Getting to Grips With Mild Oedema with Naural Water Retention Tablets
Oedema is one of those medical terms that can sound very scary, but simply means a build-up of fluid in the body, and in some cases, could be eased with the help of herbal water retention tablets. Around two-thirds of the fluid in our bodies is held in cells with some of the remaining fluid held in the interstitial compartment or tissue spaces in key areas of the body.
This fluid constantly moves between the tissue space and the intravascular compartment in veins, arteries and the lymph system. When something happens to upset this delicate movement of fluid between different parts of the body, we can experience fluid retention or oedema (sometimes written as ‘edema’).
Unless there is a more serious underlying health problem, the majority of us will only need to get rid of water retention caused by mild oedema around the feet, ankles or fingers. This usually harmless – but nonetheless irritating – condition is known as peripheral oedema and occurs when the body stores some water instead of passing it out naturally through urine and sweat.
However, in some cases, oedema can be serious so you should always consult a doctor if swelling is persistent or causes discomfort. In extreme cases, fluid build-up could be an indicator of kidney or liver problems or an incipient blood clot. It can be very serious if the swelling is around organs such as the lungs (pulmonary oedema), eyes (macular oedema) or brain (cerebral oedema) and you should always see a doctor immediately if you notice swelling in these areas.
Dealing with mild oedema
It is very normal to see some swelling in your feet and ankles, particularly if you have a sedentary job, have been standing for long periods of time or if you spend quite a lot of time sitting at home.
Women can be particularly prone to fluid retention and puffiness just before their periods, and it can also be one of the symptoms of the menopause. Certain types of medication and contraceptive pill can also cause mild oedema, but if the swelling becomes persistent or uncomfortable, or if you notice any discolouration or deterioration of the skin, you should always consult a doctor for further checks to rule out other problems.
Once you are sure that there is no underlying issue, one of the simplest ways to get rid of fluid retention is with some regular, gentle walking, swimming or cycling. By moving your legs, you will help to get your blood pumping more effectively which will help stop fluid ‘pooling’ around the feet and ankles and reduce swelling.
It is also a good idea to drink plenty of water. It seems counter-intuitive to add fluid when you already feel as if you have too much, but in fact, drinking plenty of water or clear fluids helps the body to regulate its ‘fluid shift’ – the process whereby fluid moves from one type of space to another.
For the longer term, losing weight will contribute to improving water retention and it is a good idea to switch to a lower-salt diet if you are finding water retention a persistent problem.
HRI Water Balance is a natural answer to mild fluid retention and can be used to relieve symptoms, based on traditional use only. It contains the active ingredients Dandelion leaf and root, extracts of Uva-ursi leaf and Buchu leaf. It can be particularly useful around the time of menstruation or after long periods of immobility such as on long flights.