UNDERSTANDING THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
The lymphatic system constitutes a network of glands, nodes, and vessels, forming a vital component of the circulatory system. As blood cells traverse vessels to reach their destination, nutrient- and oxygen-rich plasma fluid combines with lymph—fluid found amidst tissue cells.
Cells draw essential elements from this plasma-lymph amalgamation while expelling waste products, toxins, bacteria, damaged cells, and even cancer cells. The expelled fluid travels through lymphatic vessels to nodes and glands, where harmful substances are meticulously filtered out.
The lymphatic system also serves as the body’s means to transport lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, for combatting infections.