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12 of the Most Powerful Ways to Reduce Swollen Legs, Ankles, and Feet
4. Splash Around
Swimming, or even just floating, in water can really help to relieve those swollen legs. The pressure from the water gets the circulation moving, but it also gives your body a break from the constant pull of gravity. If you don’t have access to a pool, check out local gymnasiums or swimming classes to see if there are rental hours available. Many high schools with indoor pools often have hours for recreational swimming for a super reasonable price.
5. Speaking of Water
Besides putting your body in water, you should also remember to put water in your body. Excess salt is one big reason why our legs and feet swell up and increasing your fluid intake will dilute the salt in your blood. Try your best to drink 8 glasses of water each day, and then a few cups of herbal tea for good measure. Want to improve that water? Add a few slices of cucumber or lemon to that glass of water. These fruits have anti-inflammatory compounds that will give your salt reducing water an extra anti-swelling punch! Read more about benefits of cucumber water.
6. Parsley Leaf Tea
Remember how we were just talking about drinking a few cups of herbal tea? Well, here is one you should try. Parsley leaf tea is a natural diuretic, so it will help to remove excess water from the body. You can buy this tea in most health food stores, or make your own by boiling about 2 tablespoons of dried, powdered parsley leaf in two cups of water. Cover the pot, turn off the fire, and allow to sit overnight. Strain and add some lemon juice. Drink three cups one day, and then wait 3 days before you repeat the process. Continue until the swelling disappears.
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