Your peewee football coach was right: the best offense is a good defense. That’s why one star player in actively enhancing your health & spirit is your body’s lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that produce white blood cells which defend against infections and diseases. This essential system plays three key roles in your body:
Defense - By producing lymphocytes that put up the good fight against bacteria and viruses, your lymphatic system protects your body from those obnoxious, uninvited guests.
Recycling - Your lymphatic system collects the fluid lost by healthy cells and returns it to the bloodstream, keeping your body happy and hydrated.
Lymph fluid, lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels all work together to keep your body healthy. Here’s a play-by-play of how they work: lymph fluid constantly flows through lymph vessels which are connected to a group of lymph nodes. These nodes each trap and destroy anything harmful floating around in the body. Inside your lymph nodes reside white blood cells, resident experts on fighting bacteria and viruses. The lymph fluid then carries the defeated bacteria back into the bloodstream where the liver or kidneys remove these pathogens from the blood. Eventually, your body passes them out. Now that’s teamwork!
The secret weapons of the lymphatic system are specialized cells called lymphocytes. Doctors and scientists organize lymphocytes into two categories: “B” and “T”. Two types of B lymphocytes are memory and plasma cells. Plasma cells produce antibodies that fight against specific antigens, while memory cells protect against further infection by remembering which antibodies are best suited to fight further infection. The three types of T lymphocytes are helper cells, cytotoxic cells, and memory cells. Helper T cells activate B plasma cells to produce antibodies. Cytotoxic T cells penetrate the membranes of antigen bearing cells, releasing their germ-fighting juice. Memory T cells float around in the system even after infection, quickly converting to cytotoxic T cells in the event of re-infection.
Now that we’ve discussed what the lymphatic system is and what it does, it’s time to address how to best take care of it. Well, the usual suspects apply here: eat a healthy diet, drink your water, and exercise daily. Proper hydration is particularly key, as your lymphatic system needs plenty of water to keep your system circulating and your fluid levels up.
Additionally, alkaline foods like apples and berries are shown by science to actively boost the lymphatic system. Conveniently for you, each bottle of happy being® contains as much egcg as 8 fuji apples and as much p-terostilbine as 962 cups of blueberries. Thanks to science, we’ve made supporting lymphatic health easier than ever.