I’ve mentioned lymph in many “Healthy Tips” so here is a basic explanation about lymph and why you need to know about it.
Lymph is a fluid that represents about 10% of the blood. Lymph assists in providing nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Lymph also carries white blood cells to help fight infection, it carries excess fluids, waste, toxins, pathogens, and even cancer cells from the tissues. Lymph passes through filters called lymph nodes. There are 500-700 lymph nodes and the goal is to push the fluids to these filters to be cleansed. High concentrations of lymph nodes are found in the arm pit area, groin area, neck and abdominal cavity. The tonsils are an example of lymph nodes.
When lymph becomes sluggish, disease can arise. If you develop swelling, edema, bloat, aches or pains, or a chronic condition, it’s time to start moving lymph on a daily basis. Pressure is the only thing that helps move the lymph. It can be pressure from build-up of other fluids, massage, skin brushing, rebounding, muscle flexing during exercise or gravity.