Swollen ankles can also be the result of excessive use of laxatives and diuretics, pregnancy and PMS, consumption of salty foods and carbohydrates, but also allergies. Whatever the case may be, there are a few remedies you can try to reduce the swelling, but all these are only temporary until you see your doctor and determine the real cause of the swelling.
Drink as much water as possibleDrinking water—at least 8 glasses a day—has been a recommendation of doctors whenever there are health issues at hand. As our bodies are 70% water, the need for this liquid can be seen in its absence. Our bodies, especially the kidneys, are struggling during periods of dehydration, and water retention often occurs as a consequence of low water consumption.
Always carry a bottle of water with you and start your day by drinking two glasses of water in small sips.
This will help hydrate your body, and it's also great for detoxification - you'll flush excess salt out of your body. You can also squeeze half a lemon into the water, which will further accelerate detoxification.
Reduce any sort of pressureSwollen legs can be caused by excessive standing and dilated veins, and these conditions only worsen when you wear tight socks and put additional pressure on them. The perfect solution to avoid worsening the issue is to wear compression stockings, as they allow the blood to circulate without any restrictions of any sort. These stockings are worn by athletes as they allow for faster recovery of their tired legs and feet. As opposed to regular socks with a rubber band around the ankle, which tightens the grip and leaves marks on your skin while obstructing blood flow, these stockings reduce the compression.
Regulate your dietThe first thing that can have a significant impact on leg swelling is your diet. In addition to the fact that inadequate nutrition and an excessive intake of calories can lead to obesity and that body weight puts a strain on the legs, it also happens that the cause is too much salt in food.
Actually, to be more specific, too much sodium Up to 3 g of sodium per day is the maximum amount that an adult needs. And it is not difficult to exaggerate. There is sodium in food that we salt while preparing it, but there is even more in canned foods, ready meals, and meat products.
Another way to stimulate blood and lymph circulation is water massage, which reduces swollen legs by causing the lymphatic and blood vessels to contract and dilate. Start by Showering your feet with cold water, first one foot and then the other. Then direct the stream of water slightly above the ankles and move slowly upwards towards the groin.
Molasses and anise syrupMolasses is produced during the production of sugar as a highly nutritious byproduct and is rich in minerals such as iron, magnesium, and calcium. Prepare the syrup by boiling two cups of water with half a teaspoon of molasses and one tablespoon of aniseed. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat by a third. The syrup is ready when the water is reduced to half of the initial amount. Take two to three tablespoons of syrup daily for the fastest results and reduction of leg swelling.
Take magnesiumDeficiency has many symptoms, and swollen legs can be one of them. The recommended daily amount of magnesium is 350 mg per day, and you can take it orally, as a supplement, or through foods rich in magnesium. Another option is a topical treatment, which involves the application of lotions, oils, or creams with magnesium because it is easier for the body to absorb it.
Parsley teaWhen we talk about teas and liquids, this one should not be overlooked when looking for a remedy for swollen and bloated legs. Parsley is a natural diuretic and helps to expel excess water from the body. Prepare it by pouring a spoonful of dried parsley leaves over a cup of hot water and letting it sit. Add lemon; otherwise, your tea will resemble a bland soup.
Of course, as stated before, all these are just remedies to reduce swollen legs, feet, and ankles. The real issue is some sort of hidden illness that you should effectively treat through therapy. Consult your doctor before doing any of the above-mentioned, and make sure to be persistent in your therapy.