WHAT IS THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM?
The Lymphatic System is made up of:
• Lymph fluid – a clear, colorless fluid found in the spaces between body tissues.
• Lymph vessels – tiny channels that run throughout the body and carry lymph fluid.
• Lymph nodes – small structures that work as filters for harmful substances. Major clusters are found along the jaw line, under the armpits, along the groin, pelvic and abdominal areas.
While the circulatory system has a heart to pump blood through the body, the lymphatic system does not use the heart to pump its lymph fluid and must rely on the contraction of the body’s muscles to circulate it. Lymph moves in only one direction, towards the heart. The Lymphatic System’s primary function is to transport lymph fluid, which is comprised of infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes, throughout the body. Lymph vessels carry and drain fluid from virtually all tissues to help maintain the body’s fluid balance, remove waste and attack foreign invaders. Lymph nodes store and produce these infection-fighting white blood cells in response to illness, infection or stress. In a particularly strong infection, lymph nodes can become swollen and are oftentimes felt in the neck, underarms and groin.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
One of the major roles of the lymphatic system is to aid the immune system by removing and destroying waste, toxins and harmful pathogens. Lymph vessels have very tiny openings that allow water, nutrients and gases to pass through, nourishing the surrounding cells as they remove impurities. Lymph vessels called lacteals are also found in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract and work to transport fat and fat soluble vitamins from the small intestines to the bloodstream. A malfunction of this part of the lymphatic system can result in serious malnutrition. Improper functioning of the Lymphatic system can also result in its obstruction, allowing lymph fluid to build up in the tissues, a condition known as Lymphedema.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS TO LOOK FOR?
When lymph nodes swell, it is most often caused by infection, inflammation, autoimmune disease or cancer. The majority of enlarged lymph nodes are not dangerous, since it is one of your body’s ways of fighting an infection. If the lymph nodes become significantly enlarged, tender, painful, hardened or fixed for longer than 2 to 4 weeks, it is time to see your doctor. Other accompanying signs and symptoms can include: runny nose, sweating, fever, night sweats, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or breathing, bloating and unexplained weight loss.
HOW DO I IMPROVE MY LYMPHATIC HEALTH?
Invest in the health of your lymphatic system with some simple strategies:
• Drink Water – to keep the body hydrated and the lymph system flowing.
• Exercise – the lymphatic system needs muscle movement to function. Exercise increases oxygen to the cells and tissues and stimulates circulation.
• Be Kind to Your Self – start your day with gentle stretching exercises, enroll in a yoga or pilates class, incorporate deep breathing exercises or add meditation to your daily routine.
• Enrich Your Diet – give your body the nutrients needed to keep all of its system running smoothly. Incorporate high antioxidant foods, locally-grown fresh vegetables, foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, sun-ripened fruits, healthy nuts and seeds, wild caught sea food and lean meats.
• Massage – Massage has been shown to relieve stress, improve circulation and lymph flow, enhance immune function, relieve muscle and joint pain, and improve a variety of disorders that affect muscles and nerves. A specific type of Lymphatic massage called Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) offers a gentle massage designed to encourage the natural flow and drainage of lymph through the body. Getting regular lymphatic massages is important especially for those who are unable to exercise.
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WHY SHOULD I USE LYMPHOCARE?
LymphoCare® Massage Lotion is formulated with a select blend of natural oils designed to stimulate lymphatic drainage, circulation and toxin elimination during massage. This unique massage oil formula penetrates deeply to nourish muscles, ligaments and tendons and relieve muscle spasms and cramping.
LymphoCare combines Organic Olive Oil, Oil of Rose Hips, Peanut Oil, Organic Sesame Seed Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sassafras Oil, Eucalyptus Oil and Tincture of Turpentine (from natural Pine Resin). Its distinctive combination of botanical extracts and oils work to stimulate blood flow, relieve lymphatic congestion, ease swelling and soothe minor pain.
LymphoCare with massage enhances the ability of the body’s lymphatic system to detoxify and cleanse. Our exclusive formula provides additional therapeutic benefits to your massage to strengthen, energize and revitalize the body. Take LymphoCare with you to your next massage appointment or apply at home – remember to massage towards the heart.
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*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.