The Lymphatic System Functions – Importance of the Lymphatic System

by Ross Bridgeford

lymphatic system functions

Lymphatic System Functions: What the Lymphatic System Does

I have been learning a lot more about how the lymphatic system functions of late, and I have decided to share this knowledge with you – not only because it’s very interesting, but because it is SO important and is so often ignored in the health media.

And while I did post to say that I would not have too much time to post while I am back in England – hey, I have got some time to kill before tomorrow!

Lymphatic System Functions

Put most simply, the lymphatic system functions as an intricate system of thin tubes that runs throughout the human body. It is closely related to the cardiovascular system and its primary purpose is to help the body to filter out organisms that cause disease and other toxins.

The lymphatic system has a constant flow of lymph and acts as a second circulatory system. The difference between the lymph and the cardiovascular system is that it works with white blood cells which protect you from becoming infected by bacteria and viruses. The lymphatic system functions by moving lymph through the system with pressure exerted by the squeezing of skeletal muscles. Once it reaches the thoracic duct (and the right lymphatic duct for the right upper body’s lymph system) the duct drains into the circulatory system, acting as a constant sewerage system for the body.

How the Lymphatic System Functions – A Deeper Explanation

While the main function of other tissue fluid is to deliver nutrients and goodness to the cells – the role of lymph is to clean up the waste that is left behind by this process and to dispose of it. This waste can include dead blood cells, pathogens, and cancer cells.

These lymphatic system functions also include the absorption of excess fluid and its return to the blood stream, absorption of fat (in the villi of the small intestine) and undertaking the immune system function.

The Lymphatic System and the Immune System

Lymph contains a high number of lymphocytes which are essential to a healthy immune system. The lymphatic system is extremely efficient in helping fight infection and it accomplishes this in many ways such as by helping to product white blood cells which then produce antibodies. Also, as lymph nodes contain macrophages they are excellent at enveloping and killing foreign particles including germs.

A Healthy Lymphatic System Function

Maintaining a healthy lymphatic system can be quite straightforward – yet its benefits to our bodies and energy levels can be incredible. Alongside the breathing techniques I have mentioned before, the following can also help to encourage a healthy lymphatic system.

How to Ensure the Lymphatic System Functions Effectively:

  • Drink plenty of clean, pure water – preferably alkaline, ionized water
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fresh alkaline foods, vegetables, providing a full range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients
  • Supplement your diet with healthy fats
  • Take regular aerobic AND anaerobic exercise
  • Avoid exposure to the causes of disease and infection
  • Avoid pollutants, toxic substances and an unhealthy environment (especially at work)
  • Undertake stress management techniques such as yoga, meditation and exercise to promote wellness

The lymphatic system is clearly important and it is surprising how little press it gets. These are just the notes that I have been making whilst researching more into the lymphatic system, but I really do recommend that you read more!

To help you on your way, these are the sites that I have found to be the most useful about how the lymphatic system functions:

Wiki Lymph Article
BBC Lymph Article

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About Ross Bridgeford

Ross Bridgeford is known as THE Alkaline Diet Expert...especially when it comes to implementation and making the alkaline diet REAL in your life. He has been living, learning, teaching, coaching and loving the alkaline lifestyle since 2004 and has written over 650 articles, alkaline recipes, videos and guides on how to live alkaline and stay alkaline for life.

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Mary May 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Ross, you are such a blessing to me and to many others from the comments I have been reading. The comments are also beneficial and sometimes just plain entertaining which I have read is also beneficial to us. I thank you so much for your work here. It is as I have said before and say again, a blessing.


Ross Bridgeford May 31, 2013 at 1:45 am

Thanks Mary! For leaving me such a nice comment you are a blessing :)


subhan October 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

tanx a lot


luvera August 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

My herbalist gave me a simple arm test and found that I was having problems with my lymphatic system. She recommended that I do 5 jumping jacks every morning to keep my lymph nodes from closing or clogging up. If it clogs, the wastes cannot pass from your body. Older women gain weight if their system is not functioning properly. She also recommended that I take natural lymphatonic capsules to cleanse the lymphatic system. I followed her advice and I am much better. I can really tell a difference in my body. Your information is very helpful as well.


Jsksi April 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm

lympathic system…. Gud explanation!! It helps my science homework a lot ~ thanks XD!


shirin October 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm

thank you so much for this x explained well and i understood it.


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tina September 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Thank you so much!!!


gemma March 7, 2010 at 12:46 am

thanx 4 the info it has come in useful for my biology exam


Kandyce February 8, 2010 at 5:16 pm

This has been helpful. Thank you.


Alan July 26, 2006 at 4:05 am

i agree with the commenter above. this has been really usefull!


Weight Loss July 9, 2006 at 2:23 pm

I am not usually into reading about indepth body health issues but that was a pretty well put together post on the Lymphatic System. Keep it up as I learned a lot today.


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