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WATER RETENTION - EDEMA - successful natural cure & prevention



Whatever is the cause of someone`s edema, it is possible to get healed completely. It is question of personal faith in own healing system. Nature is offering abundance of herbs, plants and minerals which are pure nourishment for the body and can help it to attain balance.

Our bodies do not need to get old or become ill if we do not want to.

Healing starts with our intention, our desire, our effort and trust in ourselves.

Very typical is water retention connected with menopause. Menopause is very difficult period of life for many women. They are exhausted from intensity of life, lead stressful and unhealthy life with thousands of duties and obligations for members of family, without time to think about themselves. When "reproductive period of lifeˇ" stops, it can be big shock for sensitive female soul, she can connect losing the menstruation with losing the youth and purpose in her consciousness. If she is afraid of complications of losing reproductive hormones, she will have many problems with health. Water retention is just one of them, very often connected with inner attitude "I am becoming old, and not interesting for opposite sex any more", so body starts to loose the shape, what is not necessary the biological program: our biological program is exactly what we believe it should be!!!

From psychological point of view, water is connected with emotions: when somebody is full of fluid, it might be that this person is full of mixture of feelings which cannot express openly...feels stuck in the certain way of living and cannot express her/his full potential. Flow of energy through the body is stuck as well, especially through the joints. Blood is connected with life-force, blood vessels are areas of life through which we express our creativity. If blood vessels are damaged, we do not feel comfortable in our life, we do not feel joy in our duties, without joy life can become slow self-destruction.

If energy do not flow through the body and emotions are not properly expressed, our vital force tends to become auto destructive: point is that energy needs to move, movement and change is main predisposition of healthy and marry life.

A lot of damage can be solved with pure exercising: with exercise, energy is sets in motion, what is its natural and healthy state. When we move we gain energy, not the opposite. When we express feelings freely, energy is circulating and feeding us.

Permanent healing of oedema can gradualy occur with attaining good mood and learning how to love life and oneself with all hearth and soul. And with help of natural remedies which balance and regenerate our bodies...

My hub. How to achieve good vitality & stay young, healthy...



Cause of water retention (edema)

Water retention happens because of:

  • The pressure inside the capillaries
  • The leakiness of the capillary walls.

These cause fluid to leak into the surrounding tissues, where it can accumulate in the tissue spaces around and between the body's cells. This fluid just makes people look fat. Fluid seeps from the capillaries and collects in the spaces between the cells.


Eating Too Much Salt

Sodium intake is closely related to water retention and edema. Over consumption of salt is one of the commonest reasons why people retain fluid. The best is not to eat so much hot dogs, popcorn, olives, salted nuts, pickles or pepperoni, pizza--and add less salt when cooking.

Eating Too Much Sugar

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Eating too much sugar raises levels of the hormone insulin. High insulin levels make it hard for you to excrete sodium, so people who indulge a sweet tooth can also be prone to water retention.

Medication Side Effects

  • high blood pressure medications
  • corticosteroids
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • laxative
  • diuretics
  • tyroxine
  • hormonal therapy for menopause
  • the birth pill or any oral contraceptives which include estrogen.

Hot Weather

During periods of high temperatures, the body is less efficient at removing fluid from its tissues.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) Edema

Women have an increased risk of water retention, due to the rise and fall of hormone levels. For example, the reduction in progesterone, in the week before menstruation, can cause fluid retention.

Edema During Pregnancy Hormones released in pregnancy encourage the body to hold onto excess fluid. Pregnant women typically retain a significant amount of sodium and water. Some of this excess fluid is needed by the fetus and placenta. Swelling in the face, hands, lower leg and feet is typically seen in pregnancy.

Menopause Hormone fluctuations and estrogen replacement therapy are two common causes of water retention ans oedema.

Nutritional Deficiencies :protein deficiency and an abnormally high need for one or more vitamins or minerals.

Medical Conditions

Chronic Venous Insufficiency : weak valves in the veins of the legs fail to return blood to the heart as efficiently as normal. Here, the swelling is usually limited to the lower extremities (feet/ankles).

Kidney Disease Kidney disease can cause swelling in the legs and around the eyes. It is the result of an increase in pressure in the blood vessels, caused by the kidneys failing to excrete a sufficient amount of sodium and fluid. The fluid left behind raises pressure on the blood vessel walls, which induces fluid to move from inside the blood vessel to outside, leading to edema.

