Many times our legs are swollen. This tells us that our body can not properly remove fluid and maintain balance. Look at the advice we give you.
Fluid retention is also called edema. It occurs due to an imbalance of the liquids that we have in the body.
How do we realize we have fluid retention? We can observe it when we see swollen certain parts of the body like the fingers, the ankles, the eyes, among others. You can also read the symptoms of Edema.
In what cases can fluid retention occur?
- Sedentary lifestyle.
- Hormonal fluctuations (pregnancy, menopause, pre menopause).
Imbalance in fluid intake.
- Diseases specific to certain organs (cirrhosis, heart failure, hypertension, cancer, malnutrition).
- Inflammatory (joints due to trauma or blows).
- Circulatory disorders (slowing of the blood and lymphatic return pushing the liquid towards the interstice).
- Ingestion of medications (oral contraceptives, steroids, anti-inflammatory).
- Climate: to a lesser extent fluctuations in atmospheric pressure and high temperatures.
Simple Tips to Avoid Edema
- Take 2 litres of water per day
- Increase the consumption of vegetables and fruits in our diet.
- Perform regular and constant physical activity
- Consume moderately the table salt, avoiding the use of the salt shaker on the table and avoid incorporating the salt when preparing the meals.
- Perform a varied and balanced diet, adjusting to age, weight, height and lifestyle.
Check the color of the urine; if it is dark (concentrated urine) means that we lack water as the body removes excess salt to prevent the retention of liquid. Therefore it will be necessary to drink water.
Consult the doctor for edema to see if it causes it and treat it if necessary.