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Reduce Swelling From Edema Naturally - Reduce Swollen Feet, Swollen Legs & Ankles

Edema how to treat it and reduce swelling

What is edema? Edema, commonly also referred to as Oedema, is the swelling of the body and it happens when small blood vessels leak fluid into tissues in different areas of the body and becomes trapped there. It can happen anywhere in your body including your eyes, legs, ankles, arms, brain, lungs, stomach, feet, etc. It can be very scary to say the least.  Medications that cause edema include oral birth control, Pregabalin (Lyrica), Gabapentin (Neurontin), Amlodipine (Norvasc), Pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia). Sitting or standing for too long can increase the swelling. 

edema swelling of legs, ankles and feet

What causes edema? Medical conditions and inflammation can cause edema including brain injuries, liver and kidney disease, allergies, albumin deficiencies (albumin is a simple protein found in egg whites, milk and blood serum), serious illnesses, pregnancy, medications can also cause edema. Inflammation can cause diseases and edema, so it is important to eat foods which naturally fight inflammation (more below).

Types of edema:

  • Peripheral edema is the swelling of the extremities including the arms, feet, hands and legs.
  • Pulmonary edema is edema of the lungs making it difficult to breathe.
  • Cerebral edema is swelling of the brain usually caused by head trauma.
  • Macular edema is fluid buildup in the macula which is an area in the center of the retina.

For ways to cure or reduce the swelling of edema:

  1. Take detox baths using Epsom salts – this happens through reverse osmosis and the warm water will help relax your muscles as well.
  2. Reduce your salt intake – avoid soups and other foods high in sodium.
  3. Eat healthy – lots of fruits and vegetables and healthy proteins – try to avoid or severely cut down on your red meat as it can cause inflammation which is an edema trigger. Avoid processed meats as they are not healthy and linked to cancer and eat fats in moderation.
  4. Eat lots of food rich in Antioxidants - you can get a list of the foods with the highest ORAC score here reduce inflammation, anti inflammatory diet, antioxidants
  5. Drink a lot of water to cleanse your system and avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking. Smoking isn’t good for you and can cause inflammation and alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate you which tells your body to store water.
  6. Exercise is important to keep the blood flowing and increase circulation. If walking hurts, try swimming so your body is held up by the water and you’re not putting too much pressure on your legs if you have pedal edema or lymphoedema.
  7. Try to avoid sitting too long or standing in place to long as this can cause water to accumulate. Walking around helps trigger circulation.
  8. For lymphoedema put your feet up to help with circulation and pooling in the feet
  9. Compression stockings help put pressure where the edema is occurring and that reduces fluid buildup.

Supplements for Edema include Bromelain, Juniper Berry, Green and Black Tea, Quercetin, Corn Silk, Horsetail, Hibiscus, Dandelion, Turmeric, Juniper Berry, Hydrangea Root, Uva Ursi, Magnesium, Parsley, Ginger, Rutin and Vitamin B6. If you unable to find all of these, start with magnesium or a supplement like SwellNoMore that contains 17 of these ingredients. SwellNoMore gets reviews from people who could not walk due to edema and after taking SwellNoMore, the swelling went down and they were able to walk, sometimes in as little as 2-3 days and other times it can take a few weeks.

Natural Foods that fight edema and are natural Diuretics in nature include watermelon, green bell peppers, onions, garlic, asparagus, celery, berries and grapes, but remember any and all fruits and vegetables are good for you, just avoid putting salt on them.

Water Pills for Edema versus Natural Diuretics for Edema versus Natural Supplements for Edema. SwellNoMore acts as a Natural Diuretic, Natural Water Pill and Natural Supplement to reduce water retention, inflammation and swelling. 

Water pills work by blocking the reabsorption of sodium in the kidneys which helps reduce water retention and swelling (edema).

Natural Diuretics and prescribed diuretics all work by increasing the passing of urine.  There are 4 types of Diuretics:

  • Natural Diuretics such as SwellNoMore (SwellNoMore.com)
  • Potassium-sparing diuretics, such as Aldactone®, Dyrenium® or Midamor® - Prescriptions
  • Loop-acting diuretics (Bumex®, Demadex®, Edecrin® or Lasix®) - Prescriptions
  • Thiazide diuretics, such as Aquatensen®, Diucardin® or Trichlorex® - Prescriptions

Natural Supplements are considered something that completes or enhances something else when added to it. That is why SwellNoMore contains 17 natural and powerful Ingredients to get the results needed to reduce swelling from edema naturally and quickly. One last note, if you are struggling with eye edema - that is swelling or puffiness around the eye area, due to retained water, check out are  other blog on how to get rid of puffy eyes fast and naturally here.

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