Gout - A condition of the joints, especially in the big toe, causing red, swollen, warm, and very painful joints. Connected with kidneys and acidity.

Heart Failure Heart failure can affect the right hand chambers, whose function is to receive blood from the body and pump it to the lungs to be filled with oxygen, or the left heart chambers, which pump oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. If these chambers are unable to pump effectively, the body compensates by retaining fluid and increasing the volume of blood. This causes congestion of the veins, enlargement of the liver, and the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity (ascites) and in subcutaneous tissues, causing swelling in the legs. Typically, right heart failure, leads to swelling in the legs and abdomen, while left heart failure causes edema in the lungs, or pulmonary edema, leading to shortness of breath.

Liver Disease - Cirrhosis Damage to the liver over a long period. It has no symptoms in its early stages, but can eventually result in loss of weight and appetite, nausea, swollen legs, ankles, and abdomen; itching; yellow skin etc.

Malignant Lymphoedema This includes cancerous tumours that block structures of the lymphatic system, such as the lymph nodes.

Thyroid Disease An example is hypothyroidism, usually treated with thyroxine.

Arthritis Arthritic joints may swell with fluid, causing localized edema.



For mild fluid retention, this is what can be suggestet:.

Get into deep water. As any skin diver knows, water pressure forces fluid out of tissues and, ultimately, into the bladder. You can get similar results by exercising in a swimming pool, or your bath.

Avoid using diuretics.

Avoid using any a medications which could be cause of fluid retention and replace them with natural products:

  • high blood pressure medications
  • corticosteroids
  • nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • laxative
  • diuretics
  • tyroxine
  • hormonal therapy for menopause
  • the birth pill or any oral contraceptives which include estrogen.

Do not eat too much salt !!! Avoid foods such as bouillon, potato chips, tomato juice, bacon, ham, canned soups, soy sauce, and table salt, for example. Pizza, popcorns and hot dogs as well.Try to eat a balanced diet, a lot of vegetables and fruits.


Move: Walk and exercise!  People who spend a lot of time immobile (f.E. in the front of PC. or watching TV), often develope  water retention because  lymphatic system cannot drain fluid out of your tissue spaces without exercise and regular movements of body. Excercizing can relieve the body of excess fluid and salt through sweating, increased respiration and, ultimately, increased urine flow,

Elevate your feet as often as possible, while sitting or lying down,to allow the fluid to more easily make its way back from your legs into the circulatory system and then to your kidneys, where it can be excreted.Do not stand for long periods of time. Avoid tight clothing (shoes, girdles, etc). Do not cross your legs.

Drink plenty of water. Water moves through your kidneys and bladder, diluting the urine. And since urine has some fluid-retaining salt in it, the more it's diluted, the easier it is to remove salt and prevent or decrease edema

Drink an herbal tea. Parsley is the best known of these. Try two teaspoons of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep for ten minutes. Drink up to three cups a day.





Replace diuretics with mild natural diuretics which are bllod clenser as well:

  • Jaborandi
  • Lily-of-the-valley
  • Quen of the meadow
  • Holy thistle
  • Rose hips
  • Dandelion
  • Burdock root

Burdock root



Burdock Root contains polyacetylenes that gives the herb its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is used as a mild laxative that aids in the elimination of uric acid or gout. It is classified as an alterative, diuretic and diaphoretic. It helps the kidneys to filter out impurities from the blood very quickly. It clears congestion in respiratory, lymphatic, urinary and circulatory systems. Burdock releases water retention, stimulates digestion, aids kidney, liver and gallbladder function. It also functions as an aperient, depurative, and antiscorbutic. Burdock is one of the best blood cleanser.Decoctions of Burdock have also been historically used for soothing the kidneys, relieving the lymphatic system, rheumatism, gout, GI tract disorders, stomach ailments, constipation, catarrh, fever, infection, fluid retention and skin problems.

Banana tree

Banana tree

Potassium rich food

Bananas are good natural water retention treatments too. They contain high amounts of potassium, which helps eliminate fluid retention.




Eat the food which is rich in Potassium:

Soya flour, Bananas, Apricots, Tomatoes and tomato products,Sultanas, Raisins, Potatoes, Figs, Currants, Avocados, Beets, Brussel sprouts, Cantaloupe, Dates (dry dates), Kiwi fruit, Lima beans, Melons, Nectarines, Pears, Oranges, Peanuts (unsalted!), Prunes, Spinach, Winter squash.


