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Accumulation of abnormal quantities of fluid in spaces between the cells of the body. Edema can accumulate in almost any location in the body. Most common sites include the feet and ankles.

  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Have a food allergy test.
  • Water retention is better is you stay away from cold drinks, fatty foods, and raw foods.

  • Fasting may be beneficial.
  • Get your protein from eggs, broiled white fish, and broiled skinless chicken or turkey. Buttermilk, cottage cheese, low-fat yogurt, and kefir are beneficial.
  • Include a lot of fiber in your diet.
  • Kelp is a great source of minerals.
  • Participate in a daily exercise routine. Using saunas and taking hot baths are recommended twice a week.
  • Stay away from stressful situations.
  • Stay away from the following: white sugar, white flour, beef, animal protein, alcohol, pickles, salt, soy sauce, gravies, olives, tobacco, fried foods, caffeine, dried shellfish, chocolate, and certain dairy products.
  • Test your feet and ankles by pressing on them with your fingers. If you notice small pits forming, see your doctor for further observation.
  • Those with feet and legs that swell should try to put their feet up as often as possible. Support hose are available to help control swelling.

Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: High
Comments: Lack of protein absorption can contribute to edema. Water retention can be caused by protein deficiency.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: B vitamins enhance each other.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
Importance: High
Comments: Decreases water retention.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Provides necessary minerals. Has chlorophyll which detoxifies the body.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Replenishes minerals lost in the edema correction process.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Replenishes minerals lost in the edema correction process.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Diuretic.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Alfalfa is a great source of mineral supplements and also contains chlorophyll that helps to detoxify the body.
Dosage: Take 2,000 - 3,000 milligrams daily, in divided doses.

Hawthorn Berries, Horsetail, Juniper, and Uva ursi
Type: Internal
Purposes: These four herbs work as herbal diuretics and help to reduce water retention for the treatment of edema.

Horse Chestnut
Type: Internal
Purposes: Horse Chestnut seed contain Aescin which has helped to effectively reduce post-surgical edema.

Rose Hips
Type: Internal
Purposes: They are an excellent source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids that are beneficial in the treatment of edema.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Combination of herbs and corn silk that have been known to reduce the formation of sediments in the kidneys and helps to reduce water retention.
Dosage: 2 Capsules three times daily

Butcher's Broom, Dandelion Root, Horsetail, Juniper Berries, Lobelia, Marshmallow, Parsley, and Pau d'arco
Type: Internal
Purposes: These eight herbs have beneficial properties for treating Edema.
Cautions: Lobelia is not to be taken internally for long term.