The Importance of the Lymphatic System!
By: Dr. Michael L. Johnson
The lymphatic system is the garbage collection system of the body.
The majority of the fluid that is carried by the lymphatic system consists of waste deposits from the cells. Each of us has the same amount of lymph as blood in our body. The only thing difference in the lymphatic system compared to the circulatory system is that it does not have a pump.
Lymph fluid is pumped through the vessels via the contraction of our muscles, our body’s own electro-magnetic field and even breathing. This is one of the many benefits of exercise because it moves lymph. A sluggish or clogged lymphatic system doesn’t allow the body to circulate the fluids and eliminate toxic waste buildup which can decrease the body’s immune function. As a result, there is an increase in swelling, inflammation and pain along with the possibility of contracting other diseases. Think of lymph nodes as small filters that can corner bacteria and prevent other nasty ‘surprises’ from invading your body. If they fail, those nodes may become infected with secondary tumors.
This is why our lymph system is CRITICAL when it comes to purging our body of waste material! It’s also responsible for distributing nutrients to each and every part of our body. How does the lymph system work? As stated, it doesn’t have a pump like the circulatory system’s heart so the lymph system “PUMPS” the lymph through the body when you EXERCISE!
Do you know what all of this means? It means you need to be active and exercise if you want to heal! This is why couch potatoes tend to develop chronic conditions earlier than those who exercise regularly and STICK to a healthy diet!
The lymph (which is basically recycled blood plasma) needs balanced chemistry within its structure to function properly in that system. This is why it needs to be healthy or full of the nutrients to stay fit, which is what a proper pH level can give it.
In order to maintain adequate pH levels, you need to have appropriate amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and trace elements in your soft tissues. This is what gives the lymphatic system its fluidity. In other words, balanced lymph chemistry is essential for lymph to transport the minerals needed in the cells in order to re-alkalinize or balance the chemicals in the soft tissue. This in turn allows minerals to remain in the cell solution long enough to reach the cells.
To make this scenario possible, appropriate amounts of HCL need to be supplied by the body so that you can absorb the vital minerals needed to help your lymphatic system. In other words, you need adequate amounts of stomach acid (HCL) to digest your food.
Lymph is more than just waste, it is an amalgamation of enzymes, nutrients, sugars, cytokines and a other vital chemicals that coat the cells. As my good friend, Dr. Kevin Conners, likes to say, lymph is like “a healthy river, needing a constant flow of fresh nourishments, which prevents our body from turning it into a stagnant pond.”
Lymph is normally pumped throughout the whole body in lymph vessels as the muscles in your body contract and relax. These vessels also contain check valves that permit the passage of waste in one direction only. If your lymphatic system slows down, it will prevent the circulation of necessary nutrients, thus dulling the response of the immune system at the same time!
Do you know what that means? It means you will be highly susceptible to hidden infections that a strong immune system typically nips in the bud.
As you grow old, the amount of HCL that your body produces decreases. This decrease is caused by several factors such as eating processed or junk food, using illegal and legal drugs, and excess stress. However, some researchers back in the 1930’s discovered that this acid (HCL) is not the only thing necessary to balance lymph chemistry and balance the minerals needed to alkalinize the tissue. Your body also needs a suitable NATURAL POTASSIUM ACTIVATOR.
When you combine HCL and potassium, you enable your body to create the perfect acid/base balance it needs to balance the lymph chemistry (I know I sound like a broken record, only because of how important this balance is!)
Plus, the perfect HCL-Potassium partnership can actually boost HCL’s effectiveness as a global GERMICIDE.
Basically, this means it can hunt out HIDDEN infections, which can turn chronic if they remain undetected.
What is the take away? We found out that if your stomach acid is low, HCL supplementation along with potassium synergists can:
• Balance lymph chemistry by maintaining the medium those minerals need to freely move around the solution and deliver the necessary nutrients required by the body to ward off chronic diseases.
• Make the immune system active enough to detect hidden infections that can make the pH balance go awry. This usually happens when the minerals in the body abandon their purpose (which is to re-mineralize tissue) and go to fight off those infections instead.
You need to have the right amount of HCL to make that lymph flow smoothly and efficiently, as we have just discussed. When you have too little, nothing you do will make that lymph flow faster!
When you have enough stomach acid (HCL) in your system, you can form methyl groups easily. This is VITAL. For those of you who aren’t aware, methyl groups allow cells to replicate NORMALLY. In other words, it’s because of methyl groups positively affecting your DNA that you get a NEW BODY every year. Why? As I mentioned before, your body is constantly changing cells. Methyl groups help you form HEALTHY cells. Abnormal or low levels will promote the growth of UNHEALTHY cells which can lead to serious health issues!
