The body has four major systems. The blood circulatory system, the nervous system, the digestive system and the lymph system. Each one is vital to our survival and each one performs different functions. Let us take a look at the lymph system.
The lymph system is the system in your body that recycles of most of your body’s cellular waste. It is made up of a network of vessels that are filled with lymph, a clear fluid that is produced by the absorption of blood plasma.
All of the vessels in the lymph system are selectively permeable. This means that they allow certain substances in your body in and keep others out whilst also keeping certain substances in. the substance that the lymph system mostly processes is blood plasma. The plasma is what carries the nutrients to the cells. Once the cells have finished with the plasma it has to get back to the heart. The blood vessels can manage to deal with around seventeen of the approximately twenty liters that the body goes through in a single day. It is up to the lymph system to deal with the other three liters. This is done through the collection of interstitial fluid, the fluid between the cells that used to be blood plasma, and the depositing of this fluid into the subclavian veins,
The lymph system is also a part of your immune system. It transports antigen-presenting cells. These are the cells that will notify the body of the presence of an infection and elicit an immune response. The lymph system is also there to transport the white blood cells from the lymph nodes into the bones. The lymph nodes are where the majority of the disease fighting occurs. There are lymph nodes located in the chest, neck, pelvis, armpit and groin areas. In layman’s terms, they are often referred to as “glands” and it is the swelling of these “glands” that will indicate a severe infection and immune response.
The lymph system also aids in the digestive process by transporting fatty acids and fats out of the digestive system. These are transported back into the blood stream via the thoracic duct all the way up to the subclavian veins.
As you can see by now, the lymph system is an integral part in the regulation of your body’s various fluids and your body’s immune system. The lymph system carries cells and fluids all over the body at quite a speed. This is why cancer of the lymphatic system is often deadly. It is able to spread so quickly that it is seldom caught in time to stop the spreading of the disease.
It is because of this that it is so important to make sure that you do everything you can to keep your lymph system healthy and functioning correctly. Failure to do so can be potentially fatal. So be sure that you take really good care of your entire body, the lymph system included. You will stay healthier and feel a lot better if you manage to do this.