Lymph nodes are part of a network consisting of vessels, lymph ducts, and organs that make up the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes filter lymph- a clear fluid comprised of various substances including: waste materials, water, proteins, glucose, fats, viruses, bacteria, and white blood cells. The composition of lymph varies depending on where in the body it’s located. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system. It plays numerous essential roles in order to keep the body healthy. Generally speaking, the role of the lymphatic system is to aid the immune system in destroying pathogens and removing waste. More specifically, the functions of the lymphatic system include:
•Absorbing-fat soluble vitamins
•Delivering nutrients to cells
•Removing excess fluid
•Removing cellular debris
•Trapping pathogens, toxins and cancer cells
•Killing and eliminating pathogens and cancer cells
Swollen Lymph Nodes in the Groin Causes
Swollen lymph nodes in the groin, also known as inguinal nodes, filter lymphatic fluid that drains the feet, genitals, groin, and legs. Swollen lymph nodes may be referred to as lymphadenopathy and are typically an indication of infection. The nodes swell to accommodate an influx of white blood cells which are prompted when pathogens are detected in the lymph nodes. Nodes commonly swell in the neck, groin, and underarms. Typically, only one area of lymph nodes should swell at a time. When additional lymph node areas swell, it’s referred to as generalized lymphadenopathy. This can be also be caused by a variety of other issues such as:
• Allergic reaction
• Drug reaction
• Fatty growths (lipomas)
• Injury to the area
• Sexually transmitted disease
Saturated Lymph Nodes
Lymph nodes that stay swollen for more than two weeks should be examined by a health care professional. If lymph nodes periodically swell then return to normal, it may be an indication of poor bowel evacuation and overall toxicity. When there is poor elimination through the bowls and/or urinary system, the lymphatic system may pick up the slack from these systems and become overly saturated with waste materials. In this case, it’s best to eliminate all processed foods, animal proteins, and dairy products from the diet; consuming mostly raw fruits and vegetables to help the body detox naturally and safely.
Exercise is crucial for a healthy lymphatic system. Unlike the cardiovascular system, which uses the heart to pump blood throughout the body, the lymphatic system does not have a pump. Instead, it relies on the contractions of skeletal muscle to propel itself throughout the body. It’s important to keep lymph flowing freely so that it can take pathogens to lymph nodes and destroy them. Stagnant lymph fluid thickens until it becomes the consistency of cottage cheese. It is then much harder to remove and can clog lymphatic nodes and vessels which in turn may cause illness and disease.
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