Since I’ve been back in my hometown, I’ve noticed I’ve been putting on weight… and my ankles look swollen. 🤨 In doing a few searches online, I discovered it could be from water retention. So, I thought I’d write an article about it.
There was one particular article found on Healthline.com that I thought was very interesting. It’s was called 6 Ways to Reduce Water Retention (Edema).
Edema, water retention, happens when excessive fluid is retained in the circulatory system or within tissues—causing swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, and legs. There are several potential causes for this. Hormonal changes, lack of physical activity, kidney disease, obesity, and even allergies are a few that I’ll mention. The article I mentioned above names others as well.
My concern at the moment is with my ankles–so I was looking at ways of addressing that issue. If you have a concern with water retention, please check with your doctor (if you have one), to make sure it’s not a serious condition associated with why you’re retaining water, otherwise there are a few things you can try to maybe help reduce the amount of water being retained.
NOT Drinking water is NOT THE ANSWER. Surprisingly, you may not be drinking enough water to begin with—which adds to the problem of fluid retention. So, one option to address fluid retention should be: DRINK MORE WATER.
Other things to try:
- Exercise more. Who wants to do that right? …lol. Subtle changes can make big differences. Consciously add more movement and activity to your daily routine. Do things that you will enjoy and know that you will continue to do. Then continue to add other things to your daily routine.
- Eat less salt/sodium. No doubt this is hard…cause salt tastes so good. I know. Enjoy it in moderation.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables. I read that eating fruit high in potassium like bananas, tomatoes or avocados could help reduce the fluid retention. Eating other fruit like peaches, watermelon and cucumber could also help. Of course, eating a variety of fruit and vegetables can help with a lot of issues and get you looking right.
- Eating herbs or making teas like dandelion tea could be a natural diuretic to add to your mix. I was surprised to find out how many edible things just grow out there in the yard. I think you should absolutely investigate and learn about plants before you make a tea or soup out of it, but there are a surprisingly number of good plants that are helpful and used to be used as home remedies, but today we call them weeds or flowers.
There is a lot more information about this topic to be found in the links below. I just wanted to write a few notes on what I found to get you started.
Thanks for reading and I hope you keep coming back to the site and exploring. Tell your people about me and contribute to our grow! ✊🏾