12 Natural Ways to Stop Edema Fast! (# 6 is So Good for You!)

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Edema is an accumulation of fluid in the body’s tissue, which leads to swelling. This can occur in any part of the body, but for most people, edema affects the feet, ankles, legs, hands or arms. It has been estimated that nearly five million people in the US suffer from edema at one time or another.

If you or someone you know has experienced edema, or currently has this problem, then you know the painful pressure that edema can cause. Sometimes edema occurs from something as simple as sitting in one position for long time, such as an extended airplane trip or car ride. Other times, edema is the result of certain medications, medical conditions (such as pregnancy) or even serious health problems. These include kidney disease, liver failure, heart failure, cancer, deep vein thrombosis or an allergic reaction.

Edema sometimes occurs after surgery, although the reasons for this are not fully understood. Certain other factors can increase your risk of developing this painful swelling, including high blood pressure, excessive alcohol consumption, kidney disease and a sedentary lifestyle.

Although edema itself is not harmful, it is sometimes a sign of an underlying problem. If you have unexplained edema that does not go away within a few weeks, you should consult a doctor to determine the cause.

Otherwise, for those who spend long hours sitting, travel frequently by plane, are pregnant or have medication that is causing this swelling, we have 12 of the best ways to relieve the pressure and reduce swelling naturally, without harmful chemical diuretics.

Keep reading. You might be surprised at just how easy it can be to keep your edema under control and feel much more like yourself.


1. Apple Cider Vinegar

This is a very well-known remedy for edema. Due to its high levels of potassium, this natural drink removes excess salt from the body, reducing fluid retention. Apple cider vinegar also contains anti-inflammatory compounds, which reduce pain, redness and swelling. Get the most out of this natural substance by using it both topically and taking it internally.

Add one or two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider to a large glass of water and drink twice daily. If the taste does not appeal to you, try adding a tablespoon of raw, organic honey to each glass.

You can use apple cider vinegar externally also by mixing equal parts of apple cider vinegar and warm water.  Soak a clean washrag or towel in this mixture, and apply it to the affected area for 10 or 15 minutes. Repeat two or three times daily until the swelling has gone down.


2. Cucumber Juice

This is a tasty method that works for many people. Cucumber juice removes toxins and excess fluids while it aids greatly in healing. If your skin has become tight and drawn, or if it has even cracked or split open with the pressure, this might be the answer for you. Cucumber is very soothing to the skin. Drink one glass (eight ounces) of freshly squeezed, organic cucumber juice once or twice each day until the swelling subsides.


3. Epsom Salt Soak

Epsom salt, which is actually made of magnesium flakes and is not a true salt, can reduce swelling, inflammation and draws out excess fluid from the body. It is also relaxing and will help you sleep better at night. Mix two cups of Epsom salt in a tub of warm water. Soak for a minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of 40 minutes. Repeat three to four times each week.

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