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Get Rid of Swollen Ankles

Water retention is the body’s lack of ability to rid itself of excess water resulting in tissues holding on to more than necessary.

Some things to look out for when it comes to retaining water and swelling of the ankles and feet are:

• Noticeable weight gain in a short amount of time, despite diet. There is a direct correlation between the amount of sodium consumed and water retention, which is a reason that overweight people tend to be more susceptible.

• Pain is also a common symptom of swelling. This pain is typically mild and described as uncomfortable.

• If you push on the area for a few seconds and your finger leaves a dent or a divet, that is a most definite sign of swelling in the area.

Problems with Pharmaceuticals

Doctor prescribed medications for water retention and swelling of the ankles are available. These specific drugs are called diuretics or “water pills.” However, like any prescription medication out there they are not without their side effects.

Side effects include:

• Sexual Dysfunction

• Gout

• Dizziness

• Increased urination

• Unreliable blood test results

• Increased sensitivity to light

• Changes in menstruation

The side effects depend on the person ingesting the medication and the type of diuretic being used.

Natural Ways to Treat Ankle Swelling

• Swimming is a great way to treat edema. The body is no longer under the effect of gravity so the water retained in the ankles will be able to disperse throughout the body, reducing swelling.

• Relax and try some Yoga to help ease that swelling. There are a lot of yoga positions that are great for reversing gravity and getting that water moving around your body again.

• Although it may seem counter intuitive, be sure to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. This will help to flush out anything in your body that may be contributing to the swelling. Even better infuse your water with lemon and cucumber. Both of these have anti-inflammatory properties that are sure to not only reduce the inflammation in your ankles but taste refreshing too!