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Question by  Kenan (16)

What can I do about water retention and swelling?


Answer by  emhaskey (685)

Depending upon the cause of the swelling, you may want to consult your primary care doctor. If it is an extremity that is swollen, elevate and ice the area. Diuretic pills and substances that promote diuresis, such as caffeine, will help to eliminate excess fluid.


Answer by  Karen16 (30)

If the problem is consistent and you've had it for a while, visit your doctor. It could be a host of problems including heart trouble. If you do not feel it's necessary to visit a doctor, reduce your salt intake as salt can cause water retention. And don't forget that salt is hidden in most foods, so check labels.


Answer by  galegamer (28)

Normal water retention can be helped by avoiding foods high in sodium making sure you plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and oddly enough drinking a lot of water to flush your system out. Cranberry juice, asparagus, citrus fruits can also serve as directs to help flush out excessive water. If your symptoms get worse please see a doctor.


Answer by  kph0329 (637)

If you mean swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, sitting or standing for long periods can lead to it. Also, you need to cut way down on your salt consumption, and make sure you get enough fluids.


Answer by  SarahMH (14)

Usually you retain water and swell around the week before their period (this is a common symptom.) In this case, the problem will clear itself within two weeks. If it's persistent, you need to drastically cut the sodium (salt) in your diet (less chips and fast food.) Try adding lemon juice to your water (as it's a natural diuretic.)


Answer by  hippohippo (32)

By lowering your daily salt intake, you can reduce swelling over time. Salt retains water in your body. Results are not immediate as it may take a few days.


Answer by  G12345 (1808)

Retention and swelling are related to several medical condition like: congestive heart failure, nephrotic syndrome, hypothyroidism and cirrhosis. See you doctor. The most common is heart failure and doctors typically recommend restricting once free water intake as well as lowering your dietary sodium intake. These measure are essential even to people on appropriate medical therapy.


Answer by  kungfukid (1241)

For water retention you can blend Uva Urs leaf and green tea to sip. If the swelling is caused by an injury it may be inflammation. If that is the case use anti inflammatory herbs such as cayenne pepper, white willow bark, and turmeric to reduce swelling. They can be taken in capsule form or tea.


Answer by  NoahEdema (58)

It may help to reduce your salt intake. Also, don't sit or stand in one position for a long period of time and don't cross your arms or legs; avoid tight-fitting clothing. Try lying down or sitting in a reclining position with your legs elevated to heart level. See a medical professional to determine the cause.


Answer by  Jojoblue (468)

You need to know what is causing the symptoms first. You either go to your physician or search online. If you are pregnant, don't eat too much chocolate. It will make it worse. Drink a lot of water and exercise.

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