Back To Health Wellness's Thought For The Day

4 Easy Ways To Boost Our Lymphatic System Function

September 01, 2023 Back To Health Wellness Season 1 Episode 28
Back To Health Wellness's Thought For The Day
4 Easy Ways To Boost Our Lymphatic System Function
Show Notes

The lymphatic system is a network of delicate tubes throughout the body. These tubes drains fluid (called lymph) that has leaked from the blood vessels into the tissues, and empties it back into the bloodstream via kidney shaped glands known as the lymph nodes.

How is lymph formed?

Lymph develops through the pores present in the walls of capillaries (fine branches of blood vessels that form a network between the arteries and veins). It is formed by Blood plasma, proteins and blood cells that escape into the intercellular spaces in the tissues.

We have two main drainage sites in the body, they are known as Ducts. We have the left thoracic duct and the right lymphatic duct  

The left thoracic duct is the largest lymphatic vessel in the human body. Around 75% of the lymph from the entire body passes through the thoracic duct.

The right lymphatic duct is responsible for draining the lymph from the upper right quadrant of the body. This includes the right side of the head and neck, the right side of the thorax and the right upper limb.

Once the lymph has been flushed through the ducts, the lymph directly drains into the subclavian veins located under the collarbones. The vein will carry the lymph to the liver or kidneys, which will remove the waste products like the destroyed bacteria from the cells and excrete it through our urine.

4 Easy Ways to boost our Lymphatic System Function -

  1. drink plenty of water.
  2. engage in physical activity like walking up and down hills. 
  3. eat vegetables and fruits.
  4. limit your intake of processed foods.

Other methods include regular massage, and breathing techniques which can help keep your lymphatic system healthier and functioning better. 

Incorporating these practices into your daily routine can help to reduce swelling around joints, improve circulation, and boost your overall health.