COULD YOUR FLUID RE­TEN­TION AND CHRONIC SI­NUSI­TIS BE DUE TO LYM­PHATIC CON­GES­TION?

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Many of us give lit­tle thought to our lym­phatic sys­tem. It is the net­work of the body has used what it needs from our blood.

WHAT IS THE LYM­PHATIC SYS­TEM?

The lym­phatic sys­tem con­tains and re­moves wastes. It con­sists not only of ves­sels but also of lymph nodes, the ton­sils, ade­noids, thy­mus and spleen. Th­ese or­gans con­tain im­mune cells called lym­pho­cytes and macrophages that are cru­cial to our body be­ing able to pro­tect it­self from viruses, bac­te­ria and can­cer cells. When the lym­phatic sys­tem is over worked or slug­gish th­ese or­gans can be­come en­larged for ex­am­ple in the case of swollen and sore lymph nodes in the neck with a sore throat. With se­vere vi­ral in­fec­tions such as glan­du­lar fever the spleen can swell which can be life threat­en­ing if it rup­tures. With caus­ing mu­cus ac­cu­mu­la­tion es­pe­cially in the si­nuses. in­fec­tions, can­cer cells and al­ler­gies and can also cause an in­crease in the size of lymph nodes. If this oc­curs its cause needs to be eval­u­ated by a health pro­fes­sional to en­sure that an ac­cu­rate di­ag­no­sis is made. Im­prov­ing the func­tion of the lym­phatic sys­tem im­proves the func­tion of the im­mune sys­tem

HOW CAN I LOOK AF­TER MY LYM­PHATIC SYS­TEM?

Things that can Lym­phatic ves­sels don’t have mus­cles around them and rely on grav­ity and our Ex­er­cises such as yoga as ideal as they twist our bod­ies in ev­ery di­rec­tion been shown to im­prove blood and lym­phatic cir­cu­la­tion. re­duce the bur­den on our lym­phat­ics such as foods high in omega-3 oils, green leafy veg­eta­bles and high anti-ox­i­dant foods such as berries. If your lym­phatic sys­tem needs a big boost then cer­tain herbs have also been such as fer­mented turmeric. Our lym­phatic sys­tem is an un­sung hero and one of our great­est pro­tec­tors from in­fec­tions. Look­ing af­ter it will serve you well into the win­ter months as

Words: Dr Elen ApThomas

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