Edema happens when our small blood vessels release fluid into nearby tissues. The extra fluid builds up, which makes the tissue swell.
It can be caused from some medical issues or in case of pregnancy and not enough physically activity. (1)
Here we are going to give you the most usual causes for edema and how to avoid it:
Excessive Intake of Sodium
Not drinking enough water and consuming food rich in salt can lead to water retention in the body. Water can make our cells expend to 20 times.
Try to replace the table salt with Himalayan or Celtic sea salt.
Deficiency in Magnesium
You need to consume food rich with magnesium such as dried fruits, dark chocolate, peas, spinach, nuts, whole grains and avocados to prevent and treat edema.
Vitamin B6 Deficiency
This vitamin is responsible for controlling a number of water balance aspects in the body, so if you have luck of it, the edema will appear. To prevent water retention you should consume more turkey, chicken, tuna, bananas, dried fruit, lean beef, and sunflower seeds. (2)
We need potassium for maintaining normal water balance in the body. Potassium reduces the sodium levels, thus reducing water retention.
Not drinking enough water lead to dehydration. When it happens to our body it retains water. In these situations you must drink a lot of water and juices.
Excessive Consumption of Processed Food
This food is the main reason why people suffer from edema. Avoid it and protect yourself from water retention and numerous health issues.
Beneficial herbs for Reducing Edema:
- Corn silk
- Dandelion (3)