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The How-To Lounge: Avoiding Swollen Fingers

Have you ever woken up with swollen fingers, or left a restaurant or bar feeling like your rings are just a little too tight for comfort? Well I certainly have so here are some tips to help avoid Edema, the medical term for excess fluid accumulating where it doesn't belong.

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  • Salt is the number one thing that will make you retain water so be sure to watch your sodium intake
  • Alcohol and caffeine are other factors that should be avoided if you're concerned with bloating
  • Edema can be caused by a protein deficiency so up your protein intake and increase raw veggies - fiber is important to decrease swelling
  • Exercise daily and take hot baths or a steam a few times a week to sweat out your toxins
  • Make sure you are taking the right vitamins. Bromelain helps with swelling and digestion and any high-potency B-complex supplement will help reduce water retention

I hope these tips are helpful - and always remember to take off your rings before you go to bed since most people tend to wake up a little more swollen than normal.


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kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
this happens to me when I go for my run...when I'm done my fingers are so fat! When I'm in my cool-down lap and drinking more water it goes down, but not all the way until I go home and shower.
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
i dont ever notice this happening...
kendalheart kendalheart 9 years
I HATE when this happens, didn't realize it was common and that others got it!! And now that I think about it, it does happen after a night of drinking when I go running the next day!
xtinabeena xtinabeena 9 years
i feel like this always happens to me when i'm really dehydrated
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