Lymphedema Management Tips

Food and Lymphedema

If you are NEW to Lymphedema and no one has told you that food is a potential trigger for swelling, it can definitely be a source for more inflammation. The catch is everyone is different, so the triggers are NOT the same for all.

This concept is similar to someone eating chocolate and breaking out in acne, or headaches from the sulfites in wine. We all have different reactions based on different factors in our lives.

Factors involved include but are not limited to:


✔️Food allergies

✔️Co-existing conditions like diabetes, lipedema, etc.

For example, sodium is NOT a trigger for me but watermelon makes me swell. I also have an endocrine condition that makes me prone to insulin resistance. I don’t know how many people have told me my Lymphedema would be “cured” if I just avoided salt. I wish it were that simple.

Not here to recommend a specific diet or get into a debate about the best one. You know your body and needs best.  I’m not a registered or certified dietitian, nor do I play one on TV.

I’m just here to pass the message to pay attention to your diet for any clues on how it impacts your swelling.  Keep a diary or notes on these observations and take action if necessary to make changes.  Ask around for what other people with lymphedema are doing or trying and make your own judgement call for your lymphatic health.  You may find that you have several triggers or none at all.

The following link was personally life altering for me 2 years ago.

THE SECRET BEHIND THE WEIGHT GAIN-INFLAMMATION CONNECTION – Amy is a medical doctor specializing in food allergies and inflammation. She combines her nutrition background with medical training from Harvard and Columbia hospitals to provide a unique take on wellness.

It might help you see the food and inflammation connection from a different perspective.  Or not.  Completely up to you.  Similar to pain, food is very personal.

Drop your thoughts on food and any swelling triggers you might have in the comments below. Which changes, if any, have helped you the most?


Lymphie Strong


  1. Thanks for starting this blog! I agree, I wish it were that easy to just avoid salt and lymphedema would be cured

  2. Thanks for sharing. Salt is a trigger for me but so is sugar or anything ending in “ose. White bread or white rice doesn’t help either. I have found that low carb and unprocessed foods work best for me. Having said that I am never 100% clear of my lymphedema.

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