Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is the immune system’s own circulatory system.  The lymphatic system permeates every organ of the body except the brain.  The lymphatic vessels contain a light, thick fluid (lymph) consisting of a fat-laden liquid and white blood cells.  Our bodies have more lymphatic fluid than blood and more mileage of lymph system and ducts than of blood vessels.  The function of the lymphatic system is to defend the body against foreign, harmful substances such as:  bacteria, virus, germs, microorganisms, or the body’s own cells that have gone bad.  The lymphatic system works toward killing or eliminating destructive invaders within the body.  If the lymphatic flow is strong, this is a simple process.  The toxins are carried away in the lymph through the thoracic duct of the heart.  The toxins then re-enter the bloodstream to be purified by the liver and eliminated by the kidneys.  If lymphatic flow is weak, these toxins become a health problem.  If a virus, bacteria or other invaders cannot be eliminated entirely, a wall made of cells usually disables the invader.  However, when the immune system is weakened, that invader may re-emerge and re-manifest itself regardless of the time frame.