HealthBeat the bloat: Simple dietary shifts to reduce swelling and edema

Beat the bloat: Simple dietary shifts to reduce swelling and edema

How to get rid of swelling?
How to get rid of swelling?
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8:43 PM EDT, April 18, 2024

When our body retains water, causing us to struggle with edema and swelling, implementing two dietary strategies can restore balance. Simple changes can work wonders.

What causes edema?

Experiencing sudden edema, unexpected weight gain, or swelling necessitates a medical consultation to identify the cause. If it's determined that the issue isn't related to any underlying disease and is instead cyclical, like being related to the menstrual cycle, home remedies can be effective in mitigating the condition. But what can help us, apart from drinking ample water?

Dietary ways to reduce edema and swelling

Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs

Incorporating products with diuretic properties is essential for a diet aimed at mitigating edema and swelling. Specific fruits such as strawberries, watermelon, blueberries, cranberries, and lemons, along with vegetables like bell peppers, parsley leaves, and celery, are recommended due to their efficacy in promoting the elimination of excess fluids. These can be added to meals or, ideally, blended into smoothies for maximum effectiveness.

Nettle tea (best consumed on an empty stomach), dandelion root, horsetail, yarrow, and parsley leaves are also beneficial. Yerba mate is a great choice, too! Herbs should be customized based on individual health conditions and potential medication interactions.

Reducing Salt Intake

Cutting back on salt is crucial for addressing swelling and edema. Excessive sodium increases water retention as the body attempts to maintain ionic balance. Limiting salt helps reduce edema and supports overall health, including blood pressure management.

It is advised to replace salt with alternative spices and be aware of hidden sodium sources in processed foods, ready meals, and certain sauces and spices. This shift necessitates carefully reviewing food labels and a preference for fresh, unprocessed ingredients.

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