Description of Lymphatic system
Most people know little or nothing about the lymphatic system, save that there are these lymph nodes in the armpits and the groin, and that swelling of these is a signal that something is wrong. Nobody without medicine training knows that the lymphatic system is twice the size of the cardiovascular system. There is twice as much lymph than blood in the body, and lymphatic vessels are twice as long as blood vessels. Starting to realize the importance of lymph? Let's see more. As is known, we are mostly composed of water. Some of that water, which is not already in the cells, is located in the bloodstream, but most of it is located in the lymph. Also, our cells are basically drenched in lymph.
Now, what is that lymph? It is a pale fluid that is more or less just like the blood only without most of the blood cells, that is found in the space around the cells, from where it is collected into the vessels of the lymphatic system, and vice versa. Blood releases oxygen and nutrients, salt and minerals not directly to the cell, but to the lymph. Lymph also collects waste products of cell metabolism and carries it away, dropping them into the blood later, and waste products then get to kidneys, lungs, colon and skin and gets expelled out of the system.
Lymphatic vessels run alongside veins of the circulatory system. There are more than six hundred lymph nodes in our body, where lymph is collected and filtered (this is where most of the things dangerous for our organism, such as, viruses, bacteria and foreign bodies, are done away with), and then passes on. Lymph nodes also contain a type of white blood cells known as B lymphocytes. These produce antibodies, specialized to deal with previously encountered treats by means of identifying and attacking them rapidly, before they can cause harm. This is why you can suffer from some diseases such as measles just once
When we are healthy, lymph nodes are at their regular size, roughly as large as an almond. However, when they are hard at work, fighting infections or being overrun with toxins, they swell and can become painful.
What if it breaks
A whole range of trouble awaits anyone whose lymph system works less than ideally. To keep it healthy, make sure that you do not lack rest or exercise, eat as little processed food as possible, and try to avoid contact with toxins or toxic environment.