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Lymph

illustration of the Lymphatic System

Lymph is a watery, slightly yellow liquid found in the lymphatic vessels of one’s body. These vessels act as a drainage system for the body. Just as blood circulates throughout one’s body so does the lymph. Lymphatic vessels range in size from very large to microscopic and are found in every organ and tissue of the body. These lymphatic vessels flow alongside one’s blood vessels. However, unlike blood, lymph does not flow because of a heart “pump”. Lymph flows slowly, coaxed by the movement of the body’s muscles, until it empties back into the blood vessels just above the heart.

The actual lymph fluid is formed when liquid plasma and protein from the blood ooze out of their capillaries and are then picked up by the almost transparent lymph capillaries (vessels). However, it is not only excess fluid from the blood that is picked up, but also nutrients, hormones, waste products of the cells, bacteria, cancer cells, and cellular debris. Also present within the lymph are lymphocytes, which disable harmful foreign invaders. During circulation lymph passes through countless lymph nodes stationed throughout its pathways. Each lymph node acts as a filter helping to destroy microorganisms and cellular debris. Besides helping to maintain the body’s fluid balance and defend the body against disease, the lymph absorbs digested fats from the intestines and transports them to the blood.

Physical Signs Traditionally Associated With Toxins in the
Lymph System

Lymphoma and section of enlarged lymph node
Primary Signs
  • Frequent colds & infections
  • Tiredness
  • Lethargic body
  • Tender lymph nodes
Secondary Signs
  • Low immune response
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Spontaneous bruising
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Cellulite formation
  • Pale skin
  • Extremely thin
  • Problems with sense of taste
  • Lip problems
  • Heaviness & weakness of extremities
  • Yeast infections
  • Eating disorders
  • Food intolerance
In Depth

When the lymphatic system becomes overly toxic, it leaves a great deal of unprocessed waste throughout one’s body. This can lead to a weak immune system, frequent colds, and an overall cloudy & weighted feeling throughout the body.

Emotional Signs Traditionally Associated With Toxins in the
Lymph System

Lymph anatomical diagram
Primary Signs
  • Agitation
  • Over stressed
  • Muddy thinking
  • Difficult to relax or sleep
Secondary Signs
  • Worry
  • Failing memory
  • Brooding
  • Self pity
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Stubbornness
In Depth

The lymphatic system relies on muscle contractions to move lymph throughout its vessels. Without muscles the lymph would not “flow” through its own vessels. However, when the lymph becomes toxic there is a continual need for movement to break up the toxins in the body. This is manifested emotionally as a feeling of continual agitation, the need to move, to break up the toxic lymph. It can also create cloudy thoughts when toxins are not being processed.

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