10 Home Remedies for Water Retention (Edema)

Water Retention is medically termed as Edema. It is a condition where excess fluid gets trapped under the body tissues that causes swelling in the body and particularly it affect the ankles, hands, legs and feet.

The cause of Water Retention may include: high sodium intake, poor blood circulation, nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, stress & anxiety, premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy, allergies, high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver disease, thyroid disorders, chronic lung disease and aging.

The initial symptoms of Edema are usually swelling & aching of the affected body parts (feet, ankles & hands) and stiff joints. It also causes weight fluctuations.

Home Remedies

  • Lemon Juice – Lemon Juice helps to flush out the excess fluid & toxins from the body, which is helpful in reducing swelling in the body. Drink lemon juice once a day for a week and a teaspoon of honey can also be added to sweeten it. It keeps body hydrated and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.
     
  • Epsom Salt – The magnesium sulphate present in Epsom salt gets easily absorbed through the skin and helps to improve circulation & reduces swelling. It is also relaxing for sore & tired muscles. Mix Epsom salt in a tub filled with warm water and soak swollen feet in it for 15 minutes.
     
  • Apple Cider Vinegar– It reloads potassium in the body and reduces sodium levels. It is important in healing the puffiness and pain caused due to Edema on feet. Applying a little of apple cider vinegar over the swollen area can be helpful.
     
  • Onion – Onion contains blood cleansing properties which are helpful in detoxifying body. It also prevents the formation of kidney stones. Sip 2-3 cups of solution of boiled water containing mixture of raw onions and bit of salt every day until feel relieved.
     
  • Fennel Seeds – Fennel seeds develop the sodium & water output from the kidneys and prevent development of toxins in the body. Add 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds in hot water and sip this fennel tea 3 times a day.
     
  • Cranberry Juice – Cranberry Juice is a good source of minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium that balance the proper fluid level in the body. Regular consumption of a cup of cranberry juice is helpful in accelerating the healing process.
     
  • Garlic – Chew a couple of garlic cloves every morning or add garlic to broths, soups, stir fries and gravies.
     
  • Banana – Bananas contain high amount of potassium that eliminates fluid retention. So eat few bananas directly or slice them on your cereal or prepare a smoothie.
     
  • Ice Packs – When ankles puff up, just apply an ice pack, in order to bring them back to normal size. Try to fill ice cubes in a plastic bag with a zipper seal, wrap a light towel around the bag, and place it on to the affected area for five to ten minutes.
     
  • Coriander Seeds – It is useful as a popular Ayurvedic treatment for swollen feet. The anti-inflammatory properties of these seeds help reduce swelling and also improve circulation. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of coriander seeds in a water and boil it, try to drink the solution 2 times a day.

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Note – This information has been taken from different internet sources.

  admin          2015-08-27          Post Type

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