Edema is a condition in which bodily tissues retain an excess amount of fluid. It can result from insufficient dietary protein, hidden food sensitivities, electrolyte imbalances, and/or capillary fragility. Edema can also be a symptom of lymphatic obstruction, kidney disturbances, or heart failure. Sometimes it is a symptom of low thyroid function (myxedema).
The complete nutritional approach to edema is to ensure that the diet contains adequate protein, to reduce salt intake, to ensure a balanced intake of electrolyte minerals (calcium, magnesium and potassium), to strengthen the capillaries with vitamin C and bioflavonoids, to support thyroid gland nutritionally (if required), and to track down and eliminate hidden food sensitivities. This latter measure can be most dramatic. Many people have been able to lose 20 or more pounds simply by eliminating the foods to which they are sensitive. If food allergens are involved, they must be eliminated 100% – otherwise nutritional supplements will not be able to provide full relief from the problem.
Also see the chapter, “One’s Food is Another’s Poison”, in NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR 88 CONDITIONS (available from Amazon.com)