In our last post we broke down what a Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage was. For this post we wanted to backtrack a little bit and tell you about the important Lymphatic System in our bodies! So – what is the lymphatic system you ask? The Lymphatic System is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. In a way this system basically acts as our detailed security service defending us from any unwanted visitors that may enter our bodies.
Meet the team
So we wanted to introduce you to your security team! Dwelling within a network of very small tubes in your anatomy, their job is to drain lymph fluid from all over your body and protect you from the germs and bacteria that may be in there. The muscle of your security team are lymph tissue that live in your bone marrow, spleen, thymus gland, lymph nodes and your tonsils. As a bonus you also have major organs pulling some serious weight for the team: the heart, lungs, intestines, liver and even your skin contain these superhero lymphatic tissues as well.
Why the Lymphatic System is important
Let us ask you this very basic question: would you enjoy being sick all the time? Or how about swelling up like a balloon on a regular basis? Well you can thank your lymphatic system for either of those ever happening. As we said earlier, the job of this “security team” is to help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. All day, everyday there is water, proteins and other mystery substances that are constantly leaking out of your blood capillaries into your surround tissues in your body. If you didn’t have a Lymphatic System to collect all the excess fluid then that’s where the “swelling up like a balloon” would come into play. Nobody wants to live their life looking like Violet the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka.
Another reason why this system is important is because its a main line of defense for illnesses! Tissues and organs like our lymph nodes and spleen use helpful white blood cells like lymphocytes and macrophages as their weapon of choice to defend your body. These white blood cells surround viruses and bacteria like a SWAT team and destroy them before they can get you sick. Pretty awesome right?
Three cheers for the Lymphatic System!
Just like our hardworking protection forces such as police officers and firefighters, our Lymphatic System is always nobly on the job to protect our bodies by helping get rid of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. It’s important that we do our part in taking care of our Lymphatic Systems. Here are some practical ways we can regularly make sure we’re keeping our security team ready for battle:
- Drink lots of water!
- Have a healthy diet
- Get a massage (Manual Lymphatic Drainage!)
At The Peace Within Spa we’d like to help you with that last one! Schedule an appointment for a Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage today to help your Lymphatic System to stay in ship-shape to protect your body!