The Elusive Lymphatic system, how does it fit in with the rest of the body?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

The lymphatic system has some similarities with the blood system as it reaches nearly every cell in the body with large vessels running deep in the limbs and trunk and having progressively narrower vessels moving out towards the skin. They both carry fluids and cells as well as nutrients and waste products. The main difference is that the blood (in the red blood cells) carries oxygen and carbon dioxide and these need to be constantly supplied and removed at quite a high rate to support the body being able to move and function. The pumping of the heart maintains this supply and can increase or decrease the flow (within limits) according to need. The pressures on the lymphatic system are not so immediate so a strict control of the rate of flow (a ‘heart’) is not needed. So, they are both about fluid transport carrying chemical messages, food and cells through all the tissues of the body and also keeping everything lubricated and well ‘oiled’ for fluid movement. Additionally during digestion most fats are passed on to the lymphatic system to be transported to the blood circulation via the big central lymphatic vessel that travels up through the chest.