Edema, as water retention is called in medical terms, represents the abnormal amount of fluid in human body. Its gravity is easily observed at the feet and ankles level, where swelling usually appears. Fluid retention occurs when the body is unable to get rid of excess water and it can manifest in a single region or it can spread throughout the body.
The list of possible factors which may lead to the occurrence of this disorder is extremely large and can vary from low protein levels, potassium loss or hormones to more severe illnesses such as venous insufficiency, severe chronic lung diseases or congestive heart failure. Of course, these are only a few causes that may trigger this disorder.
Based on the assumption that every problem has a solution, here are a few natural remedies for an efficient treatment of this unfortunate occurrence in so many people’s life.
This is one of the first steps you should take. Sodium causes fluid retention, therefore salt should be avoided at any costs, especially by those who are permanently affected by fluid retention. Any type of junk food should be cut off from one’s diet too, because of the increased amount of salt they contain.
Tip: Make sure you don’t use salt in your food before your period. Simply add another spice or more pepper, instead.
Eat more bananas
The high amount of potassium they contain helps you eliminate any fluid retention within a few days. So, eat them with your morning cereals and, besides the pleasure of your taste buds, you will also reduce any extra fluid running through your body.
Tip: Raisins are another healthy option to reduce water retention, if you are not into bananas.
Ice packs for swelling
Whenever you feel that your feet or ankles are swollen, take some ice cubes and put them into a plastic bag, wrap a towel around it and place it on the affected area. After 5 to 10 minutes, you will notice that your ankles have returned to their normal size.
Make way for natural diuretics
A well-known natural diuretic is cabbage. Used in so many diets, it is famous for its ability to eliminate unwanted residual body fluids. For a more tasteful experience, you can try a fresh homemade cranberry and cabbage juice. Simply mix them in a blender with a bit of water and drink the smoothie every morning.
Drink up to 2 l of water a day
Everyone talks about the importance of drinking a minimum of 2L of water a day. Dehydration is one of the causes of fluid retention. Drinking water facilitates the elimination of toxins and residual substances from your body. Furthermore, your skin will look younger, healthier and shinier.
Even though some people might find it hard to talk about fluid retention and might also be embarrassed by the way their body looks like, nature provides many natural treatments that are proved to be efficient in healing this disorder. With their help, this condition becomes a temporary, passing displeasure. Everything you need is out there, in nature, and all you have to do is acquire some knowledge and apply it for your healing. Of course, after asking for your doctor’s opinion.