|Nutritional Aid For Edema / Fluid Retention|
Posted On 2012-04-28 , 9:53 AM
Edema is a condition in which excess fluid is retained by the body. It can be generalized throughout the body or localized in one area. This retention of fluids appears as swelling, most often in the hand, feet or around the eyes; but may be in any area of the body. The bloating and swelling can cause muscle aches and pain.
Disorders that can cause edema are congestive heart failure, liver problems, phlebitis, premenstrual syndrome, poor bladder function, poor kidney function, pregnancy, protein or thiamin (vitamin B1) deficiency, vericose veins and sodium retention. Edema is often indicative of adrenal exhaustion, which affects hormone production.
Other factors that may cause edema include allergic reactions, injury to an area of the body (such as a sprain), flying, standing for long periods of time and the use of oral contraceptives.
Excess amounts of sodium, as found in table salt and many other processed products, is often restricted in diets of those who are prone to edema because excess amounts cause the body to retain fluid.
Diet should include as many raw foods as possible to eliminate salt in cooking as well as to insure a natural high fiber intake. Broiled fish and poultry and low-salt dairy products are good protein sources. Limit soy sauce, gravies, pickled products and alcohol. In addition, caffeine, chocolate, tobacco, refined sugar and flour should be avoided by those with edema.
Individuals who are prone to edema should try to promote circulation by elevating the legs while resting, refrain from crossing the legs, avoid wearing restricted clothing and exercise regularly.
Helpful Nutrition Supplements
All nutritional supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medicine.
Free-form amino acid complex. Edema is sometimes caused by inadequate protein assimilation. Protein deficiency has been linked to water retention. Take as directed on label.
Vitamin B complex plus extra vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). The B6 reduces fluid retention. And the B vitamins work best when taken together. Take 50 - 100 milligrams B complex twice daily with meals. Take 50 milligrams B6 three times daily.
Vitamin C is essential for adrenal function and production of adrenal hormones, which are vital for proper fluid balance and control of edema. Take 3,000 to 5,000 milligrams daily in divided doses..
Vitamin E aids circulation. Take 400 IU and up daily.
Calcium and magnesium are needed to replace minerals lost with correction of edema. Take 1,500 milligrams of calcium daily. Take 1,000 milligrams of magnesium daily.
L-carnitine at 2,000 milligrams daily may reduce the bloating associated with PMS.
Potassium is important if taking diuretics. Take 99 milligrams daily.
Silica is a natural diuretic. Take as directed on label.
Herbal Nutrition Supplements
Herbs that can be beneficial if you are suffering from edema include alfalfa, astragalus, black cohosh, buchu, burdock, dandelion, dill, dong quai, gotu kola, hawthorn, horsetail, mint, saw palmetto, stinging nettle and yarrow.
If pressing with the fingers on your feet and ankles results in the formation of small pits, consult your health care provider. This can be a sign of a serious health problem.