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A Detailed Look at Your Lymphatic System

How much do you know of your lymphatic system and its role in your body? You might not know much about the system even though it is a central system for your entire health.

What you might not know is that without this 'little known' lymphatic system, your other body systems would cease to function entirely. Follow the conversation to find out why this system is crucial to your wellbeing and health.

But, first things first….

What is the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is a connection of tissues, organs, and vessels for the primary purpose of draining and getting rid of toxins and other wastes in the body tissues and cells. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system and part circulatory system.

While the circulatory system is a closed circuit with the heart being at the center, the lymphatic system is a one-way system. It consists of returning or venous vessels that serve to transport the lymph fluid back to the circulatory system. The journey of the lymphatic vessels ends up at the joint of the two lymph ducts, the thoracic duct, and the right lymph duct.

Various lymphoid organs of the lymphatic system assist the system in its functions, such as in the immune system and the circulatory system.

The interstitial fluid surrounds the tissue and cells to nourish, lubricate, and cleanse them before leaving the interstitial space through the lymphatic vessels.

The Lymphatic System Procedure

When the blood circulates nutrients and oxygen around the body, it contains blood plasma, which purposely leaks or diffuses through the capillaries' thin walls. The blood plasma then enters the space surrounding the tissue cells.

The area around the body cells is called interstitial space. The blood plasma that leaks from the blood vessels to settle in the interstitial space is called interstitial fluid.

The interstitial fluid surrounds the tissue and cells to nourish, lubricate, and cleanse them. The fluid then leaves the interstitial space through the lymphatic system while changing its name to the lymph.

Lymph is a clear, whitish, or yellowish fluid, where the color varies to the waste protein concentration. It cleans your body cells by carrying away cellular wastes, toxins, dead cells, and other infectious organisms. The lymph from the digestive system carries fats, and it is called chyle. The lymph then enters the lymph nodes.

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