This food lowers the high blood pressure as well.









Natrium Sulphuricum - mighty Homeopathic which regulates fluid retention

Sulphate of soda-Glauber's salt, in nature is found abundantly in sea water, saline springs and in some lakes.

This inorganic salt is found in the intercellular fluids,and is regulating the water in the tissues,blood and fluids of the body. A deficiency of this salt,prevents,the elimination of such water from the tissues as is produced by oxidation of organic matter.Natrium Sulphuricum attracts the water and eliminates it from the system. .

In intermittent fever and malaria it is one of the very best homeopathic remedies, as well it is used to heal diabetes.

Natrium Sulphuricum -glauberite

Natrium Sulphuricum -glauberite

Natrium Sulphuricum - glauberite

Natrium Sulphuricum - glauberite

Regeneration of blood vessels with herbs

The most important is to regenerate blood vessels, to prevent that oedema (water retention) becomes chronicle disease. There are few very mighty herbs, which very succesfuly heal the veins, (chronic venous insufficiency) artheries, capillaries, which clean the blood and lymphatic system and help the body to heal itself:

Butcher`s broom good even for limphedema!

Butcher`s broom

Butcher`s broom

BUTCHER'S BROOM (Ruscusa culeatus) Builds up structure of the veins; for hemorrhoids and varicose veins; improves circulation. Specific for both circulation and urinary tract. Increases circulation to help prevent postoperative thrombosis, phlebitis, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. Strengthens the blood vessels and helps to keep the veins clean and healthy. Helps to prevent blood-clotting via its diuretic effect and it is great for healing WATER RETENTION. 

A double-blind trial found that a formula containing butcher’s broom extract, the flavonoid hesperidin, and vitamin C, which is used in Europe to treat venous and lymphatic system disorders, was superior to placebo for reducing lymphedema. The amount of butcher’s broom extract typically used is 150 mg two or three times per day.

Horse chestnut

Horse chestnut

Horse chestnut seed extract can be taken orally or used as an external application for disorders of venous circulation, including varicose veins. Preliminary studies have shown that 300 mg three times per day of an extract of horse chestnut seed reduced the formation of enzymes thought to cause varicose veins. Topical gel or creams containing 2% aescin can be applied topically three or four time per day to the affected limb(s).

Gotu kola

Gotu kola

 Gotu Kola strengthens the connective tissue sheath that surronds a vein and is particularly effective in reducing foot swelling, ankle oedema and fluid leakage from the veins .



You can buy Garlic oil tbl through the here:

Queen of the meadow

Queen of the meadow

Just few more tips and personal experience with water retention

My experience: since I am vegeterian and since I practise Reiki & meditations, and use homeopatics/radionics remedies, there is no water retention any more. I do not have my periods for last 2 years, and I have no problems with menopause at all. I feel much better & look younger and have more energy.

Reiki / bioenergy / long meditations with visualisation of light/gems- heal aura: all our organs and body systems need healing in our aura fields as well (our aura has matrices of our organs, which state is directly influenced with our mind & emotions).

Olive oil



The beneficial health effects of olive oil are due to both its high content of monounsaturated fatty acid and its high content of antioxidative substances.

  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Inhibit the growth of cancers
  • Benefit people at risk for or with diabetes: it is blood sugar controller, with that it helps other hormonal glands as well
  • Lessen the severity of asthma and arthritis
  • help your body maintain a lower weight
  • it protects blood vessels and regenerate them etc.


Ginko Biloba

Ginko Biloba

Ginko Biloba

 Ginko is the oldest and most powerful tree. It improves blood circulation and is helpful in the clearing body from chemicals and radioactivity. 

You can buy Ginko through the here:

My services and pricing

I provide the following services, while on-line:

  1. E-mail healing consultations
  2. Long-distance healing (Bio-energy, Reiki, radionics)
  3. Recommendation and of remedies as: Native Remedies, homeopatics, herbal Bach flower´s remedies, Cristal essences. 
  4. Prepare individual homeopathic/remedies which completely match the need of my clients and are highly efficient: I can combine much more remedies and healing vibrations then any of the companies which produce them for massive use.


1. E-mail healing consultations are great for the people who are a lot on-line, or because of various reasons have no opportunity or wish to go directly on appointment with healer.

They include:

  • communications through the e-mail or directly through the chat service
  • recommendation of must appropriate remedies (homeopathic or/and herbal)recommendation of most appropriate diet
  • radiestesy analysis with pendulum
  • The price of consultation is 50 US$.

