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