Lymphedema and Water
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Practice Stress Reduction Techniques: Stress takes a toll on all your basic body systems and when you’re dehydrated the effects are magnified. Drinking water will provide you with more energy, ease tension, slow breathing, and reduce the strain on your heart.
It Helps if You Lose Weight: Choosing water instead of sodas and other caloric beverages is a great start to a healthy diet. Plus, when you’re well hydrated, your body works more efficiently and will enhance aspects of weight loss, like digestion and muscle function when you exercise.
You’ll Be Less Likely To Get Sick: Hydration keeps your mucus membranes in top working order - they’re gatekeepers to the natural defense system that helps keep out germs such as cold and flu viruses.
Boosts Mood and Brain Power: Even mild dehydration is associated with feelings of anger, depression, and confusion.
Lymphedema patients should drink plenty of water. The opposite (drinking less water) may seem true, but drinking more water is important because lymph fluid has high protein content. In order for protein to be removed from your tissues, it needs water to move it. Having more water available means “protein traffic” moves better which also means decreased risk for lymphedema.
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