2. If someone is interested in long-distance healing (reiki, bio-energy, radionics), WHICH IS ALSO HIGLY EFFICIENT, you can contact me through my e-mail

  • Price for 30-40 minutes healing treatment is usually 30 US$ - or 40$ per hour. Number of treatments needed vary from person to person.

4. Price of my homeopathics/radionics remedies is circa 30 US $ per remedy.


I wish you all the best health possible,

Tatiana-Michaela Pribic

Usui and Karuna Reiki teacher and alternative healer

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Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on March 24, 2012:

My husband has dealt with edema off and on for years. He is a heart patient who a few months has had a battle of Cellulitis being treated by doctors only to have it reoccur. This infection also causes edema in his legs. Thanks for the tips.

Mary Sullivan on February 03, 2012:

Thanks you so much for this very wonderful article. I feel so good and positive after having read it. It was so very generous of you to share this with the world.

Thank you,


anonymous herbalist on December 21, 2011:

oops that is not a picture of gotu kola, that is pennywort aka dollar weed!!

cowtowngirl77 on August 09, 2011:

Thank you for a good hub. I am always looking for natural cures. Hate medications.

Jimmy on June 07, 2011:

Hi. My mother is having edema. Her left ankle is swelling, at the left side of the ankle is swelling.She started to drink more water and soak her leg in warm water with sea salt and her ankle is swelling. Is there any home remedies that she apply on? Do You have any recommendation of ointment to let her to apply so the swelling can reduce?

Thank you very much

HealthyHanna from Utah on April 08, 2011:

I have a friend, only 14 yr old, who has edema extremely bad. Of course, the doctors can find nothing wrong. (That in of itself is a cause of worry to me.) I will pass along this hub. Maybe it will help her find answers.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on February 01, 2011:

Thank you very much EiB.

Eczema in Babies on February 01, 2011:

Your hub is one of the very reasons I think hubpages is great. Ive been googling all day looking for info on EDEMA and then i found this! Massive thumbs up and a big thank you for taking the time to put all this up here!

mecheshier on January 20, 2011:

Tatjana-Mihaela, very nice and informative artice. Thank you!

The Bead Shop on November 18, 2010:

Wow! Very insightful!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on October 14, 2010:

Thank you PWF.

Phoenix Water Filters on October 14, 2010:

This is an interesting philosophy on why we retain water. Great post and thanks for sharing!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on October 13, 2010:

Everyone has his/her own cause of edema, so it is very difficult to generalize - what is good for one person, it is not necessarily good for somebody else. Hormonal edema very much differ from edema that is caused by bad eating habits only, etc.

Thank you for visit and comment, BB.

burning bush on October 13, 2010:

Great information. As one who is fighting edema, you have given me some new ideas and methods. I do believe however, that eating melons is probably a good idea only in moderation and limited frequency as they usually contain a great deal of sugar and fluid. Thanks for writing this super hub. Please follow with more.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on September 30, 2010:

Well, Jeffrey, this is not my Gotu Kola. Links brings to where you can choose various products from various parts of the world.

Jeffrey on September 30, 2010:

I would like to know if that Guto Kola of yours is the same Guto Kola that's being planted in India or other parts of Asia. It's confusing though that I have seen other products like Guto Kola but it does not have the same picture description.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on September 24, 2010:

Thank you so much wrc for your kind comment.

water retention causes on September 23, 2010:

Nicely finished Tatjana-Mihaela! you will have completed this kind of a good operate. It will ?ndicate a useful topic and deep ?nformation and facts. You have completed this kind of a true work! Your contents will really support people today.

water retention causes on September 23, 2010:

God bless you..

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on August 12, 2010:

Hi Debbie, I give recommendations only after consultations for what I charge, as it is mentioned above. It would be irresponsible for me to work on different way - the remedy what is good for one person, might be not good for somebody else.

Thank you for the visit and comment.

Miss Debbie on August 09, 2010:

Hi,Im a very sick woman my doctor has told me that I have C.O.P.D and heart failure. The medication he put me on is now gone and way to much money for me to get anymore. I have water around my heart and lungs, is there anything natural that i can take to help me?

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 09, 2010:

Thank you for the visit and comment MM.

Mark Moller on July 06, 2010:

This is an interesting philosophy on why we retain water. Thank you!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on April 23, 2010:

Thank you very much, Debby.

