How to get rid of swollen legs feet and ankles fast naturally due to fluid retention and edema. Home remedies for swollen feet. Our body can eliminate the excess fluids on its own, through urine, or sweat.
However, when its function is affected, the fluid starts accumulating in the tissues, and causes swelling.
The swelling is most prominent in legs, feet, ankles, hands, and sometimes even in face.
This is known as peripheral edema.
There are two types of edema. pitting edema, and non-pitting edema.
In pitting edema, an indentation is formed, when pressured is applied on the swollen area.
This indentation will persist for sometime, even after the pressure is released.
The causes for pitting edema are:
Sitting for too long.
Congestive heart failure.
High intake of Sodium.
Deficiency of Potassium and magnesium.
Medication side effects.
Wearing tight socks, etc.,
In non-pitting edema, indentation is not formed when pressure is applied.
Non-pitting edema is caused due to disorders in lymphatic system.
Non-pitting edema is more serious, and difficult to treat, than pitting edema.
Whatever might be the reasons for swelling and fluid retention, you must consult your doctor, immediately.
However, there are some home remedies you could take, to reduce swelling in the body.
1. Drink water.
Drinking less than the recommended amount of water, which is 6-8 glasses a day, can dehydrate your body, and is very dangerous to your health.
In cases of dehydration, the body tries to rehydrate itself, by taking water from different tissues, which may lead to fluid retention and other serious health problems.
2. Reduce the intake of sodium.
Sodium is present in almost any of the foods we eat every day, so it’s really hard to avoid.
However, consuming too much of it can cause numerous health problems, including fluid retention.
3. Avoid processed foods.
Processed foods are rich in sugar and sodium, which are among the main risk factors for fluid retention, and a variety of other diseases and conditions.
You must avoid processed foods as much as possible.
4. Eat potassium, and magnesium rich foods.
Potassium deficiency has been linked to fluid imbalance, as well as improperly functioning organs.
Magnesium is very important for our health, and we need about 200 mg of it a day.
In case of these deficiencies, the body will experience fluid retention.
So make sure to eat nuts, seeds, whole grains, and avocado, in order to optimize the levels of the minerals in your body.
6. Eat Vitamin B6 rich food.
Lack of this vitamin, is one of the main causes of fluid retention.
Eat more tuna, pistachios, bananas, chicken, and sunflower seeds, in order to resolve the problem.
In order to prevent fluid retention, exercise is key.
Start being physically active today, in order to keep the levels of fluids in your body regulated, and keep everything functioning properly.
Go for a walk, run, or swim, and aim for 30 minutes of exercise per day 3 times a week, or more, if you have the time.
8. Elevate your legs.
While sleeping, or resting, elevate your legs with a pillow, to reduce the swelling in your ankles, and prevent accumulation of fluids in your joints.
9. Don't wear tight clothes.
Wearing tight clothes can impair your circulation, and cause numerous problems.
Also, don't wear socks which are too tight.
If you follow these tips, you may steer clear of the condition and stay healthy.
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