The Lymphatic System
Updated: Jul 7, 2021
Your lymphatic system, part of your immune system, has many functions. They include protecting your body from illness-causing invaders, maintaining body fluid levels, absorbing digestive tract fats and removing cellular waste. Blockages, diseases or infections can affect your lymphatic system’s function.
Your lymphatic system actually has many functions. Its key functions include:
Maintains fluid levels in your body: It collects excess fluid that drains from cells and tissue throughout the body and returns it to the bloodstream, which is then recirculated through the body.
Absorbs fats from the digestive tract: Lymph includes fluids from the intestines that contain fats and proteins and transports it back to the bloodstream.
Protects your body against foreign invaders: The lymphatic system is part of the immune system. It produces and releases lymphocytes (white blood cells) and other immune cells that monitor and then destroy the foreign invaders — such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
Transports and removes waste products and abnormal cells from the lymph.
How can I keep my lymphatic system healthy?
To keep your lymphatic system strong and healthy, you should:
Avoid exposure to toxic chemicals like those in pesticides or cleaning products. These chemicals can build up in your system and make it harder for your body to filter waste.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated so lymph can easily move throughout the body.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Keep attentive to the symptoms:
Pain and aches along the body (specially joints)
Low immune system: always getting a cold/flu or herpes attacks.
Not a great quality of sleep
Legs and hands swollen