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Swollen legs: all natural and functional remedies

Swollen legs are unsightly but also painful and are often linked to lifestyle and eating habits. This is why it is important to intervene by changing our habits and adopting natural remedies or aids over time and from a young age.

Swollen legs are a problem common to many people. The bad habits due to a hectic or working lifestyle force us to spend long days on our feet or, on the contrary, to remain seated for long periods of time. The feeling of heaviness, pain and swelling in the legs is very annoying and affects it life quality. This is why it is important to intervene immediately without waiting for the passing of the years to make it more difficult complex this annoying problem.
The causes of the ailment can be different but there are many natural remedies that can help relieve the discomfort and improve blood circulation in the legs.

Swollen legs: the causes of edema

The medical term for leg swelling is edema. This can be caused by several conditions, including heart problems circulation, water retention, injuries or in more serious cases, health problems such as heart failure or kidney disease. Swollen legs are common during pregnancy. In fact, hormonal fluctuations, increased blood volume and uterine pressure caused by pregnancy can significantly contribute to swelling.
The most common causes, however, are related to the position (standing or sitting for too long), toexcess weight, excessive salt intake, use of certain medications, physical inactivity and excessively hot weather conditions.

Exercise but regularly

Regular exercise can improve there blood circulation and help prevent leg swelling. Activities such as walking, swimming, yoga, or simple stretching exercises can be helpful in stimulating circulation and reducing swelling.
There is no need to become athletes or "super sportsmen" especially if sport is not our thing. Enough regular daily exercise. Raising your legs is a simple but effective remedy, lying on a bed or sofa so that they are higher than your heart to help drain excess fluid from your legs.
The lymphatic drainage massage, on the other hand, can help improve lymphatic flow and provide relief. For example, you can use natural oils like thecoconut oil to gently massage the legs, following circular movements moving from the ankles upwards.

The wraps

L'alternating cold and hot compresses helps blood circulation. You immerse your legs in cold water for a few minutes and immediately afterwards in hot water. This technique helps fight inflammation as well as promote blood flow.

Balanced nutrition

A healthy and balanced diet plays a fundamental role in preventing swollen legs. It is necessary, however, reduce the consumption of foods rich in salt, refined sugars and saturated fats, which can contribute to water retention and inflammation. But also make use of fruit and vegetables, rich in antioxidants, whole grains and foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and spinach, which promote diuresis and help reduce swelling. Others very effective foods they are cucumbers, celery, asparagus, parsley, pineapple and blueberries.

Water retention: all natural remedies

There are many natural ways to counteract water retention and improve the feeling of lightness.
Drinking stimulates diuresis and helps eliminate the accumulation of fluids in the body. The ideal is to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day increasing when it is hot or even during physical activity.
A pleasant way for those who forget to drink water during the day is to integrate with herbal teas instant or taken cold, choosing the flavor you prefer.
Naturally, the very important intake of water must correspond to a sodium reduction and foods rich in salt. A little healthy trick is to use spices or herbs to flavor meals instead of salt.

Swollen legs and functional cosmetics

Functional cosmetics is a term that refers to products that go beyond mere aesthetics and offer additional benefits for the health and well-being of the body. There are specific products for the legs that contain refreshing ingredients such as menthol or eucalyptus. These ingredients can help give a feeling of freshness and relief to swollen legs. Some plant extracts such as arnica, red vine or gotu kola they can have soothing and anti-inflammatory effects. Caffeine can have stimulating effects on circulation and help reduce swelling. Some specific leg products may have draining properties, which help reduce fluid stagnation. These products often contain ingredients such as horse chestnut.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants while gotu kola is a plant with anti-inflammatory properties and vasoprotective.
Propolis contains numerous active compounds, including flavonoids and phenols, which give it anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. The horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a herbal remedy widely used for the treatment of leg swelling, varicose veins and other circulatory disorders. Contains active principles called triterpene saponins, in particular escin, which has positive effects on the circulation and tone of the veins.

The herbal teas and the functional cosmetics they are two valid aids for leg swelling problems.

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