A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Edema
I had a question the other day about edema.
Edema is the accumulation of fluid in spaces between the cells in your soft tissues.
Any part of your body can develop edema.
The swelling can be localized in your face, arms, and neck, or may involve your legs and ankles, known as dependent edema.
Periorbital edema is swelling around your eyes.
Corneal stroma is edema of your cornea.
Generalized edema is known as anasarca.
Preeclampsia is a condition occurring in about 5% of pregnant women, causing high blood pressure, fluid accumulation in the tissues, and albuminuria (protein in your urine).
The underlying causes of edema may be serious.
Edema can mean a much more serious illness, like cirrhosis of the liver, congestive heart failure, diabetes, or vena cava syndrome (narrowing of the vein supplying blood from your upper body to your heart).
Edema can also happen as the result of infection or prolonged bed rest.
Fluid retention can also be caused by allergies.
To deal with edema it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 10 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Alfalfa is a good source of important minerals. It also contains chlorophyll, a potent detoxifier. Take 2,000-3,000 mg daily in divided doses.
*Hawthorn berries, juniper, and uva ursi are diuretics. By increasing the output of urine, they help to counteract edema.
*Horse chestnut has been shown to reduce postsurgical edema.
*Rose hips contain bioflavonoids helpful in the treatment of edema.
*Other herbs beneficial if you’re suffering from edema include butcher’s broom, dandelion root, juniper berries, marshmallow, parsley, and pau d’arco tea.
*Eat a diet high in fiber.
*For protein, eat eggs, broiled whitefish, and broiled skinless chicken or turkey. Consume small amounts of buttermilk, cottage cheese, kefir, and low-fat yogurt.
*Use kelp to supply needed minerals.
*Avoid alcohol, animal protein, beef, caffeine, chocolate, dairy products (except for those listed above), dried shellfish, fried foods, gravies, olives, pickles, salt, soy sauce, tobacco, white flour, and white vinegar. Salt, in particular, may exacerbate fluid retention.
*If you have swelling of your legs and feet, sit with your feet up as often as you can. Wear support hose for swelling in your legs.
*If you have swelling of your arm, elevate it on a comfortable surface above the level of your heart. Wear a compression sleeve.
*Do gentle exercise daily and take hot baths or saunas twice a week.
*Follow a fasting program to flush excess fluid from your tissues.
*If pressing with your fingers on your feet and ankles results in the formation of small “pits,” consult your physician. This can be a sign of a serious health problem.
*Food allergy testing is recommended.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they’re neurotoxins.
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