Denatured foods and a toxic environment are placing extreme stress in our bodies. More and more people are experiencing tender lymph glands in the neck, armpits and groin area. This is a sure sign of accumulating toxins. Antibiotics are continually given out freely to an already failing immune system. The lymph must be cleansed and stimulated naturally so that the immune system has an opportunity to rebuild.
The lymphatic system is like an ocean within the body. 90% of water in the body is lymph while the rest is blood, intracellular fluid and cerebral-spinal fluid. Lymph is a colorless fluid that travels throughout the body in vessels alongside the arteries and veins of the blood. It is a series of beaded capillaries that flow through ducts and nodes (glands) that collect and circulate the lymphatic waters. Lymph fluid contains salts, electrolytes and nutrients.
The right lymphatic duct collects lymph from the upper right quarters of the body into the right internal jugular vein. Lymph from the rest of the body is carried by the thoracic duct to the left internal jugular vein.
Lymph is principally associated with the skin, mucus membranes and glands. It lies just under the various layers of the skin. There is no pump to move the lymph like the heart pumps the blood. Lymph moves by stimulation through movement and exercise, also by the electro-magnetic energy system of the body.
Blood travels throughout the body, feeding cells with nutrients. It then gathers wastes from the cells and dumps them into the lymphatic system .The lymph then carries the waste products to the “(exit doors)” for toxins, which are the liver, colon, lungs, skin, bladder and kidneys to be eliminated from the body.
The lymph flows periodically through small filters called lymph nodes. These nodes are the familiar glands that get swollen and tender when infection is present in the body. Nodes vary from the size of a pinhead to that of a lima bean. There are singular nodes throughout the body but most gather in clusters in the neck, armpits, groins, and across the abdomen and spleen, the normal function of the nodes is to neutralize, and eliminate any poisons, bacteria or infectious microbes that may be present through the assistance of the immune system. The immune “army” gathers its forces in the nodes.
Edema which is a collection of fluid in the tissues may be caused by a blockage in the lymphatic channels or by their surgical removal. An example of the latter is the swelling of the arm which sometimes occurs after removal of the breast and auxiliary lymph nodes in cases of breast cancer.
The center of the lymphatic system is in the abdomen. Cellular debris from every part of your body washes into this lymphatic ocean in your lower abdomen area. There the colon, whose outer surface is covered with lymph glands collects these wastes and passes them out of the body through the bowels. The lymph in the villi of the small intestine moves the waste out to the lymph of the colon. Congestion of lymph in the small intestine causes poor absorption of nutrients as wastes due to the build up of wastes. The colon's inner lining is a thin mucus membrane which excretes lymphatic wastes as mucus, and exerts control over all membranes in the body. If the colon is congested with toxins, these toxins will back up into the lymphatic system, stress the immune system, and travel throughout the body.
Inflammatory bowel disease such as colitis, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease and celiac disease, as well as irritable bowel syndrome of spastic colon and chronic diarrhea nearly always occur in conjunction with lymphatic congestion. The lactealducts throughout the intestinal tract, the lymphatic vessels, the lymph nodes and the Peyer's patches are all involved if the condition becomes inflammatory. Inflamation in the walls of the intestines due to these disorders often cause the lymph fluid itself to become toxic to the entire body, and particularly to the liver.
Another part of the lymphatic system involves the mucus membranes. Mucus is a slippery substance secreted from the lymphatic system and synthesized from the sugars, fats and proteins floating in the lymph. A certain amount is needed to lubricate and moisten our body's inner surfaces. Often excessive mucus is produced as a protective response to irritating toxic wastes and infection. As wastes pile up in the lymphatic system, especially the colon, the respiratory system becomes an extra landfill sites for the colon. Mucus membranes in our lungs, throat and sinuses disgorge the excess mucus. Colds, post nasal drip, sore throats and plugged ears are warnings that mucus congestion is acute in the lymphatics. Asthma, bronchitis and emphysema are a result of efforts to dump excess mucus.
The liver also attempts to burn excess bodily “trash”, producing fevers, and the spleen creates cysts to store the toxic waste. The mucus eventually moves back into the bloodstream, over stressing the immune system until every part of the body is affected. Excess mucus encourages parasites, candida yeasts, bacteria and viruses to thrive in our colon, and lymphatic ocean and feed on toxic wastes. An accumulation of toxins and a congested lymph can result in gout, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and other degenerative disease. Certain forms of cancer cells spread by feeding on the stagnant and useless fats that clog the lymphatic waterways.
The spleen is largely made up of lymphoid tissue. It is located on the left side of the upper abdominal cavity, below the diaphragm and above the left kidney. It acts much like lymph nodes by filtering the blood. The white cells manufacture lymphocytes and monocytes for the immune system. The red cells act as a blood bank for several hundred mililitres of blood.
The spleen plays an important role in the destruction of worn out red blood cells. It removes the iron and oxygen from the cells; iron and oxygen are then reused by the bone marrow to make new red blood cells. Another job of the spleen is the production of antibodies for use by the immune system. If the spleen is surgically removed from the body, its functions are taken over by other organs, such as the liver, but with added stress to those organs.
The immune system is basically the thymus system with all the lymphatic tissue in the body, the liver and spleen, the thymus gland itself, the tonsils, the appencix, the Peyer's patches in the small intestine, and all the lymph nodes and lymphatic channels. The lymph vessels pick up infecting organisms or foreign particles throughout the body and delivers them to the nodes, where defensive agents await them. Here scavenger cells engulf and consume them. Lymphocytes and antibodies are manufactured in the nodes in order to destroy them and prevent these toxins, bacteria and viruses from entering the blood stream.
ROOT OF THE PROBLEM
Years of constipation along with excessive mucus build up in the colon are the underlying causes of lymphatic congestion. The colon's mucus membranes become swollen with thick mucus deposits which swell, stretch and weaken the colon. The resulting distorted shapes causes irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. Hemorrhoids are a sign of the overloading of oily debris. Diverticulitis is an advanced stage of colon deterioration. As long as the colon is congested, the lymphatic ocean will remain polluted. As long as the colon is congested, the lymphatic ocean will remain polluted.
As mucus accumulates around the small intestine, it interferes with digestion and assimilation in the gut, and causes simple food allergy. The small intestine has a relationship to the brain. When it is distressed, mental confusion and emotional discomfort can be the result.
Take stress off the intestines and lymphatics by reducing “food garbage” intake from the diet. This is the first way of reducing the primary cause of mucus congestion that causes sticky lymph from not moving through its system. Milk and milk products are the primary culprits. Sugar, hydrogenated oils, and refined foods also must be eliminated.
Some commonly used herbs are Red Clover for the lymph and Echinacea. Goldenseal and Ginseng are good for the immune system. Drinking 4-5 cups of cucumber juice a day for one week will purify the lymphatic system.
“Cleaning up the pollution” is the solution. Cleanse the colon with flax fiber, and bentonite which is a hardened mucus dissolver. Remove the mucus and debris with several colonics. Stimulate the lymph with exercise, deep abdominal breathing, rebounding, dry skin brushing, abdominal castor oil packs, and herbs. Onion is the “Queen” of the mucus dissolvers. Swedish massage and Manual Lymph Drainage can be helpful.
DRY SKIN CLEANING
Use a natural bristle brush with a long handle to brush the skin while dry, before a bath or shower and again before bed. Brush towards the lymph nodes, up the legs, up the arms, towards the heart. Be careful brushing around the breasts . If this is too difficult for you, just brush in a circle motion until the skin is a light pink color. This will feel quite invigorating, and it will stimulate the lymph.