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Important facts regarding edema

Edema is a medical issue that can be a symptom of a numberof conditions, which is why it is important to determine what caused it inorder to begin with the treatment of an underlying condition, if necessary. It doesnot necessarily mean that the condition will be serious, because in the majorityof cases, high blood pressure, sitting or standing for too long, salty food,and pregnancy are the main culprits. However, the fact is that congestive heartfailure, kidney failure, cirrhosis, and problems with lymphatic system mightalso be the causes, which is why the problem should not be disregarded. It usuallyaffects hands, arms, legs, feet and ankles, although practically any part ofthe body can be affected. Even though an ordinary person will rarely associate shortnessof breath, pain in the chest and problems with breathing with edema, the factis that these symptoms indicate edema in the lungs, which can even be lifethreatening. In such cases, medical attention is absolutely necessary, and waitingfor the symptoms to withdraw should not be an option.

Edema can be diagnosed based on the results of urine andblood tests, based on the results of the chest X-ray, and based on the pressurein certain blood vessels.

Natural diuretics for edema

Diuretics have the purpose to reduce the swelling, andgenerally, the majority of people use them in the form of medications. However,there are some natural diuretics that also stimulate urine flow, which resultsin getting rid of the fluid that has accumulated in the body tissue. These naturaldiuretics can provide the same results as medicines, yet with no side effects ifused properly. This means that they should not be used in the dosage that exceedsthe recommended, because even though people will lose excess water, somevitamins and minerals that are important for proper functioning of the bodywill be lost as well.

Certain fruits, vegetables and herbs are known for theirability to prevent water retention in the body, which is why those people whohave problems with edema should include them in their diet, or increase theirintake. Among them are grapes, watermelon, cucumber, onions, artichoke, tomatoes,and parsley, as well as herbs such as dandelion, linden, hawthorn, alfalfa and fennel.Apple cider vinegar and cranberry juice can also be used as a natural diuretic.

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