Debby Bruck on March 05, 2010:

I hope everyone bookmarks this page. Your hubs are phenomenal! love, Debby

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on November 05, 2009:

Thank you very much, Camas.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on November 05, 2009:

Thank you Tim-Tim.

Camas Articuladas on November 05, 2009:

Very useful hub! Thanks for the info.

Priscilla Chan from Normal, Illinois on November 05, 2009:

Thank you for the great hub! I learned so much from reading it.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on October 30, 2009:

Thank you very much FGOW.

Free God Of War on October 30, 2009:

Great Hub! The information is very valuable!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on October 29, 2009:

You are very welcome, Angela.

angela alindogan on October 29, 2009:

thanks for the wonderful article. i wish i had known about burdock root sooner.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on September 12, 2009:

Thank you very much SJ for kind words, comment and support.

Sexy jonty from India on September 11, 2009:

Very well written hub .....

very much informative ......

Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on September 03, 2009:

He, he Sue, this is only part of the story, there is even more...

Many thanks for the visit and comment.

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on September 03, 2009:

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on September 03, 2009:

Wow! I had no idea so much could be said about water retention. I'll certainly give some of these a try.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on August 26, 2009:

Thank you Kim, I am glad I could have helped you....

Kim Garcia on August 25, 2009:

Thank you for this information, just what I needed to read tonight!!! I have gained so much knowledge from just this one Hub, and I feel very blessed.

Aqua-Rite sounds like it might be the perfect remedy. I'm going to post this Hub to my facebook. You truly did your research, outstanding work!! Peace n' Blessings ~ K

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on August 25, 2009:

Thank you very much LDSM. To be one sided would be too boring fo me, he, he.

LDSMedia from Cincinnati, OH on August 25, 2009:

It's amazing how you cover all of the physical aspects plus talk about emotional and spiritual issues. I am glad to see you are not one sided.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on August 21, 2009:

You are welcome, Kuljet.

kuljeet on August 21, 2009:

I was very helpful ,thanks alot

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on August 14, 2009:

Thanks, HHC. I appreciate your comment very much.

homeopathic hemorrhoid cure on August 13, 2009:

Well done Tatjana-Mihaela! you have done such a nice work. It will show a helpful subject and deep information. You have completed such a true job! Your contents will truly help people.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on July 10, 2009:

Thank you Dan.

dan on July 10, 2009:

hi Tatjana-Mihaela

Thanks a lot for the information you've shared from this site it helps me to find a solution for my father's condition.


Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on June 23, 2009:

Thanks for your comment and visit, I am glad I could help you, Izettl.

L Izett from The Great Northwest on June 19, 2009:

Thanks a lot for all this info. I didn't even think about the hormones that are put in meat and dairy. Listening to your body is great advice and I really liked what you said about men having different cravings and women should not be eating like them. I think I have fallen into that pattern lately so thanks for the wake-up call.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on June 19, 2009:

Yes, Izzetll you are right. Meat and diary products are full of hormones for fast growth of the cattle and that is the reason they cause water retention - they cause actually hormonal disbalance in the body.

Of course, as a ex-vegeterian you still have needs of vegeterian, actually you are still vegeterian who decided to eat meat... what is not good for you.

Actually meat is destroying your health : my advice is to eat it - only when you really feel like it!! If you do not want it at all - even better, just replace it whit phyto-proteins, and everything will be OK: Listen your body, your body will show you the way.

The meat people eat nowadays is not healthy for anybody, even people used to meat start to have all sorts of health problem - usually after 40ties- because of so many years of overloading system with - hormones and additives which are today in meat.

So many diseases can be healed and prevented- tumors, cysts, endometriosis, PCOS - just with avoiding meat and diary products...

L Izett from The Great Northwest on June 19, 2009:

Doing a bit of my own experimenting on foods that effect me (especially retaining water) in addition to meat, I've also noticed that certain dairy products make me retain water. Just curious if that is a food in general that does that?

My husband and I had a conversation about how I grew up on really healthy food only, that is why I don't tolerate 'bad'/unhealthy  food and have a 'sensitive' stomach. Could this be true? Like you said above, being a former vegetarian may make it harder for me to eat so much meat-  I was also dairy free during that time so maybe that is why I have periodic issues with dairy.  

I have heard of people eating so much of one type of food, their system becomes sensitive to it or it gets harder to process, but what about people who don't eat much of it, then begin eating it regularly (like in my case)?

