Nutrition & Supp - Linda Kahn (#1 of 2)

Linda Kahn is a Manual Lymph Drainage Therapist whom treats patients with lipedema, while she also suffers from lipedema herself. She goes into depth about lipedema, her experience with having it as well as treating it, and the treatment she strongly suggests for those suffering from this chronic disease. All of her suggestions and treatment methods have been learned through her own experience with the disorder and self-treatment. Lipedema has many challenges for those who have it. It is especially hard to deal with the uncertainty that comes with the disease. Fat may increase and or decrease in size for no apparent reason. It is important for individuals to have emotional support and to also have healthy eating habits, as to not put on extra weight while seeking recovery. Maintaining mental health is something that Linda Kahn highlights for her patients. Therapists that treat this disease are trained to perform Complex Decongestive Therapy, which includes lymph drainage, massages, as well as compression. Deep breathing and other breathing exercises are very helpful for treatment as well. Massaging different parts of the body also allows for drainage. A high amount of fat and trans fat in processed food is extremely harmful to our health. Inflammation can come about in patients with lipedema when the diet is full of harmful foods (such as greasy food, fast food, processes meats, sweets, etc.) are being put into the body. A high amount of grains and carbohydrates also cause inflammation in the body and spikes the blood sugar. The typical American diet offers too much omega-6 fat, salt, and highly processed carbohydrates, which are all extremely harmful to the body’s physical health. It is very important to avoid a diet like this that leads to inflammation because inflammation leads to many other problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. Avoiding foods that cause inflammation is a major key to success when treating lipedema.

Nutrition & Supp - Linda Kahn (#2 of 2)

Decreasing inflammation is crucial to treating lipedema. Eating a proper amount of Omega 3 fatty acids and a-Linolenic acid (walnuts,chia seeds, olive oil, nuts, etc.) both reduce inflammation. Medium chain triglycerides are easier on the lymphatic system than long chain triglycerides; they do not put strain on the lymphatic system and also provides a fast source of energy. Previously, our society has accepted what has been known as the food pyramid. However, research has found that this system for eating healthy is actually not as beneficial as we thought. Linda-Anne Kahn suggests a modified version of the triangle wit less grains and starches and more natural foods like vegetables and fruit.
Linda-Anne also suggests the Mediterranean Diet, in which mostly fish, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, low alcohol consumption as well as low consumption of red meat and processed meats and other carbs and dairies. Another diet she suggests is called the Paleo Diet. This diet essentially brings us back to a primitive diet consisting of lean meats, fruits and veggies, and fats from things like nuts, olive oil, avocados, etc. Within this diet there is also no consumption of anything processed or packaged. There are many yummy and healthy foods included in the “Anti- inflammatory food pyramid” in which patients with lipedema can eat to combat their disease and or future weight gain. There are also many supplements that can be taken to treat the disease. These include but are not limited to Tumeric, Selenium, Vitalzyme and many other systematic enzymes that help to break down fat cells. Linda-Anne puts a strong emphasis on treating the mind as well as the body. It is important to her that her patients feel good and comfortable and can fight their anxiety and or depression/ other psychological issues. Aromatherapy, meditation, hypnotherapy, laughter and deep breathing are all things that Kahn implements in the therapy for her patients. Having a healthy and stress free mind also helps the body in many ways. High amounts of stress lower white blood cell count, which fight off infections. Laughing is also very beneficial because it increases the flow of endorphins and stimulates the lymphatic flow. The main idea for treating this disease is to rejuvenate the lymphatic system by moving and exercising frequently.

Linda-Anne Kahn on Nutrition   

Linda-Anne Kahn, a lymphedema therapist and patient herself, provides information on the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet for a lymphedema patient. Kahn begins by explaining that common ingredients such as sodium, sunflower oil, soy oil, and trans fats in processed and packaged food causes increased inflammation in lymphedema patients. Kahn explains the importance of eating lots of essential fatty acids found in fish and medium chain triglycerides. Long chain triglycerides go through lacteals in the small intestine, which places a strain on the lymphatic system. Medium chain triglycerides, on the other hand, which are coconut oil and butter, are less of a strain on the lymphatic system. Other foods that quench inflammation are raw nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and avocado. Foods that contain high levels of Omega-3 are great for the body. Kahn also states that laughter is magic for the soul—when a person laughs, they are stimulating the cisterna chyli and increasing the flow of lymph.
Additionally, Kahn stresses the significance for vegetables, but prohibits potatoes and corn. Vegetables with bright colors, or a rainbow salad, contain nutrients from the soil that help the body. Eggs, preferably free range eggs from chickens, also provide great nutrition for the body. Avoid dairy—if a patient is going to consume yogurt, it should be unflavored, Greek yogurt. Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil are the best types of cooking oil. Kahn stresses to always have less fruit than vegetables because the sugar in fruit will eventually turn into fat. Low glycemic fruit such as blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are good; however, dried fruit should be avoided. Spices such as Turmeric and Curry powder are anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. Lastly, Kahn describes her personal struggles with flour and wheat—swollen legs, a bloated stomach, and gas were products of an inflammatory diet. Kahn ends by stating that eating a diet with anti-inflammatories will allow you to have a balanced diet, as well as a body full of energy.