Lymphedema and Diet

By Roseanne C. Schoen, PT, DPT, LLCC

There is no specific lymphedema diet, but there are some general guidelines to follow:

Limit salt intake– try to avoid processed foods or foods with high sodium content which can cause fluid retention and increased swelling

Adequate water intake– proper hydration is essential, especially following lymphedema treatment sessions, to remove waste products from the body

Balanced diet– it is suggested to a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats in order to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle

 

Resources:

The National Lymphedema Network-http://www.lymphnet.org/lymphedemaFAQs/questions/question_01_00.htm

Dawson R and Piller N. Diet and BCRL: facts and fallacies on the web. Journal of Lymphoedema, 2011, 6:1. 36-42

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