What is Lymph-ology?

 

Lymph-ology is the study of the lymphatic system.

 

The lymphatic system is a key component of your immune system. The lymphatic  system is a complex network of tissues and organs consisting of lymphatic ducts, vessels & capillaries, lymph nodes and lymph (fluid). The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are also part of the lymphatic system. It’s primary function is to transport lymph, a clear –to– milky fluid through a vast network of over 600 lymph nodes. Lymph fluid carries specialized cells throughout your body that search out and destroy viruses, bacteria, toxins and waste products. The lymphatic system also helps circulate fluids, proteins, hormones and immune cells throughout the body that are vital to maintaining total body well-being and balance.

 

Unlike the heart for the circulatory system, the lymphatic system is not pressurized by a muscle. Therefore, lymph does not flow at the same speed as blood. Without a 'pump' the flow of lymph throughout the body is naturally slower and can easily get congested. Causes of congestion range from inactivity, poor diet, emotional stress, environmental toxins, traumatic injuries and surgeries. Impairment in lymphatic flow can result in fluid retention (edema) and various other systems of ill-health. Consequently, toxic waste matter cannot effectively be released from the body, nor can the immune system function at optimal performance.

 

Our lymphatic system is like a transportation highway; as long as cars are moving freely, every-body can easily get to their destination. But what happens if there is an accident? Lane closures? Cars are now stuck on the highway with no way to exit. Cars quickly begin to pile up, creating traffic congestion and road blockades. Similar to a free flowing highway that comes to a stop, lymph, a clear, watery fluid, becomes cloudy and thick with toxic waste products when the body can not eliminate “traffic jams.” This lymphatic congestion can lead to swollen lymph nodes, a variety of chronic symptoms, illnesses and even cancer.