If you suffer from Lyme disease, chances are you have a poorly functioning lymphatic system.
What is the Lymphatic System?
The lymphatic system is your body’s sewer system that drains waste and carries your body’s immune response to and from every individual system in your body. Its primary job is to move immune cells and dead cellular debris through your body to where they can be removed or reused.
The primary function of the lymphatic system is to support the optimal function of the immune system by producing white blood cells (lymphocytes) and filtering toxins, hormones, viruses, bacteria and other foreign matter from the body. Once these toxins have been filtered through the lymphatic system, they are delivered to the kidneys, liver, spleen, skin and other organs to be filtered again and then removed from the body.
The lymphatic system is comprised of a network of small vessels and filtering collection spots, known as lymph nodes and there are over 500 of these nodes in the body. This system circulates a thin, white, watery fluid called lymphatic fluid.
A poorly functioning lymphatic system is a risk factor for the development of several diseases. Research from UC Davis shows that Lyme can hide out in the lymph nodes and trigger a significant immune response. Swollen lymph nodes are very common among those suffering with Lyme disease.
Years of your body accumulating toxins from your food and environment can cause your lymph system to become overwhelmed and clogged. When your lymph is clogged, dead cells, bacteria, fungus, and other toxins accumulate between your skin and tissues.
This results in symptoms such as:
- Brain fog
- Dry skin / skin issues
- Increased menstrual issues
- And cold hands and feet to name a few
Waking up in the morning feeling stiff and sore is another sign of lymphatic congestion and children who have lots of mucus, are swollen, and get chronic ear infections tend to have static lymph as well.
Static lymph affects your immune system and this can affect a lot of different things in your body. This is one of the first things that go wrong when people get sick.
Maintaining the lymphatic system is extremely important for optimal health.
The lymph system is similar to the circulatory system in many ways, however unlike the circulatory system, which has the heart that continuously pumps blood through the blood vessels, the lymphatic system has no pump to pump its fluid through the body. So to keep it healthy and avoid a buildup of excess fluid in the tissues, along with an increase in viruses and disease, it needs help in order to filter out toxins.
If you do not help circulation in your lymphatic system, you can experience lymphatic congestion. This is a result of a buildup of toxins in the body and results in the above mentioned symptoms. To get your lymphatic system moving again, there are some simple things that you can do each day to improve lymphatic function and improve your body’s ability to filter out toxins.
I told you earlier that your lymphatic system is like your body’s sewer system. Just like when a sewer system gets clogged and creates a major mess, the same can happen in your body. Your body’s toxic burden increases, and has nowhere to go.
Congestion in your lymphatic system can cause a weakened immune system which leads to serious illnesses and chronic diseases a. A clog in your lymphatic “drain” can lead to the accumulation of toxins which the body initially tries to remove. Your Lyme symptoms of pain, stiffness, brain fog, fatigue, and indigestion could be the result of a sluggish lymphatic system that needs improving.