Lymph and the Lymphatic System

Nutrients entering our bodies are transported by arteries and capillaries to tissue cells which  are surrounded by interstitial fluid. The nutrients must pass through this fluid before reaching the cells.

After metabolism, the cells return waste products back into the fluid for removal be a system of lymphatic vessels.

The blood capillaries only resorb gases (mainly carbon dioxide), the water (plasma) and small molecular substances.

The lymphatic vessel system must drain the interstitial fluid of everything else. This includes the water (plasma) not resorbed by the venous reflow, plus usable or waste matter such as proteins, bacteria, long chain fats, dusts (from coal and glass), dyes, dead cells and cell parts, mutant cells, etc.

These substances are considered to be Lymph Obligatory Load (LOL). Once the LOL enters the lymphatic system it is called lymph.  

Lymph is then transported through the lymphatic vessel system to lymph nodes where it is filtered and cleaned before returning to the blood circulatory system. Since the lymphatic vessel system has no pump (heart) of it’s own, movement of lymph is accomplished through a combination of forces, including good diaphragmatic breathing, arterial pulsation, skeletal muscle contractions and peristaltic contractions. 

Butterfly Image

If the lymphatic system fails, or is impaired due to surgery, radiation, disease or trauma, swelling can occur in the interstitial spaces increasing the distance between capillaries and cells. If proper drainage does not occur, cells are exposed to an undernourished, toxic environment. Disease can be a result.

Source: Dr. Vodder's brochure—more info vodderschool.com or navalt.org  


The diagram below is reproduced with permission of Solaris. Click the image to view in a larger format.

Lymph System Diagram


Comparison of Blood and Lymph Vessels: By Joachin Zuther on Feb. 15, 2012
www.lymphedemablog.com/2012/02/15/comparison-of-blood-and-lymph-vessels/


Lymphatic System (Video)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh-XdNnTZUo&feature=related