—Dr. Michael L. Johnson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr. Michael L. Johnson is a Board-Certified Chiropractic Neurologist who has been in private practice in Appleton, WI since 1983. He is a consultant to other doctors around the world (www.lifechangingcare.com) and he is the author of seven books which can be found at www.askdrjohnson.com. Dr. Johnson’s YouTube and Facebook pages can be found at “Dr. Michael Johnson.” You are welcome to email Dr. Johnson with questions and/or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
© 2013 Dr. Michael L. Johnson
This is an excellent article. Check out Dr. Johnson’s websites for even more good information.
Dr Johnson brings up 3 very important points that are in your control. Exercise, Balance minerals and Potassium Activator.
Below are my personal solutions. For me they are very effective in-spite of me making some less than stellar lifestyle choices daily. My lymph system and immune system function well so I no longer dread the annual cold and flu season. Because I was asthmatic – I have always been very susceptible to lungs and throat bugs that would persist for extended periods. A terrible cold & flu has been affecting our local area for over 2 months. A couple of weeks ago I woke up with it at 4:00 am. The dreaded bug had come to visit, but because my lymph system is now functioning well and I have solutions, within 8 hours, I was fully functional and basically without symptoms.
So what do I do different that is so effective. I drank some fresh lemon in hot water with honey and grated ginger plus I took some Echinecea and had an Oxygen Spa. By noon. I was still a bit more tired than usual and a tad stuffed up but was otherwise symptom free. 20 years ago – I would have had a high fever , horribly congested lungs and sinuses for at least 3 days followed by harsh coughing, irritated throat and a nose that would not stop running for the following 3 weeks. The cold and flu season was my Achilles heel.
My Lymph Solutions
1.) I know that I do not get enough physical activity. Fortunately I have an Oxygen Spa and I bathe at least twice per week in millions of Oxygen/ Ozone Bubbles in my bath tub. The bubbles colliding with my body and rupturing provide the same benefit to my lymph system as a 1 hour massage or a 1 – 3 km jog.. Using the Spa I am also exposed to significant amounts of negative ions. which provide innumerable health benefits. The Oxygen Spa also has an alkalizing effect on our bodies. It is the smartest health improvement and wellness tool I have ever purchased. As a Wellness Coach and a Consumer, it is the most effective stand alone device that I have ever used and continue to use. Here is a short video. Should you want more info or to purchase – contact me by e-mail at email@example.com or call Deb at (780) 363 – 2492 Canada.
2.) I take an excellent liquid vitamin mineral supplement, Daily Complete, that provides 194 vitamins and minerals derived from natural and organic sources. It is recognized by the medical community and is found in the Canadian and American Physicians Desk Reference. I have it automatically delivered to my home every month so we don’t run out because we know how important to our health it is. Here is a link to the Daily Complete information http://deb.awarenesslife.com/index.cfm?action=details&detail=complete . Main website http://deb.awarenesslife.com/,
3.) We incorporate at least 1 banana per day into our diet to ensure we are getting natural source potassium. As well we cook with a number of the foods found in this excellent Huffington Post article. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/potassium-foods-banana_n_1898078.html We love banana bread and this banana bar that is also a great no sugar added energy bar or breakfast bar. My husband has a very sweet tooth so I vary the recipe by adding dark chocolate chunks, dried cranberries or dates. I often make 3 or 4 base batches at once and vary the ingredients. They store well in the fridge and freezer. So when we need that pick me up or just want a sweet snack , we have a very handy tasty choice. Here is a link to the Banana Bar recipe https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=574930432528694&set=a.306733809348359.74231.113301848691557&type=1&theater
Because these are simple, easy and enjoyable, my solutions are just naturally part of our life, no big lifestyle changes needed. As a result it is easy to be consistent and benefit from significantly improved lymph and immune function. Take an Oxygen Spa bath instead of a shower, finish dinner off with a 1 oz great tasting liquid vitamin mineral and eat good for us food. You are going to eat and get clean – tweak what you are already doing and reap some pretty significant benefits
Do not use antacids for heartburn – use Apple Cider Vinegar liquid or tablets daily instead – heartburn issues disappear and HCL production becomes normalized. We were shocked at how effective this is. Hubby is a die hard coffee drinker. Apple Cider Vinegar has got him off all OTC and prescription solutions. His digestion and bowel function are now functioning like when he was a young man. Now that everything is back on track he only takes a tablet or 2 a week when he thinks about it.
Take Care of your Lymph (your bodies garbage collection system) and it will take care of you!