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on June 18, 2009:

Well, men usually have much bigger cravings for meat then women, and if we eat the same food as them, we start to have haealth problems,,,,especially ex-vegeterians....

Many regards and thanks for comment, Izettl.

L Izett from The Great Northwest on June 18, 2009:

Great guess for me with meat. Since I've been a stay-at-home mom I cook meals for our family and my husband loves meat, but I never ate much before (was also a vegetarian for a chunk of my life)- now I eat meat almost nightly and that's when I have the most problems is at night. I will give your excellent suggestion a try.

Thanks so much!!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on June 18, 2009:

Thanks Cindy...your problem are hormones....

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on June 16, 2009:

Hi, Izettl,

great idea. Meat is one of the triggers for edema, because of hormones in it. So, please, be very moderate.

Many regards, thanks fro the comment and visit, wishing you the best health.

Cindy Vine from Cape Town on June 16, 2009:

Thanks so much for this, will be trying some of your remedies.

L Izett from The Great Northwest on June 16, 2009:

Great hub~ I've suffered from this (mostly hand joints) and at night. I never had a problem before I had my baby but now it's been a problem off and on. At the end of my pregnancy I suffered from edema. My diet is decent, not great, but I don't eat a lot of fast food. I eat less veggies since I was pregnant because when I was pregnant veggies made me so sick. I eat a lot more fruit.

This is such a comprehensive hub and I will try the tea remedy first.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 16, 2009:

OK, Cindy, I already know a bit from your Hubs, that is the reason I suggested you that...

Cindy Vine from Cape Town on May 16, 2009:

ok Tatjana, will do - I have an extensive medical history to go with it, so will email you

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 16, 2009:

Hi, cindyvine,

there are many possible triggers for water retention, if someone lives in warm climate as you do, the problem is even worse. Hormones also influence the problem. If you want that I help you in choosing the remedies from my site, please, contact me through my e-mail.

Many regards.

Cindy Vine from Cape Town on May 16, 2009:

Tatjana, this is exactly what I've been suffering from, doctors have done all kinds of tests and don't have a clue what is causing it. So, I'll try some of your natural remedies!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 16, 2009:

Hi, internetetc,

thanks for your comment, I very much agree with you. There are many factors which can be triggers for water retention. I will be glad to visit your blog.

I will look at your site.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on May 16, 2009:

Hi Candace, from the recently, I have so called "drop-ship" contract with company which is producing the remedies, which means that sale goes directly through me, and they shipp the remedies. Please, contact me through my e-mail: I know that warmer climate badly affects the water retention, I will also give you in addition some very good tips ...

Thanks for your comment, I will be glad to help you.

Candace on May 15, 2009:

I was looking for the Aquarite and I don't see it on your site? I have been trying to lose weight and struggle with water retention in my lower calves, ankles and feet and was hoping this would help. I have eliminated sugars and white carbs but the more water I drink, the worse it seems to get. I do now live in Arizona and it is hotter here which does contribute to the retention. I'd like to try Aquarite and see if it helps.

Thank you!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on April 04, 2009:

Hi, Norman... it seems your kidneys do not work well, maybe they are a little bit "lazy" so water stays in the body. There is also another possibilitiy: your veins. Or combination of both. . I would recommend you remedy Aquarite. Your will be surprised. It heals "lazy" kiddneys, cleans the liver and cleans & regenerate the veins and artheries. Your problem will disappear after few days of regular taking the remedy.

You can order it to It is remedy No.4. In case you need something more, or you have other health-problems, please contact me through my e-mail,

It is very great you changed your diet.

Kindest regards.

Norman on April 03, 2009:

I had huge swelling problems in my feet ankles & legs. which I now control with pressure socks. but always look for ways to lay aside those socks , I'm a man. I hate the looks. even though skin colored. I walk a lot. I'm vegetarian & fish kind of diet.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on March 18, 2009:

Thanks OT. You are very welcome here.

Organic Tea on March 17, 2009:

Great article! I

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on January 26, 2009:

Hi Denny, I am vegetarian, for last 10 years, but when I was living in London 13 years ago I had big problems with water retention because of eating the meat: it was full of artificial hormones and only-God-knows about all additives which are put in the  food of this poor animals for faster growing...??? (in my country this was not the case at that time).

Home-made food is the best. The best is to avoid meat, as much as one can stand.

