The lymphatic system is called the Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue (GALT), which surrounds the entire intestinal tract. By the way the newly discovered “glymphatic” (with a “g”) system of the brain works similarly. Do you remember when the concept of the anatomy and physiology of the GI tract where lacteals was brought up? Here is where the come in as they help absorb and process both nutritional and toxic fats. The ¼ inch on the inside of the gut wall must have those villi and lacteals functioning properly the small 2/3 of an inch on the outside of the gut (which is that lymph tissue) must not be congested. In Ayurvedic medicine this is called the rasayana).
The lymphatic system around the gut will take all the absorbed fats back to the liver where the good fats are put to use making cholesterol mostly. Other organelles (parts of organs) are also made like
- cell membranes
- hormones (chemical messengers)
- neurons/axons/dendrites (in the brain)
- and the skin (the backup detoxification organ from the liver and kidneys) Backups can cause eczema and psoriasis
The toxins are processed by the liver and earmarked for elimination. When the lymphatic system becomes congested, this natural process of using good fats and discarding bad fats can be severely compromised.
Symptoms of a Congested GALT Affecting the Lymphatic System are:
- Elimination challenges
- Central adiposity
- Eczema and psoriasis (and complaint of itchy skin)
- Swelling of the extremities (especially the hands and feet)
- Breast swelling and tenderness during the menstrual cycle
- Food and Mood Hypersensitivities
- Occasional headaches
- Joint stiffness
So it is all about the Rasayana (Ayurvedic medical term for the study of the lymph!