Why doesn't anybody talk about their lymphs?

 

I mean the lymphatic system.

Heard about it? Most folks know the name, but that's about it. 

You could include me in that group. Until now.

I had a swollen lymph node in my neck and started to realize… I didn't know much about them. Or what they do.

Guess what? They are very important to your overall health.

Let me explain:

First off — what is the lymphatic system?

The lymphatic system is made up of tiny tubes called lymphatic vessels, which collect lymph fluid. These vessels route the fluid through the lymph nodes, which house immune cells that kill off abnormal cells and other harmful substances.

Pretty important job. I like to think of them like mini-fuel filters. (I know, another car analogy.) But the similarities are there. Think about it. Your car would simply shut off if the fuel coming in was full of junk. Same goes for your body.

So now that you know how important it is. Here are some ways you can keep your lymphatic system working great:

Exercise

There are many systems in your body that rely on exercise. The lymphatic system is no exception.

The contraction of your muscles becomes the pump that helps the fluid get around your body. Exercise can help the lymphatic system flow more effectively and potentially help prevent infections and other diseases.

Watch Your Weight

Your lymphatic system also works best if you maintain a healthy weight. This is another reason why exercise is helpful — it helps you keep your weight down.

Plus, obesity causes inflammation and hormonal imbalances. If your lymphatic system is struggling it may compound those problems.

These may seem like common sense things to do. Which is probably why eating right and exercise are so good for all sorts of different reasons. But now you know of two more reasons to motivate you. Which in this case, is a very good thing.

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