Compliments for changing your diet - it is not easy, well done.

Thanks for sharing my Hub with others.

A lots of regards; you are very kind!

Denny Lyon from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA on January 26, 2009:

As usual you just blow me away with your wonderful writing! And, of course, you know me, I just have to share your work with others and that means it goes to my healing blog and then up onto StumbleUpon too!

You really hit the nail on the head for the vast problems in the American culture: too much of everything and not much in moderation. We have a high meat, high salt and high sugar diet with little exercise to offset it.

Everyone gets in their cars to go somewhere because it is often 20 miles or more to get to the destination and no transit system to get on and do some walking in between like in Europe. In short, we end up sitting far too much and experience water retention.

I got off most meat other than the occasional turkey some time ago and what swelling I had disappeared so I associated the issue with meat. Also, noticed just like you said, that sugar causes swelling too so began changing recipes to lower the sugar and only eat sugary things every now and then. In America people eat sugar like several times a day every day! Is it any wonder why we are a "swelling" society?!

It was so wonderful to get the validation AND the science behind a lot of my own personal observations that I found to be true for me; now I know they are true for everyone. Thanks for that!

Time to go share! :) You are such a delight, thank you!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on January 25, 2009:

Thanks, Theresa, glad I could be helpful. Many thanks for your kind comment.

TheresaAnn from South Fallsburg, New York on January 25, 2009:

Fantastic Hub!!! I've read it 4 times and I've taken notes. This is information that the majority of people should be aware. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on December 26, 2008:

Thank you very much, funride. It was my pleasure to write this article.

Wish you all the best for holidays, and a lot of success in your professional and private area of life.

Ricardo Nunes from Portugal on December 25, 2008:

Congratulations Tatjana, you´ve made a wonderful job. As a nutritionist I get lots of people complaining about their legs (mainly due to water retention) and this hub was very informative and helpful to me. It is already bookmarked, thanks!

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on December 25, 2008:

Dear Kat, I will be so happy if this article will be helpful for you. Well balanced diet is of the biggest importance for pregnant women. How many months you are pregnant already?

I wish you to pass this period easy, smoothly and send a lot of love to your baby.

Take a very good care about yourself, wish you all the best...

Kat07 from Tampa on December 25, 2008:

Great tips! As a pregnant woman, I'm finding the edema increasingly difficult to deal with. The best treatment so far is the compression stockings that I wear daily.

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on December 24, 2008:

Dear cdursina , thank you very much for your respond and for your kind comment.

Dear Lgali, thank you for stoping by.

I wish to both of you you Merry Xmas, and all the best in 2009, love, joy, money, health & success to you and your dearest ones.

Lgali on December 24, 2008:

very very informative hub..

Wish you all Happy Holidays

Carolina Dursina from Spring Green WI on December 24, 2008:

Thank you Tatjana-Mihaela,

This is a great hub and indeed, people should look at natural remedies more and more; I also love your pictures! 5*

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on December 15, 2008:

Thanks Daisy, your coments mean a lot to me. Blessings to you as well.

Dear Countrywoman, and I knew that your family is vegeterian: I am as well.

countrywomen from Washington, USA on December 15, 2008:

Tatjana- Anyway in our families we don't eat meat hence that wasn't included. Having lots of fruits and vegetables is certainly good for a long healthy life.

dayzeebee from Cebu, Philippines on December 15, 2008:

Hello Tatjana-Mihaela this is a great informative hub. Thumbs up. I will bookmark this page for easy reference. Thank you for generously sharing with us your knowledge. It is of great help to many of us. Be blessed always:)

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on December 15, 2008:

Dear Countrywoman, I cannot agree more with your father. With small addiction :the fifth one to be reduced is meat... Thanks for your comment. Love & Light

countrywomen from Washington, USA on December 15, 2008:

My father believes a lot in Ayurveda and Naturopathy. The foods that he tells one to start reducing once a person touches 30 are the 4 white things (Salt, Sugar, Milk products and rice).

Tatjana-Mihaela (author) from Zadar, CROATIA on December 15, 2008:

Dear Debby, more then happy you find it helpful. Just added few tips below...Thank YOU! A lots of Love, Light and happiness...and the best health you can imagine.

Debby Bruck on December 15, 2008:

Dear Tatjana-Mihaela ~ You wrote all this for me? Incredibly thorough with phenomenal photographs? WOW! Thank you so much.... Love, Debby

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