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Lymphedema Maintenance

For those with lymphedema… There are two things I recommend for overall health that may eventually ease your symptoms a little (every little bit helps!).

Drink lots of lemon water, fresh lemon squeezed into your water. It will keep you hydrated, adds potassium which helps with fluid balance, and add vitamins that help with your immune system.

The other thing is to use organic wheatgrass powder mixed in lemon water in the morning. The wheatgrass has many health benefits. It will add nutrient that you may not be getting from your food. here is an article with 7 benefits of wheatgrass, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/wheatgrass-benefits#section1

I am fortunate that I have been able to drastically reduce my swelling and maintain my lymphedema well, but I did notice a nice difference a few years ago when I added the lemon water daily and wheat grass in the mornings before breakfast. My leg looks totally normal if I do not do too much standing.

I do still elevate my leg whenever I am not standing and I di use compression on days I work. My leg is swollen at the end of the day, but all the things I do for maintenance really make a difference. the discipline with eating, elevating, and compression make a huge difference in my quality of life. You CAN get there too!

One more note, since lymph nodes filter proteins, make sure you are not overdoing the proteins. Get a balance of nutrients in addition to your proteins and stay away from protein shakes.

www.LymphedemaBook.comGood luck to all with lymphedema… I know it’s very difficult…

Read my story at LymphedemaBook.com.

Lymphedema Diet

After seeing a photo of me holding my Lymphedema Book, someone asked me, “Is there a specific diet you follow for lymphedema?” My initial response was, “A healthy one!”

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Not being wise, seriously, a healthy variety of real foods. I try to eat many fruits and vegetables daily and I eat carbs and proteins. Yes, I eat carbs! Every cell in your body NEEDS glucose to function.

And I eat enough proteins, but I do not overdo the proteins. Unused proteins go back to the liver, get converted to glycogen, and then get stored in your body as fat. So too much protein not only stresses your organs, it gets stored as fat if not used for energy. And when your body is using protein as energy, it is actually taking it from muscle. So if you are not doing resistance exercise and you are not eating carbs, you will end up with very little muscle tone and too much fat stored in your body. Stop doing the protein drinks and bars if you are not a body-builder. They were created for body-builders, not for middle-aged people who do not exercise very intensely.

And yes, I eat carbs! I eat plenty of rice, potatoes, yams, quinoa, and pasta that is made from legumes and oats. I eat oatmeal, oat bran, or cream of wheat with one or two of the following in my hot cereal flax, chia seeds, blueberries, or goji berries in the morning. And I use almond or coconut milk rather than cow milk.

I admit, when I visit mom, I do eat a slice of cake if she offers it after dinner, but I do not keep junk food at home. Junk food is not part of my daily eating routine.

And do not follow any diet that is advertised. Why? because they are advertising their diets in order to sell you something. It does not mean that it is a suitable eating plan for you. Many generations before us did very well just eating real foods. The human body has not changed in its needs. Eat your fruits and vegetables! It will pay off in the long run.

Enjoy the rest of your day…

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Be Inspired, Lymphedema Book by Karen Goeller

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Karen holding her book, Lymphedema: Sentenced to Life in Bed, but I Escaped.

Read the book, Lymphedema, Sentenced to Life in Bed, but I Escaped by Karen Goeller.

You’ll be inspired… Read how Karen went from being a bed-ridden cancer patient to who she is today.

Cancer DOES change your life, especially when it hits in your twenties.

It’s sold in print and kindle versions.

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books

Gymnastics, Sports, Fitness Books by Karen Goeller, CSCS

Books are great gifts for kids and adults!

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Have You Seen This?

Have you seen this page? Check out all of Karen Goeller’s fitness, gymnastics, and health books on Amazon… You can even find the book of her life story since cancer surgery here!
http://amzn.com/e/B002BM1FVS

Fitness and Gymnastics Books by Karen Goeller, CSCS.

Fitness and Gymnastics Books by Karen Goeller, CSCS.

Lymphedema: Sentenced to Life in Bed, but I Escaped

Lymphedema: Sentenced to Life in Bed, but I Escaped
ISBN: 978-1-105-18750-6

The reader will see how Karen Goeller went from being the bed-ridden patient to who she is today. This is Karen Goeller’s story, dealing with a cancer diagnosis at age 25 and the lymphedema for a lifetime. You will be inspired to push yourself to beat the odds, accept the challenge, and reach your goals. Karen Goeller has accomplished great success after the doctors told her that she would never work again. More than twenty years later Karen Goeller is living a full life, the life she was told she would never have. Karen Goeller wishes to help others dealing with lymphedema with her tips on exercise, resources, and other daily care recommendations. Readers will be inspired to push themselves to beat the odds, accept the challenge, and reach their goals.

To buy this book go to http://www.KarenGoeller.com.

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