Edema or water retention is the fluid accumulation in the cavities, tissues and circulatory system. It can cause swelling in the legs, ankles, feet and hands and it usually appears to women the period before pregnancy or during pregnancy. It can also appear in those who aren’t physically active or those who take medications for a prolonged time because of sedentary lifestyle.
Even it is not a life-threating issue it can be a symptoms of heart failure and kidney disease. But, if there aren’t any underlying conditions, there is a way to avoid edema and reduce the swelling. This is what causes the edema:
*Excessive sodium intake*
Consuming foods rich in salt and not drinking enough water can make the body to use its reserves and that leads to edema. The water makes the cells to expand to twenty times. It’s important to know that salt isn’t the only products that contains sodium. It can be found in processed meats, canned vegetables and some condiments. Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt can reverse the damage from the table salt.
This deficiency can lead to edema. The magnesium is a mineral needed for almost all body functions, and if the body is in deficiency, it can obstruct the body’s proper functioning and that will result in edema. It was shown in a study that taking 200 milligrams of magnesium on a daily basis can reduce water retention in women who experience premenstrual symptoms. Foods that are rich in magnesium are peas, whole grains, nuts, avocados, dark green vegetables, yogurt, dried fruits, dark chocolate and spinach.
*Vitamin B6 deficiency*
This vitamin controls many aspects of water balance, and if the body is deficient it may result in edema. It was shown in a study that women who had edema caused by premenstrual syndrome improved the condition by taking this vitamin. It needs many cofactors to function and the best way to get it is from whole foods consumption. Foods rich in tis vitamin are sunflower seeds, dried fruit, bananas, turkey, tuna, lean beef, pistachio nuts, chicken and potatoes with skin.
This mineral is important for proper function of the tissues, organs and body cells. It is important for maintaining normal water balance. Consuming a lot of salt and not consuming foods that are rich in potassium can reduce the levels of potassium and lead to edema. The deficiency in potassium can cause weight gain, cramps and muscle spasms. Potassium is able to reduce the sodium levels and reduce the edema. Foods rich in potassium are honey melon, rockmelon and watermelon.
Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and it will make the body retain water and enter in survival mode. This condition can be improved by regularly consuming water and potassium-rich juices. Soda drinks and coffee can dehydrate the cells even more.
*Excessive consumption of processed foods*
Processed foods are rich in sugar and sodium and they contain artificial additives which work as toxins and put a load in the kidneys and liver. The foods rich in sugar, especially artificial sweeteners can cause fast increase in insulin levels and blood sugar. Reduce the processed food consumption as much as possible.
Here are some herbs that can reduce edema. They are very beneficial because of their diuretic properties.
-Garlic, fennel, nettle, hibiscus, corn silk, parsley, dandelion and horsetail.