A very important aspect of helping our bodies heal wounds is our nutritional state of being. Improper nutrition, vitamin deficiencies, mineral or protein deficiencies can all make it more difficult for our bodies to heal itself.
Like so many Lymphedema people, I personally struggle with this issue.
Let’s face it, there are several reasons why we may not have proper nutrition.
Factors that effect me are
Trying to make myself fix something nutritious to eat when I am totally exhausted is hard. So often, I can barely make it through the day with such limited energy and I am just too exhausted to have the strength to fix a proper meal.
I love to cook and have quite a reputation for my culinary abilities, but so much of the time, the pain is so intense that the last thing I want to do is to add to it by standing over a stove.
Discouragement takes a toll too. This is a frustrating condition. One day you are doing great, the next you are slammed with either an infection, unexpected fluid gain and more swelling, a new leaking wound, it seems that we struggle each day against being discouraged because of the lack of knowledge of lymphedema, the fact that there is no cure, the physical limitation we are confronted with. It is a challenge each day to keep our spirits up.
The end result of all this can be an improper diet and poor nutrition.
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