Anti – Inflammatory diet considerations for lymphedema patients. This is the suggested conscious eating plan recommended by Prof. Neil Piller of Flinders Hospital in Adelaide South Australia.
It has become evident that inflammation plays a role in:
- Heart diseases
Food products high in sugar and saturated fat can spur:
- joint pain
- damage to blood vessels
These foods are based on the” Mediterranean diet”. If you make this change you might feel the results within six weeks.
To reduce local redness, swelling and pain eat more of the following foods for medicine:
- Beetroot and beetroot juice are shown to reduce inflammation in the heart and protects it. It also protects the body from some cancers. Beetroot is high in fiber, Vitamin C and betalaines ( plant pigment)
- Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel and sardines) – all high in omega-3 fatty acids
- Whole grains (and no added sugar) – consume wholegrains as opposed to refined. This helps to keep harmful inflammation at bay.
- Dark green leafy vegetables( spinach, kale, broccoli and collard greens) – they have a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals
- Nuts (particularly almonds) – high in fiber, calcium and vitamin E. Walnuts are high in alpha linoleic acid and omega 3 fat. All nuts are packed with anti-oxidants to fight and repair damaged tissue caused by inflammation.
- Soy (avoid all processed soy – e.g. patties, ice cream cheese) – Aim to include in your diet soy milk, tofu and boiled soy beans.
- Go for low fat diet. Avoid or completely cut out cow’s milk, which triggers allergies and inflammatory diseases. The protein responsible is called casein. Yogurt and skim milk are high in Vitamin D. Good for everyone. They also have probiotics (to reduce gut inflammation) and are rich in rich in calcium for bone strength (reduces the cancer risk).
- Choose peppers instead of corn and potatoes. All coloured vegetables are high in anti-oxidants and low in starch. WARNING: this is a night shade and must be avoided by any one with arthritis
- Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is shown to reduce inflammation in the lungs and rest of body. There is even more of this active ingredient when cooked.WARNING: this is a night shade and must be avoided by any one with arthritis
- Ginger, cloves and turmeric. Many studies have shown the anti-inflammatory properties of these herbs. Turmeric regulates the immune system and helps turn off a NF-kappa B, a protein, which triggers inflammation. Ginger reduces inflammation in the gut. Cloves are rich in manganese and magnesium.
- Garlic and onions (Have strong immune boosting properties) Garlic shuts off the pathway leading to inflammation. Onions contain a phytonutrient quercetin and allicin. These break down to produce sulfuric acid which fight free radicals.
- Olive and coconut Oil are healthy plant based fats. Always use cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. The compound oleocanthal has a pain reducing effect in the body, allowing the reduction of drug based painkillers.
- Berries. All fruits fight inflammation, are low in fat and calories and high in anti-oxidants. Easy to choose the right fruit – the higher the level of the powerful chemical, anthocyanin, the higher the anti-inflammatory properties, the deeper the colour.
- TART cherries have the highest anti-inflammatory properties of all food. They reduce inflammation by up to 50%. Must be tart cherries. The same effect was not found with sweet cherries. Recommended amount per day. One and half cups fresh cherries or one cup juice. It was found that athletes could reduce their pain killing drug medication when consuming this amount of cherries or cherry juice daily.
- Quality Water: Drink two every day. I recommend the Zazen Alkaline Water Filter System.
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- Dr Vodder Manual Lymphatic drainage
- Top 20 list check list for Lymphoedma patients
“An anti – inflammatory diet is super important for Lymphoedema patients. ”
Prof Neil Piller