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- 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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