Edema is a medical condition in which puffiness and swelling occurs in many areas of the body, as in legs, arms, feet, hands, lungs, heart, or stomach area. The dietary plan can be very important in the cure and prevention of edema, therefore it is important to make dietary changes to reduce edema-related swelling.
Some of the many common causes of Edema include:
Symptoms of edema can include:
|To Avoid||To Consume|
|-||Dark Leafy Greens Vegetables|
|Soy||Crushed Flax Seeds|
|Pulses (In Excess)||-|
|High salt foods||Water intake|
|Processed dairy foods||Green Tea|
|Carbonated Beverages||Lemon juice|
|Beer||Boil water with little sugar and fennel seeds|
In addition to herbs, supplements, and diet changes, research indicates that a few physical remedies can have a positive effect on reducing edema symptoms. Physical remedies are especially beneficial for edema caused by temporary changes, such as pregnancy or medications. You may find the following physical remedies beneficial for edema:
Some causes of fluid retention need medical treatment, but home remedies may help relieve the symptoms. The sections below discuss some of these in more detail.Herbal remedies
Some herbs are natural diuretics. The extract of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), for example, may help reduce the amount of water the body retains in a day. A person should speak to a doctor before using this or any other herbal remedy. Diuretics may not be safe for people with kidney disease, for example.Elevation
If a person has edema in their lower limbs, it may help to:
People with edema may wish to wear loose clothing, as it will be more comfortable and allow fluid to circulate. Use support stockings to increase circulation in the lower limbs.