The lymphatic system is classed as a secondary system, yet is an important circulatory system, working in conjunction with the cardiovascular system, and the lymph fluid forms the bridge between the major arterial and the smaller microscopic venous circulations.
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We have included this page in our anti-cellulite website, since the lymphatic system impacts on the occurrence of cellulite, and because a healthy lymphatic system is required to keep the body working properly.
This system bathes the cells in fluid and its main function is to collect fluids and wastes from between cells and return it to the main circulatory system as well as absorption of fat (in the villi of the small intestine) and forms part of the immune system of the body.
Lymph is also important to transport nutrients and drains the excess fluid and proteins away in order to prevent the tissue from "swelling up". This is a system to keep cells irrigated but also to drain away toxins, metabolic wastes from the cells and to keep the status quo on the water surrounding the cells.
The system is made up of a configuration of fine vessels (tubes) called lymphatics and except for the nervous system, are found in all parts of the body with the majority of lymphatic tissue being present in bone marrow, spleen, thymus gland, lymph nodes as well as the tonsils.
If this system is not functioning properly it gets blocked and the wastes in the system start to become toxic since they cannot be removed and may cause the body to stop functioning properly leading to degenerative diseases .
It is the manual contraction and movement of the skeletal muscles which causes the lymph fluid to move around. Whereas the circulation of blood is pumped and driven by the heart, the lymphatic system does not have this luxury and has to rely on muscle contraction, physical exercise or massage to circulate the lymph fluid.
Although operating separately from the blood circulation, the lymphatic system is equally important, although not always given the proper recognition and importance to general health.
Bone marrow contains certain tissue that produces lymphocytes which are white blood cells and mediate the immune response and include T-cells as well as B-cells. These lymphocytes also produce anti-bodies to fight infection by trapping and destroying them.
It is the presence of these white cells as well as fats, proteins salts, glucose and urea that give the lymph fluid its slightly milky tinge in the otherwise clear liquid.
The lymphatic system is present in all areas where blood vessels are present and lymph nodes are found throughout the lymphatic system, but are concentrated in the neck, groin, chest, abdomen, pelvis and armpits.
Although the nodes in the neck, armpits and groin may be the more known to us all, the majority of all the nodes are located in general areas of the gastrointestinal tract.
It is at these lymph nodes that the waste material is filtered out, and this is why the lymph nodules become swollen when an infection in a nearby site happens, as they have has to clear this increase of waste materials.
Because the lymph is present all over the body, and is a circulatory system, the closest lymph nodes are removed when cancer is found in one part of the body, to minimize the risk of the cancer spreading.
In Europe, manual lymph drainage massage is used more often than in the USA to promote good health, as the importance of this system is often undervalued by medical practitioners, yet naturopaths and alternative healers place far more importance on this system.
In iridology - the science (or art) of using the iris of the eye to diagnose the state of the body - refers to "The Lymphatic Rosary" which is a specific sign in the eye indicating lymphatic slowness and a pile-up of wastes that need to be removed. REF 40
There are various serious diseases of the lymphatic system, Lymphedema, Lymphangitis, Lymphangiosarcoma etc - but this falls out of the scope of the general discussion on the lymphatic system.
Although we have not intended to write an exhaustive page on the lymphatic system, we included it, since a sluggish lymphatic system is a contributory factor in the development of cellulite, and in order to fight cellulite on all fronts, the lymphatic system needs to be in peak performance.
To increase the lymphatic system, manual lymph drainage massage could be undertaken, click here to read more on manual lymphatic drainage massage, and alternating hot and cold showers (or baths) also helps to move the lymph around.
Results of tests done on Cellumend Cellulite Cream
The following results were detailed after the completion of the study, and can be divided as follows: