Friday, May 12, 2017

Ten Steps For Fighting Edema

It just seems like being diabetic and having things like edema go hand in hand. Diabetes causes the heart to decrease its efficiency to move fluids through the body. So diabetics tend to have swollen extremities like their feet, hands, fingers, toes, and ankles. Thankfully there are steps to fighting the build up of fluid in the body.

Talk to your doctor
Make sure that there is not a health issue that is causing the edema. It's better to be safe than sorry. 

Step away from the salt, processed food, and fast food
Salt, msg, canned food, boxed foods, and fast food are all culprits to water retention. Not only are they hard on your body but they are hard on your heart. Having bad circulation and a non optimal heart only adds to fluid retention.

Are there medications that cause edema or fluid retention? Some people have a bad reaction to over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Niacin long release, Lovastatin, and Raloxifene are all known to cause edema.

Compression socks
Compression socks will help reduce swelling in your ankles and cause your body to move the fluid normally. Be sure not to get a pair that is too tight or you will want to take them off in the middle of the day. If you wear dress shoes then wear thinner compression socks. If you wear boots then purchase thicker compression socks. Compression socks are also known as diabetic stockings.

Raise your legs
At the end of the day try to raise your legs above your heart.

A dose of coffee or black tea
coffee and tea is a natural diuretic. Green tea is especially good for removing excess water from the body.

Banana please!
Fruits and vegetables high in potassium are a natural nieretic. Melon, watermelon, and bananas are great. Celery, onion, asparagus are great vegetables to eat when you are trying to reduce the water in your body.

Whole Grains Please!
Just like water cleanses the liver, fiber cleans the colon. This allows the body to reduce water in the body.

Drink more water!
Dehydration causes your body to hold onto water not release it. There are situations where your doctor will ask you to reduce your water intake. If not under doctor's instructions Drink Up!

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