From pineapple to parsley, from melon to yoghurt..
This is seen most in the hands and feet and mostly in legs… Even if it does not generally cause pain, it does cause increase in body weight and swelling which are uncomfortable. The name of this problem that is common in women is edema! Edema, which occurs when the fluid circulating in veins comes out of the veins and accumulates between tissues and skin, can develop in connection with several severe diseases, such as heart failure, kidney diseases, important protein loss and infection, hypothyroid and salt sodium imbalances. Therefore when edema occurs in the body, it is important to seek medical advice without delay. In addition to these serious conditions, the hormonal changes that occur during menstruation and pregnancy, consuming too much salt, inactivity and fast consumption of fluids can also cause edema in the body. If there is no serious medical condition underlying, a good way to control edema is to make sure there are plenty of “edema removing” foods and drinks at the dinner table. Acibadem Kozyatağı Hospital Nutrition and Diet Specialist İpek Ertan explained “edema removing” foods and beverages.
Pineapple increases the body’s fluid removal thanks to the bromelain in it. Pineapple is also rich in potassium and fiber. Foods that are rich in potassium help to balance the sodium potassium balance in body fluids. Thus the amount of sodium in the cell does not increase and prevents the development of edema. High fiber increases digestion. When the intestines function well, the body removes fluids better. Whenever you feel that edema may have developed, you can consume 1 portion (1 slice) of pineapple per day.
Parsley is a natural diuretic because of the contents in it. Rich in vitamin C, parsley also contains plenty of vitamin A and herbal fiber. On days when edema develops parsley can bring relief if you eat 1 bunch of it raw or boil it and drink the juice. However, too much parsley can cause unnecessary fluid removal and therefore cause low blood pressure. This is why you should not consume too much parsley.
Yellow-orange fruits like apricot and melon are rich in potassium. Eating 2 portions of fruit every day to maintain sodium potassium balance in the body will prevent the development of edema.
Turnip is a natural source of nutrition. If you have frequent edema problems, consuming turnips 1-2 times a week will help remove excess fluid. If you have problems with gas, you can cook cabbage or boil it to consume.
Milk and yogurt are calcium rich foods that are beneficial for maintaining the mineral balance in body fluids, therefore prevent the development of edema. You can drink up to 2-3 glasses of milk or eat 1 bowl of yogurt per day.
Oat contains plenty of fiber. The beta glucan in oat increases intestine function by speeding up circulation and thereby helps remove edema and prevent it from developing. It should definitely be included in your diet at least 3-4 times a week in milk or yogurt or baked in cookies or bread.
Sage and stinging nettles help remove fluid with the diuretic ingredients they have. However, when too much is consumed, they can cause blood pressure to drop so you must be cautious. If you have edema, drinking 1-2 cups of sage tea per day can be beneficial.
Drink water interspersed throughout the day
Water is one of the most important nutritional elements which needs to be consumed in a balanced way to prevent edema development. You can calculate the amount of water as 1 ml for each calorie you consume or 30 ml per kilo. Another thing you must be careful to do is to spread your water intake throughout the day, because drinking too much water at one time can have the opposite effect and cause an increase in edema.