Swelling of the legs - how to fight it?
Puffiness of the feet is a fairly common problem that bothers both men and women. Heaviness in the legs, pain, fatigue, swelling - these are all symptoms, the causes of which are much deeper.
Foot swelling: causes of
The most common cause of swelling is, of course, fatigue, which is especially true for people who spend the whole day on their feet. In addition, the legs begin to swell more strongly in the heat. Quite often, athletes and people of heavy physical labor complain of pain and heaviness in their legs. Puffiness can be caused by taking a number of hormonal medications. This problem is not alien to pregnant women. Another group at risk is people who are overweight.
The severity and accumulation of fluid in the legs can also occur with a variety of diseases of the kidney and urinary tract, as well as the liver, cardiovascular system, lymph nodes, thyroid gland. Significantly more often problems with puffiness are diagnosed among the elderly. In some cases, the syndrome of heavy legs occurs with a deficiency in the body of protein, which is often found among fans of a variety of strict diets.
Why does the fluid begin to accumulate in the body's tissues? This is due, first of all, to a violation of the circulation of lymph and blood in the body. In addition, there is a change in the balance of minerals, in particular - potassium and sodium. For normal life in the body, there should always be a balance between these two elements. In the event that the sodium level rises, the intracellular fluids exit into the space between the cells, resulting in edema of the legs.
If you have swollen feet, you feel heaviness, fatigue and pain, then you should first seek medical advice, as this may be a harbinger of varicose veins and a number of other more serious diseases.
Swelling of the legs: treatment with the
diet As already mentioned, swelling is the result of an increase in the body's amount of sodium and a decrease in potassium. If swelling is your problem, then it's worth adjusting your diet a little.
First, you need to reduce the amount of sodium. Its main source is salt. If you are a lover of salty, spicy and spicy dishes, then you should be more careful. Try to reduce the amount of salt to a minimum.
In addition, you need to replenish the amount of potassium. It is found in products such as parsley, radish, cabbage, peas, carrots, currants, zucchini, figs, honey, apple cider vinegar, plums, grapes, pumpkin, grapefruits and dried apricots.
It is recommended to drink only pure water. Refuse carbonated drinks and beer, limit the amount of coffee and tea.
How to remove puffiness in your legs at home: express methods
What can you do if you hardly get home in the evening and can not even get into slippers because your legs are too big? In this case, you can use some simple and quick methods.
To begin with, lay down and lay a few pillows under your feet so that they are above the level of the head. Now rest a little in such a position that the liquid could spread evenly throughout the body. You can use a moisturizer.
Remember that swelling of the legs is a problem that must be dealt with, as otherwise undesirable consequences are possible.
Now prepare yourself a special foot bath. The water should be slightly warm, almost cool. Divide in it a few tablespoons of sea salt( for lack of it you can use ordinary cookery).Put your feet into the water and hold for at least 20 minutes.
After the bath, massage the foot and ankles - this finally normalizes blood circulation and normalizes the outflow of lymph from the tissues.