Part 1 of 3 in our Series on Lymphatic Inflammation
Part 1. What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is an amazing network of organs, fluids, nodules and nodes, glands, vessels and ducts that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. Think of it as the highway system for the trash trucks where trash trucks exit into the toilet.
The lymphatic system collects waste from the tissue, with much of it passing through an underarm while in route to the heart, spleen, liver and kidneys for filtering and processing out of the body by pooping and peeing.
When the trash trucks don’t exit, they create congestion on the highway system.
This is often referred to as systemic lymphatic inflammation – a pre-cursor to potential disease.
Sometimes, the trucks dump their loads along the highway system, creating piles of localized trash or congestion, contributing to masses, cysts and fibroids, particularly in the female reproductive organs. (When things spill over from there, they may contribute to endometriosis.)
You can monitor your levels of inflammation with Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging at The Thermogram Center.
Consider these examples of varying levels/intensities of lymphatic inflammation:
The majority of breast cancers occur in the left breast.
As indicated by the diagram at right, most of the body’s lymphatics drain through the left upper chest and underarm. Perhaps this is why the majority of breast cancers occur in the left breast.
However, while this diagram infers that the head drains 50/50, Risk Assessing Thermal Imaging has revealed that many peoples’ heads drain more to the right chest and underarm.
The below diagram indicates lymphatic fluid flows from the head, approaches the collar bone area, and then may flow to the left or the right chest and underarm.
A free-flowing lymphatic system is essential to a healthy body.
We have twice as much lymph fluid as blood, about 187,000 miles of lymphatic vessels, and about 600 lymph nodes. The network acts as the body’s sewer system, ridding the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. Another function of the lymphatic system is to transport the lymph fluid’s white blood cells to fight infections in the body.
Chronic inflammation, the precursor to auto-immune conditions, illness and disease, means that the body is carrying trash rather than eliminating it: the highway system is backed up with trash trucks and sewage.
Look for Part 2 and Part 3 on The Lymphatic System to address sources of inflammation and how to move it out of the body.
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