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Similar to veins and arteries, but lymph vessels are much smaller, and instead of bringing blood throughout the body, the lymphatic system carries a liquid called lymph. It circulates throughout the body, bathing our cells, providing them with nutrients and oxygen and also picking up unwanted substances like, bacteria, and filters them out of the body. In addition to its cleansing functions, the lymph is also the body’s major fat-processing system – allows the absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system, followed by transport of these fats to your blood circulation. Lymph carries fatty acids to the liver, the main fat burning organ, for further processing and metabolism. This causes fat to accumulate in the body, especially in the abdomen, as well as other negative signs of a sluggish lymphatic system. (1,2,3)
Exercise – Upper/Lower Splits:
The lymphatic system has no heart to keep lymph moving and is instead moved by exercise, specifically muscle expansion and contraction. As muscles tighten, lymph vessels are squeezed and lymph is pushed along and filtered through lymph nodes on its way back to the veins and the heart. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, up the arms and up the torso – the largest groupings are found in the neck, armpits, and groin areas.
A study from the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (2016) looked at the effect of caffeine on ketone levels. The study looked at the addition of 2.5 mg/kg caffeine (equiv. to ca. 1.5-3 cups of coffee w/ ~95 mg/cup) and 5.0 mg/kg caffeine (equiv. to ca. 3-5 cups of coffee w/ ~95 mg/cup) to subjects’ breakfast. The lower dose (almost) and the higher dose (more than) doubled the subjects’ concentrations of ketone bodies and free fatty acids in the subjects’ blood – ketones became more pronounced over time. Should be noted that subjects consumed caffeine pills; caffeine in the form of coffee will work just as effectively, but need to be careful of what additives you are including in your coffee (4)
Because of their shorter length, MCTs are more easily digested and absorbed in the GI tract than LCTs. Once dietary fats are absorbed by the GI the body must then transport it to the liver where it is metabolized to produce energy. MCTs are transported directly from the gastrointestinal tract through the bloodstream to the liver. Fat metabolism occurs in the mitochondria of the liver and the liver then converts these molecules to fatty acids and ketone bodies. MCTs provide immediate energy because they are able to cross the double mitochondrial membrane very rapidly and do not require the presence of carnitine (LCTs require carnitine to enter the mitochondria) (5)
The initial phase of fasting involves a process known as gluconeogenesis, which simply means the creation of new glucose. When there is no endogenous glucose to be found, the body will then seek out other ways of getting energy and begins to adapt to these new conditions – on average, if you don’t eat for 10–16 hours, your body will go to its fat stores for energy, and fatty acids called ketones will be released into the bloodstream. The more keto-adapted you become the more ketones you’ll successfully utilize. At first, the brain and muscles are quite glucose dependent. But eventually they start to prefer fat for fuel.
1) SEER Training:Introduction to the Lymphatic System. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://training.seer.cancer.gov/anatomy/lymphatic/
2) Functions of the Lymphatic System. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.boundless.com/physiology/textbooks/boundless-anatomy-and-physiology-textbook/lymphatic-system-20/lymphatic-system-structure-and-function-191/functions-of-the-lymphatic-system-955-6786/
3) Lymphatic System | Major Part of the Immune System |. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.lymphatichealth.com/lymphatic-system/
4) Caffeine intake increases plasma ketones: an acute metabolic study in humans – Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjpp-2016-0338#.WXj4w7SjKng
5) New Insights into the Utilization of Medium-Chain Triglycerides by the Neonate: Observations from a Piglet Model. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://jn.nutrition.org/content/127/6/1061.full
6) Intermittent fasting: the science of going without. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3680567/
7) Starvation response | Open Access articles | Open Access journals | Conference Proceedings | Editors | Authors | Reviewers | scientific events. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://research.omicsgroup.org/index.php/Starvation_response