What is the Lymphatic system?
The Lymphatic system is an intricate drainage system that removes excess fluid from the body and returns it to the circulatory system. The system consists of a network of lymphatic vessels which extend all over the body collecting liquid called 'lymph'. The lymph, which is a transparent, colourless liquid containing infection fighting lymphocytes, travels along the vessels to lymphatic nodes and ducts. They then filter the bacteria and excess fluid in to the bloodstream for removal from the body.
If the lymphatic system becomes blocked, lymph fluid builds up and stagnates causing the system to become toxic, increasing the susceptibility of viral or contagious diseases.
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