edema

Get Rid of Edema Naturally

Edema occurs when your limbs fill up with fluid. It is generally caused by an underlying condition such as heart or kidney failure, but can also be caused by injuries or being overweight. If you have edema it is a good idea to be checked out by a doctor just to eliminate serious health concerns such as heart failure. It can occur anywhere in the body but it’s most common form is peripheral edema which occurs in the feet and legs.

 

How do I know if I have edema?

  • Swelling
  • Puffiness
  • Skin discoloration
  • Aching
  • Tender limbs
  • Skin that holds the impression of your finger when pressed
  • Stiff joints
  • Weight gain
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Accelerated pulse

 

How do I prevent edema?

  • Elevate your feet regularly to help stimulate blood flow.
  • Limit salt intake.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Keep hydrated.
  • Avoid smoking.

 

How can I treat edema?

  • Eliminate food allergens from your diet and then slowly add them back in one by one. Go a week between additions and immediately re-eliminate any foods that cause a recurrence of your symptoms.
  • Decrease your salt intake.
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, tobacco products and caffeine as much as possible.
  • Limit your intake of fried foods and chocolate as they can affect the effectiveness of your liver and kidneys.
  • Eat lots of raw fruits and veggies. They help keep you hydrated and eliminate toxins.
  • Increase your water intake. This seems counter intuitive, but it will help flush fluids out of your body.
  • Make dandelion tea; it helps improve organ function.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Massage the affected limbs to help encourage the fluids to move out.
  • Elevate the affected limbs as much as possible.
  • Eat foods that act as diuretics such as pumpkin, asparagus or beets to help flush fluids out.
  • Keep your skin moisturized to help prevent further problems.
  • Wear compression hosiery and socks.
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