Idiopathic oedema (edema) is usually the reason for water retention. This means that specific disease is not the cause for water retention and it can happen when you change the way you exercise or what you eat.

If there is no underlying condition, you can reduce the swelling and you can avoid water retention and in this article we are going to show you how, but first we should check the causes of edema.

-Eating excessive amounts of processed foods – These foods contain huge amounts of sodium and sugar and that can further lead to water retention. The worst part is that they can put pressure on the liver and the kidneys because they contain artificial food additives.

-Lack of potassium – In order for the organs, cells and tissues in your body to function properly, they need potassium. It also has a huge role when it comes to keeping the normal balance of water in your body. Not consuming foods that are rich in potassium can end up with potassium deficiency and that can further lead to edema. You can also gain weight due to the lack of potassium and you can even experience cramps and muscle spasms.

-Lack of magnesium – According to a study, water retention can be reduced and they tested that on women with premenstrual symptoms and they gave them 200 milligrams of magnesium each day and they reduced water retention. Foods that are rich in magnesium are avocados, whole grains, dried fruits, dark leafy vegetables, peas, dark chocolate and nuts.

-Dehydration – When you do not drink enough water, you will experience dehydration. In order for the body to survive it will retain water and that can end up with swellings in your leg, feet, hands and ankles.

-Lack of vitamin B6 – This was as well tested on women with premenstrual symptoms, and they received vitamin B6 each day and their condition was better. Foods that are rich in vitamin B6 are bananas, sunflower seeds, tuna, chicken, turkey and dried fruit.

You can reduce edema with the help of plants such as garlic, horsetail, fennel, dandelion, hibiscus, parsley, nettle and corn silk.

Source: http://thehealthylifestyle365.com/health/10957/