Diet Advice

The importance of a balanced diet for an efficient lymphatic system is well documented:

  • A lack of the B vitamin group weakens the connective tissue and can cause the lymphatic vessels to rupture and leak. Certain people are particularly susceptible to a vitamin B deficiency but it is rare to see an isolated case; alcoholics, pregnant and breast-feeding women, and people taking long-term drugs such as anticonvulsants, certain antibiotics and oral contraceptives are most at risk.
  • A lack of vitamins C and P (bioflavonoid) can weaken the blood vessels.
  • Food allergies, as they may cause malnutrition. It is worthwhile to look at food such as wheat, other grains, and milk, as they are the most common culprit in such cases.

Food rich in bioflavonoids

Citrus, onions and garlic and most cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. They contain vitamin C and phytonutrients that help in making the toxins water soluble for excretion.

Diet fallacy

  • Salt free diets are usually prescribed under the concept that salt causes fluid retention. As it is well known now, the excess protein in the tissue is the cause for high protein oedema.
  • Diuretics remove the fluid from the tissue and result in an increase in the protein concentration. When interrupting a course of diuretics the kidneys need approximately one month to adjust allowing the fluid to refill the tissue meanwhile.
  • A low protein diet is another fallacy, as the reduction in protein intake results in protein removal from the blood circulation.  The role of protein in the blood is to maintain balance of fluid during the exchange of nutrients and wastes.


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