Have you ever noticed your rings feeling tight on your fingers? Or your feet seem to be exploding in your shoes? Maybe you’ve experienced your legs swelling during a long flight. Swelling in the lower legs, hands and feet are due to water retention or – edema. Common causes include premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy, medications and a sedentary lifestyle. Most of the time, edema isn’t serious. But if it’s an ongoing issue, this could indicate something may be brewing within your kidneys or heart. In today’s video, we investigate reasons for edema and how to treat it.
1. Eating too much Processed Foods They may be the fastest way to fill an empty stomach, but these products are loaded with sugar and sodium. These guilty culprits are the major instigators of edema. Processed foods also contain many artificial food additives, which put a tremendous load on our vital organs such as the kidneys and liver. 2. Excessive sodium intake Consuming too much foods packed with sodium will require that you drink plenty of water, If not, your body will call in the reserves to drain water from other parts of your body. And before long, all of the water in your body will accumulate in your hands and feet.
3. Dehydration Dehydration can happen anytime a person doesn’t drink enough water. When the body begins to crave water, it will prevent it from escaping. The body will automatically harbor every drop of water it can find. Drinking water instead of soda can help you avoid edema.
4. Vitamin B6 deficiency When we don’t drink enough water, our body will often have a vitamin B6 deficiency. Women who retain water during PMS can experience relief by taking vitamin B6. A natural way to consume this water-soluble vitamin is to eat plenty of chicken, tuna, turkey, bananas, sunflower seeds and pistachio nuts. 5. Magnesium Deficiency One edema trigger can be a magnesium deficiency.
This mineral is essential for many functions throughout the body. Researchers state that as little as 200 mg of daily magnesium can reduce water retention in women with PMS. Try eating more foods loaded with magnesium including: avocados, nuts, whole grains, spinach, peas and dark green veggies. 6. Potassium Deficiency Potassium is another mineral that can regulate water retention. Foods rich in potassium are watermelons and honey melons. A natural way to reduce water retention comes from plants with potent diuretic properties: Garlic Nettle Hibiscus Horsetail Dandelion Parsley Fennel Corn silk.
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