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Love for the Lymphatic

The Lymphatic system is the body’s first line of defense against all disease. This system has three main functions including tissue drainage, fat transport, and activates the immune response. So, what exactly is the Lymphatic system and how is it connected to the immune system?

The Lymphatic System is made of a network of lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels, lymphoid tissues, and lymphatic organs. As a network, these elements work together to move a colorless watery fluid called lymph back into your circulatory system via the blood stream. The Lymphatic System is in every major region of the body except for the brain and spinal cord.

Lymphatic organs are also known as the organs of the immune system. It is made of very small tubes or vein-like vessels that drain lymph fluid from all over the body. The primary lymphoid organs include the red bone marrow and the thymus. The secondary lymphoid organs include the spleen and lymph nodes.

The body contains hundreds of lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are also known as lymph glands. They are small bean shaped structures that filter substances that travel through the lymphatic fluid. Lymph nodes contain lymphocytes (white blood cells). Lymphocytes are positioned to mount an immune response, which alerts the body to fight infections and diseases.

The immune system is housed in the lymphatic network of organs. The primary function of the immune system is designed to defend the body against infection, as it protects the body's own cells. The Lymphatic System sends out fighter cells (T-Lymphatic and B-Lymphatic) to fight against eroded cells in the body.

The immune system keeps a record of every germ (microbe) it has ever defeated so it can recognize and destroy the microbe quickly if it enters the body again. If the lymphatic system is not healthy, the immune system is weakened and disabled leading to illnesses.

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