The importance of water for the lymphatic system is almost never thought about by the average person. Most likely because it is a body system that is the least understood and most undervalued even though it is essential to life. Today the medical and research community is on a full steam ahead approach to discovering and confirming the how and whys of the workings of this important body system.
It is known that that the lymphatic system is twice the size of the circulatory system and moves double the volume of daily fluid. That fact alone reveals how dehydration can be devastating to this vital body system.
Keys Facts about the Lymphatic System
While science and medicine unveil the nuances of how the lymphatic system interacts and serves the body there is a tremendous number of known facts. The lymphatic system’s connection to water is revealed in its name, lympa is a Latin word that has been translated to English as, water, aqua, and water nymph depending upon common usage.
According to geological estimates the surface of the earth is nearly 71% water. The human body mirrors this with a water composition of 50%-60%. All the systems of the body rely on a relationship with water intake. Dehydration has a deleterious effect on every major body organ and system. Just as creeks, streams and rivers play an integral part in returning rain back to the oceans, the lymphatic system provides that function in the body.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, “Some 20 liters of plasma flow through your body’s arteries and smaller arteriole blood vessels and capillaries every day. After delivering nutrients to the body’s cells and tissues and receiving their waste products, about 17 liters are returned to the circulation by way of veins. The remaining three liters seep through the capillaries and into your body’s tissues. The lymphatic system collects this excess fluid, now called lymph, from tissues in your body and moves it along until it's ultimately returned to your bloodstream.” Notice that the essential part of this vital process to life and health is the many forms of liquid that water is transformed into in the body.
Healthy Water Consumption Leads to Healthy Living
Within the last 2 to 3 decades water consumption has been a key topic among nutritionists, researchers, scientists, and the medical community. Studies using different metrics and data points have led to some conflicting advice about the amount of daily water consumption. Varying recommended amounts have been announced after the competitions of studies around the world.
Recommended daily water intake ranges from 8 glasses a day to quarts and gallons a day. The exact amount of needed daily water may never be known. What is known is that drinking water consistently and measurably throughout the day is vital to healthy bodily systems.
The lymphatic system often overlooked needs water consumption throughout the day. Unlike the circulatory system, the lymphatic system does not have a pump. It counts on gravity to move its essential liquids throughout the body.