The human lymph system is an amazing part of health and wellness! This system is spread throughout the entire body. Lymph vessel's drain and transport interstitial fluid. Put simply, the lymph vessels carry blood proteins away from the small narrow spaces between the body tissue or parts of an organ. The lymph system is responsible for removing the following blood proteins: albumins, globulins, and fibrinogens. These blood proteins cannot be removed by absorption directly into blood capillaries. Therefore, the removal of blood protein from the interstitial spaces is an essential function of the lymph system.
The Sodium & Potassium Balance
According to Dr. Samuel West, D.N., N.D., a chemist and lymph specialist, the main purpose of the blood proteins is to maintain healthy levels of water in the blood stream. However, as blood proteins get "trapped" in the spaces around our cells, they pull sodium and water out of the bloodstream. Inside the cell, the potassium level must remain high, and the sodium level must remain low. The sodium-potassium ratio creates a pumping action which generates an electrical field. Maintaining a balanced sodium-potassium ratio is key for life processes and energy. Inflammation and chronic conditions occur in the body when this ratio is out of balance. It is a very delicate balance!
Dr. Samuel West's lymphology research is written in his book called The Seven Golden Discoveries. Check out his book on Amazon here.
Lymph Vessels Remove Waste
Subsequently, lymphatic capillaries carry the blood proteins that have been removed from the tissues around the cells to the lymphatic vessels. Lymphatic vessels have one-way check valves. These valves keep the fluids flowing in a single direction. The tissues of the body, comprised of bones, flesh and organs, all excrete waste products because of their daily work. These waste products must be quickly removed, or the tissues involved will suffer damage. As a result, the lymph system plays a vital role with the lymph nodes acting as purification pathways.
Additionally, the liver has a critical role in detoxifying the body. Did you know the liver is loaded
with lymphatics? If the lymph system is challenged, then the liver may be compromised. A compromised liver can have major health effects. In today's world, health issues have become more complex. Food choices, constant exposure to electromagnetic radiation, and lack of exercise are important factors and can contribute a compromised liver.
Ways You Can Support the Lymphatic System
A diet rich in vegetables, sprouts, salads, carefully cooked grains, and healthy condiments help keep the body balanced. Aid proper digestion by eating heavier proteins early in the day. Further, using a rebounder or other gentle exercise helps to circulate the lymph in the body. Additionally, applying essential oils to the spine, abdomen, chest, and legs before rebounding will benefit the lymph system.
Essential Oils and the Lymphatic System
Several Young Living Essential Oils have been known to aid in stimulating and detoxifying the lymphatic system. Firstly, the following essential oils are helpful: Myrtle, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Tangerine, Orange, Rosemary, Cypress, and Myrrh. Additional recommended essential oil blends include Di-Gize, Aroma Life, En-R-Gee, and Citrus Fresh.
Secondly, there is a wonderful essential oil recipe which can be beneficial for the lymph system. There are two ways to use this recipe: Mix the following essential oils and apply directly on location or mix with equal parts carrier oil and apply. The best location to apply are on the lymph nodes or liver.
5 drops Cypress oil
2 drops Orange oil
3 drops Grapefruit oil
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Diffusing Essential Oils for the Lymph System
Similarly, diffusing any of the above oils in an essential oil diffuser is also helpful for the lymphatic system. Or enjoy these oils by creating a refreshing beverage. Simply put a drop of Young Living Essential Oil in purified water. Be careful only to ingest laboratory tested essential oils that have met the required standards for therapeutic oils for internal use.
Taking care of your lymph system is a critical part of your overall health and wellness. Give your lymph system a boost with healthy food choices, regular exercise, and essential oils!