Immune system support – the role of the lymphatic and digestive systems
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The lymphatic system and immunity The lymphatic system is a highly important, yet largely under-rated, system in our bodies. It has a critical role to play in: • maintaining fluid balance in the body • absorbing fat from the digestive tract• acting like a garbage collection service, filtering the bloodstream of toxins and waste• combatting infection – lymph nodes [...]
• absorbing fat from the digestive tract
• acting like a garbage collection service, filtering the bloodstream of toxins and waste
• combatting infection - lymph nodes contain copious amounts of white blood cells that engulf bacteria. Here are a handful of incredible facts you possibly didn’t know about the lymphatic system: 1. It is made up of lymph, lymphocytes, lymph vessels, lymph nodes, the tonsils, the thymus gland, Peyer’s patches of the intestines and the spleen. 2. We have approximately 3 times the amount of lymph fluid in our bodies than we do blood. 3. Blood is pushed around our body by the heart’s contractions. In contrast, lymphatic fluid generally flows around the body against gravity. Three things help to keep it moving: the contractions of surrounding muscles during exercise or activity (this can increase lymph flow by up to fifteen times); contractions of smooth muscle in the lymph vessel walls; and movements of the chest when breathing. 4. The most essential part of the immune system is in the gut - seventy per cent of all antibody-producing cells are found in Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (GALT), found in the intestine. GALT is considered the largest group of immune cells in the body. Consequently, just by stepping up your level of activity and taking deep breaths, you will be cleansing your immune system! The digestive system The digestive tract is the group of organs in the body through which food and liquids pass when they are ingested, digested and eliminated. These organs include the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, rectum and anus. In contrast to the lymphatic system, the digestive system usually gets more interest – but not necessarily without due cause. Nutritional medicine places much emphasis on the efficient operation of the digestive system in terms of its impact on our overall health and well-being. This reasonable, as obviously our bodies rely upon the food we eat and the liquids we drink for nutrients. Likewise, we rely upon the digestive tract to eliminate toxins from our bodies, which would otherwise be damaging if allowed to remain. Moreover, the health of our lymphatic system is said to be greatly affected by the health of our intestines, as is the liver and our immune system. The digestive system is one of the most essential systems of our body and its normal functioning is vital to our survival. We take all our nutrition and energy from the digestive system, and its breakdown can lead to lethargy and nutrient deficiency. Lesson learned What the above teaches us, is that it is important that we do all that we can to support our lymphatic and digestive systems and ensure that they are operating efficiently. The day-to-day strains that are placed on these systems by the modern-day diet, work strains, family stresses, lack of exercise and environmental toxins all create an incredible burden on both the digestive and lymphatic systems on a daily basis. A reasonable exercise regime and a healthy eating regimen can go a long way to reducing this burden. However, sometimes our bodies need a little bit of extra help. Dietary supplementation can offer your body support, especially at times of unusual strain. Specialist Supplements Ltd has a fantastic range of non-synthetic, herbal supplements to support both immunity and digestive transit. The superfoods supplements range is packed full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals for an easy top-up every day. The digestive system supplements range contains digestive aids, colon cleansers (both herbal and oxygenated), digestive enzymes, high strength probiotics and much more. Check them out now!