Get Rid of Swelling: 6 Easy Steps

Vrach-dermatocosmetologist Victoria Britko (@ dr.viktoria_13_) told how to quickly and without stress put yourself in order and get rid of edema and excess fluid.

Victoria Britko

Victoria Britko


“Holidays are a time of gastronomic“ bacchanalia ”even for adherents of proper nutrition. There are many more people who like to feast than those who ate chicken breast, eating it with a cabbage leaf at the festive table. For disobedience you have to pay later. The result of excessive consumption of carbohydrates and lack of regular exercise is lymph congestion and, as a result, edema. I’ll tell you how to get rid of them without harming the body. “

Method number 1: adjust your diet

An excess of carbohydrates in the diet leads to an imbalance of electrolytes: sodium, potassium and chlorine ions. The first thing to do is restore it. Arrange a mini-detox for your body by removing flour, sweet, dairy (dairy products can also retain water), fatty, salty from the diet. This does not mean that you need to eat only water. Fasting is stressful for the body. Include more cooked vegetables, lean meats, nuts, and whole grains in your diet. Eat fruits only in the morning – they have a high glycemic index.

Method number 2: include foods containing potassium in the diet

This trace element allows you to quickly remove excess fluid from the body. Large amounts of potassium are found in legumes, parsley, cucumbers, celery, green tea: add these foods to your daily menu.

Method number 3: massage

Massage is a great way to get rid of lymph and swelling. And on the face as well. Make an appointment with a beautician for a manual massage. No other device can compare with it in terms of efficiency. Only with your hands you can adjust the intensity of exposure to problem areas (zone of lymphostasis and fibrous bridges of adipose tissue). To get rid of edema, lymphatic drainage is well suited. During the procedure, a specialist can use special tools that allow you to deal with congestion. For example, caffeinated creams that improve microcirculation. Massage should be done in courses. The number of procedures is selected individually. As a rule, the course consists of 10 procedures with an interval of 3-4 days. If you suffer from varicose veins, massage is prescribed only after consulting a phlebologist.

Method number 4: go to the gym

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the predisposing factors for edema and lipid deposition in “fat traps”. During the holidays, gym passes sit peacefully on the shelves. It’s time to dust them off! Enter the mode gradually. You can not expose the body to serious stress. Start with cardio, gradually increasing the duration and effectiveness of your workout. You can go to the pool. Excellent load on all muscle groups. If you can’t go to the gym, go for a walk (read 8 important factors about walking here). Oxygen and moderate exercise are the main enemies of edema.

Method number 5: cosmetic care

This point cannot be ignored. The consequences of the holidays are reflected not only on the body, but also on the face. There is swelling in the periorbital area and the face looks tired. Focus on drainage procedures: manual or hardware massage, infrared laser. For the body, salt and coffee scrubs, seaweed wraps are suitable. Don’t ignore self-massage. The brush and essential oils should be your best friends in the shower.

Method number 6: follow the drinking regimen

The cause of edema is stagnation of fluid in the body (here you can read the advice of an osteopath on how to remove swelling on the face). This does not mean that you need to stop drinking water. On the contrary, its quantity needs to be increased. The body has one feature: to store everything during the period of deficiency. It’s the same story with water. The less you drink, the more swelling. I want to draw your attention: most of the daily water intake should be drunk before 19.00. After this time, the speed of lymph movement slows down 3-4 times.