The lymphatic system has a highly important role in both repairing tissues and managing inflammations in the intestines. A disturbed lymphatic system leads to a deteriorated immune system and a lower ability to remove any metabolic waste, such as dead cells. It is the metabolic system’s task to remove these alongside other harmful toxins. All cells release their metabolic components and ingest their nutrients from the surrounding fluid, called the extracellular fluid. Therefore the ingestion and functionality of the cells depends on how well metabolic waste in removed from the extracellular fluid. Since most waste can’t be secreted into the blood directly, it accumulates in extracellular fluid and is cleaned by the lymphatic system. The lymph nodes neutralize and filter the harmful substances and keep the extracellular fluid well maintained. The flow in the lymphatic vessels can become disturbed or blocked by fibrosis, an inflamed connective tissue. A weakened lymphatic system might also expose the tissues to fibrosis.

Fibrosis is formed in an organ, when the organ’s own cells die and the tissue is replaced by scar tissue. Fibrosis is most common in the heart, lungs, kidneys and pancreas. Heart Attacks and deaths by heart disease are exceptionally common in Finland, most likely caused by a build up of voluminous fibrosis in the cardiac muscle.

The lymphatic vessels’ decreased functionality also causes swelling, when the removal of excessive interstitial fluid is prevented.

Our bodies are exposed to about 82,000 different toxic substances every day. Without the lymphatic system, the accumulated toxic waste would endanger the function of our essential organs. This can lead to an overload of chemicals and result in them being unable to purify themselves. After all, an efficiently functioning lymphatic system guarantees the optimal function of the tissues. It cleanses the extracellular fluid by removing toxic waste and substances helping the cells, tissues and all the organs to work in harmony effectively.

A weakened lymphatic system could lead to common health problems including obesity, pain, swelling, indigestion, sleep apnea, chronic neurasthenia, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. It has been said that a disturbed lymphatic system could be behind all chronic illnesses.

A significant cause of a weakened lymphatic system is an inflamed or blocked cisterna chyli, possibly the most relevant part of the lymphatic system. The cisterna chyli is an extended branch of the thoracic duct, located inside the spinal column (the area between T12-L2). Through two lymphatic vessels the lymph from the lower limbs, pelvis, and small intestine flow into the cisterna chyli. The pressure directed to it is therefore great, and the amount of lymph and fats it needs to process large. There are references that an inflamed cisterna chyli could cause reflux back to the mesentery and peritoneum causing inflammation in the abdomen cavity.

Unlike blood circulation, the lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump. Primarily the contraction of muscles forces the lymph forward, which makes exercise essential in maintaining the lymphatic system.

You can keep improve your health by stimulating your lymphatic system. Regular physical exercise (especially vertical movement, eg. skipping rope and jogging) and maintaining a healthy weight are the most relevant keys to an active lymphatic system. Best of all, they quickly become a natural part of everyday life, and don’t require much special attention. Deep breathing also affects the lymphatic system. Deep abdominal respiration greatly increases its performance, for example, a tensed diaphragm caused by laughter increases the function of the lymphatic system by as much as 15 percent.