Lymph Node System

Written by Diane Sievert
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The lymph node system is quite complex as it runs throughout the entire body, and like the central nervous system and the digestive system, the lymph node system serves an important purpose. The lymph node system is the closest thing the body has to a drain or filter for unwanted substances. Therefore, if for some reason the lymph nodes malfunction, the body will react accordingly.

Functions of the Lymph Node System

The overall function of the lymph node system is to keep the body clean and healthy on the inside. This critical part of the immune system is responsible for filtering out all of the unwanted substances that get into our bodies. The tiny lymph vessels transport everything from excess water and protein to foreign particles, germs and unhealthy cells to the lymph nodes.

Once at the lymph nodes, the unwanted substances are trapped and dealt with. Properly functioning lymph nodes not only catch and trap the aforementioned substances, but they destroy them too. If the lymph nodes aren't properly functioning, these substances can slip by and accumulate in your body, which will ultimately cause all kinds of havoc.

Another important function of the lymph node system is the manner in which it helps train white blood cells. Lymphocytes, a particular kind of white blood cell, become familiar with the harmful substances, like germs, that are trapped in the lymph nodes. Once the lymphocytes are substantially familiar with the germ in question, they can generate antibodies to help protect the body from further harm.


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