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What is lymph?
Lymph, similarly with blood, is part of the body's internal environment and it is suggestively called "white blood" because it comes from the blood and returns to the blood. Lymph appears at the level of the tissues from the intercellular liquid, which is in fact plasma coming from the blood vessels. The composition of the lymph is very similar to the one of the blood, and also similarly it has multiple functions.
Lymph brings white cells in the blood, refreshes interstitial fluid (among cells), carries nutrients, for instance the lipids which were absorbed in the small intestine, and brings back to the blood circulation some of the substances which passed through the capillary wall into the tissues. Lymph has an important function in protecting the body with the help of the lymph glands, which create the lymphocytes (the lymphocytes are cells of the immune system which are responsible for the body's defence reactions to those substances they consider ‘invaders’.
Lymphatic circulation happens only one way: from the periphery to the centre where it goes into bigger lymphatic vessels which flow into the thoracic duct and to the largest lymphatic vein. The interstitial fluid collected in these intercellular spaces is added to the figurative elements developed by the lymph nodes.
The lymph created this way flows into the circulatory torrent of the left subclavian vein through the thoracic duct and the right subclavian vein through the largest lymph vein. Because of the increase in lipid concentration during digestion, lymph in the mesenteric area appears as a yellowish, milky liquid whose dry residue reaches 5%. Normally, crystalline organic and inorganic substances are found in the lymph in the same amounts as in the blood plasma. The concentration of lymphatic proteins varies according to the area it is taken from, from 2 g% in lymph at the limbs level to 4-5 g% in lymph in thoracic duct.
Lymphatic circulation is possible thanks to the pressure difference between the peripheral part of the lymphatic ‘tree’ (10-20 mm Hg) and the large lymphatic vessels where the pressure is zero, sometimes reaching even -4 mm Hg.
Some of factors which contribute to the lymph circulation are:
- thoracic aspiration produced by inhalation and exhalation process, intrathoracic pressure helping to empty the lymphatic vessels;
- Intra-abdominal pressure created by the contraction of the diaphragm and the muscles of the abdomen which compresses the cistern of Pecquet and makes the lymph go to the thoracic duct;
- the gravitational force for the lymph at the head and neck level;
- lymphatic valves similar to venous ones which prevent lymph from coming back to the periphery;
- active movements of lymphatic vessels (constriction and dilatation) ordered by a neural and humoral mechanisms
- the contraction of skeletal muscles which is one of the most important factors in maintaining the lymphatic circulation in the lacunar spaces. This is done through the pressure on the walls of the lymphatic vessels.
The lymph nodes in the lymphatic system have the goal of stopping the invasion of the body by some substances and potentially harmful ‘bodies’ that entered the lymphatic circulation, such as microbes and their toxins. In case of a massive infection, the swelling of these lymph nodes draws attention to the danger of general infection. They help locate the focus of infection, and actively take part in the body’s antimicrobial and antitoxic battle.
To sum up, we can say that lymph has a vital role in the proper metabolic function of the human body. That is why our health depends on the state of these "waters".
In order to achieve this goal we need to do three things:
1. to drink liquids daily,
2. to do sport - swimming, gymnastics, jogging, stretching etc.
3. to do any kind of massage - self-massage, therapeutic massage, lymph drainage massage etc.
Lymphatic drainage accelerates the lymph flow 10 times. By massaging the water that stagnates in interstitial spaces is eliminated and this is a very simple and efficient way to fight cellulite. A simple therapeutic massage can help our body release important quantities of toxins which are blocked in the tissues. In this way the immunity of the whole system is increased and the physical and mental comfort grow significantly.
Sedentary lifestyle, extended fatigue, stress, and inappropriate eating habits cause lymphatic and venous stasis.