The basic power to fight the virus is in your armpits

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Distributed throughout our body, there is an organ called ‘sewerage’. The lymphatic system is responsible for the immune system. The lymphatic system consists of lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels. Each lymph node in our body organs is organically connected to each other by lymphatic vessels.

Lymph nodes are immune organs that are distributed throughout the body and are the ‘commander of the immune system’ that produces lymphocytes that fight bacteria and mobilizes lymphocytes to fight in case of invasion of bacteria. Lymphocytes and white blood cells are included here. It plays a role in protecting the whole body from malignant external bacteria and viruses by generating an immune response.

The power to fight the virus depends on the lymphatic system
Lymph nodes exist in various sizes, ranging from a few mm to 2 cm, and are shaped like tiny beans. Although distributed throughout the body, lymph nodes are particularly concentrated in the armpits, groin, and throat (throat). These areas are the ones that provide the basic strength to fight the virus.

Lymph nodes use two types of lymphocytes to boost immunity. White blood cells that eat bacteria that enter our body T lymphocytes and B lymphocytes that produce antibodies to specific bacteria. Lymph nodes grow until lymphocytes have the proper capacity, and store an appropriate amount in case of an emergency to fight external bacteria.

When pathogens enter unintentionally, lymphocytes go through the lymphatic vessels to fight throughout the body. Injured or dead lymphocytes fight pathogens and return through lymphatic vessels. Lymphocytes that have come into contact with pathogens prepare to fight in the lymph nodes again, and through the learning process several times, their ability to fight against bacteria, that is, their immunity, increases. Ironically, it means that it has the characteristic of activating the immune system only when it comes into contact with bacteria enough.

If there is a problem with the lymphatic system, the immune system is bound to weaken. Inflammation from alcohol, tobacco, and stress can damage the body’s lymphatic system. Long-term damage to the lymphatic system leads to general weakness, fever, and weight loss. These are accompanying symptoms that occur because the overall immunity is lowered. When the lymphatic system is damaged, the ability to fight the virus decreases.

Exercise rather than massage is the best thing for lymphatic circulation
If lymph circulation is not good, immunity is lowered, so improving circulation can have a positive effect on health. For lymphatic circulation, you can continuously use lymphatic drainage massage.

Gently massage around the lymphatic vessels under the ears, behind the neck, under the armpits, collarbones, knees, and groin for about 10 minutes to facilitate the stagnant lymphatic fluid. However, it is dangerous to do lymphatic massage carelessly because the body is swollen. If you massage without considering the pressure or direction, you can put a strain on certain lymphatic vessels and lymph glands.

Exercise is more effective for lymphatic circulation than massage. Lymph fluid moves by the contractile force of the lymphatic vessels and surrounding muscles. Muscle contraction acts as a pump to promote lymphatic circulation. In fact, studies have shown that exercising at the right intensity and pace increases lymphatic speed by 10 to 30 times. If you strengthen your muscles through exercise, the power to pump out lymph becomes stronger. For this, physical stimulation such as 30 minutes of light exercise and steady stretching is recommended.

In your diet, you should eat enough alkaline fruits and vegetables, and be careful about your sodium intake. This is because when the sodium content in the blood is high, more water is leaked into the tissue fluid, which increases the burden on the lymphatic system. It is better to eat fresh rather than stimulating food and drink enough water at least 6-7 glasses a day.

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