Keeping the lymphatic system flowing as it should is an integral part of our overall well-being. The main function of the lymphatic system is to act as a filtration and drainage system for the entire body. Without it, our immune and cardiovascular systems could not function.
How Does the Lymphatic System Support Immunity?
When oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood moves from the circulatory system into the body’s tissues, fluids containing waste products are reabsorbed by the circulatory system to be filtered. However, some of the waste tissue cannot be absorbed by the bloodstream. These remaining waste fluids are left in the tissues, where they may cause swelling and illness if not removed. That’s where the lymphatic system comes in.
When functioning optimally, the lymphatic system removes excess, waste-filled fluid from the body’s tissues. The lymphatic capillaries are unique in that they are big enough to absorb the larger organisms that can cause disease throughout the body. Once inside the lymphatic capillaries, the waste fluid (lymph) is passed through lymph nodes, which cleanse the fluids and return them to the bloodstream. The lymph nodes contain immune cells that swallow up any unwanted invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells.
How Does the Lymphatic System Support Weight Management?
When our body digests food, many systems work together to make sure nutrients get where they need to go. The lymphatic system is responsible for the absorption of nutrients from lipids (fats.) The lymphatic system absorbs digestive fats so that they can be used as energy. When the fat absorption is impaired, it begins to accumulate in the body, which leads to weight gain.
The connection between an improperly functioning lymphatic system and metabolic diseases, obesity, and excess weight gain is starting to be looked at more closely. Recent studies are showing that when the lymphatic system can’t do its job, excess fat builds up in the tissues. So what can you do to ensure the lymphatic system works optimally?
Lymphatic Support from The ReSet Lounge
Movement is the single most effective way to maintain a healthy lymphatic system. Movement through exercise and even very gentle stretches give the lymph a lot of support. The ReSet Lounge’s certified Personal Training staff can create a program tailored to your needs.
Movement of the lymph can also be encouraged through manual manipulation such as Whole Body Vibration, Craniosacral Massage, Cryo T-Shock therapy, and our Medical Grade Massage and Compression Chairs. ReSet also offers two types of saunas: the Hocatt Ozone Sauna and Infrared Sauna. A session in either one of these state-of-the-art saunas will encourage circulation and help the lymphatic system function. Adding any of these therapies to a lymph-supporting routine will boost immune function, help you maintain a healthy weight, and increase overall feelings of well-being.