OEDEMA is caused when the kidneys &/or heart are beginning to fail in their workload, or if the lymphatic system is congested.   Evidence of this is fluid retention, particularly noticeable at the ankle line and in the feet, lower legs and hands.

When due to kidney failure principally, it is best to avoid eating too much protein, especially animal protein, favor the kidneys by eating vegetable proteins ie almonds, sunflower, sesame, flax and pumpkin seeds, sprouted alfalfa and mung beans, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, rice and steel cut oats, along with a little sour milk products and cottage cheese.

Silica- rich foods help the kidneys to heal ie young green plants, alfalfa, nettles, horsetail, garlic, onion, asparagus, apples, strawberries, grapes, beetroot, coconut, and especially beneficial are cucumber and watermelon.

A hot bath or sauna, twice weekly, will help remove excess fluids and exercising moderately on a daily basis will aid excretion of collected fluids via perspiration, and muscular contraction and deep breathing which pumps along the lymph fluid in the lymphatic tubules to their exit point, the liver.

Avoid salt or sodium totally, a potassium supplement is helpful, herbal teas of Horsetail, Cornsilk, Buchu, Dandelion, Calendula or Celery and Juniper are recommended.

Magnesium strengthens the heart muscle, Hawthorn Berries are healing to the heart.

Fluid retention during pregnancy can be treated with Vitamin B6 and the B Complex, understandably, professional advice regarding dosages of all herbs and vitamins etc is important.    Women who experience breast and abdominal swelling with fluids prior to menstruation can successfully use Vitamin B6 too.

Silica tablets and Vitamin C, which is a good diuretic, are helpful as well.

Please call me on 0427239676 for further professional advice.

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