Edema diet

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•  Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps to block the salt-retaining effect of estrogen that causes premenstrual swelling (see also Premenstrual Syndrome). Recommendation: Take 25 mg of vitamin B6 daily. If this remedy works for you, you should respond with reduced swelling and shedding of fluid within 1 week. If your response is not adequate, you can increase the dose to 50 mg, but 1 would not recommend your going beyond that level, because if it has not worked at 50 mg, it's not likely to work for you. There is also a risk to nerve tissues of oversupplementing vitamin B6; we refer you to the listing for this vitamin for more information.

•  Edema dietVitamin E is especially helpful to block the increased swelling that occurs because of histamine release in allergies. 1 discuss this topic in greater detail in the Allergies listing, and we recommend you read that section if your swelling occurs for allergic reasons. Recommendation: Take a dose of 400 to 600 IU of vitamin E as alphatocopherol succinate for 5 to 7 days when you have retained fluid because of an allergic attack. Warning: Vitamin E can cause elevated blood pressure in some people. You should establish that you do not respond in this manner by first taking a dose of 100 IU then 200 IU. then 400 IU, and checking your blood pressure between each increase over a period of at least a week. An average of 4 to 5 blood pressure readings should not exceed 140/90. See the Vitamin E listing for more information.

• Edema diet: The combination of vitamin C plus bioflavonoids reduces the capillary fragility or weakness that permits fluid in the bloodstream to leak out of the tiny blood vessels and into the tissues, causing swelling of especially your hands, feel, ankles, and lower legs. Recommendation: You can purchase a combined product containing the bioflavonoid complex with vitamin C. We would recommend you take this kind of product sufficient to provide you with 2 to 4 grams of vitamin C per day. If you currently supplement vitamin C alone, you may add bioflavonoid complex in a 500 to 1000 mg tablet to your daily regimen.

• Edema diet: Proper dietary composition—sufficient in protein but not excessive in starchy carbohydrates—helps to reduce fluid retention by controlling your production of the hormone insulin. Insulin acts on your kidneys to encourage them to hold on to salt (sodium), and wherever sodium goes, so goes fluid. Refer to the discussion of Macronutrients in Section 1, page 23, for details on how to construct a diet that will help control insulin production. Recommendation: If you are retaining fluid now, drop your intake of total carbohydrate (starches and simple sugars, including fruit sugar) to fewer than 20 grams per day for several days. Remember to keep your intake of lean meat, fish, poultry, or egg white high enough to support your lean tissues and to drink at least 64 ounces of fluid per day. You should see a dramatic flushing out of excess body fluid and resolution of the swelling in this short period if elevated insulin levels cause your problem. After the washout, you may return to the 40% nonstarchy carbohydrate, 30% lean protein, 30% essential fat composition described earlier.

• Edema diet: Salt avoidance, in the absence of basic dietary modifications as described above, really has very little impact on fluid retention, although excessive use of salt may worsen the problem (see page 313). Recommendation: Unless you also control the body chemicals that make your kidneys hold on to sodium, you will see very little progress in shedding extra body fluid from salt restriction alone.

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