Lymph Node Importance

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The lymphatic system is a network of organs and tissues that help rid the body of waste and toxins. As an important part of the immune system, it is comprised of the tonsils, adenoids, spleen, thymus gland, lymph vessels, and hundreds of lymph nodes.

Unlike the circulatory system that has the heart to pump blood and nutrients throughout the body, the lymphatic system has no pump to distribute its clear/yellowish fluid. The movement of the lymphatic fluid is dependent on the movement of the muscles and joints.

The role of the 600-700 lymph nodes in the body is to filter the lymphatic fluid before it is returned to the circulatory system. As the fluid passes through the lymph nodes, it filters out toxins and debris. Once these nodes have been damaged, they cannot be regenerated.

Exercise and movement, such as walking, yoga, and rebounding, play an important role in the flow of lymphatic fluid and allows nutrients to reach the cells. Lemon water – try sipping warm throughout the day, massage, and dry brushing also enhance lymphatic flow.

Lymphatic breast massage, either self-taught or through a specially trained licensed massage therapist, can improve circulation of the lymphatic fluid in the breast/chest area. Keeping the lymph fluid free-flowing in the axillary (underarm) area is crucial in maintaining good breast health. Breast thermography provides evaluation of the axillary lymph system in addition to the breast and upper chest.

Thermography measures the heat being emitted from the body’s surface, showing a change in temperature when there is congestion or inflammation. These temperature differentials provide a glance into the body’s physiology, suggesting that lymphatic activity needs to be increased or that, hopefully, it is functioning as it should.

Monitoring lymphatic system functioning with this radiation-free health screening provides important information that can help your body function at maximum ability.

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This article was condensed from the memphis journal for Dr. David Jensen

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