The hottest months of summer have arrived. Often at this time, the human body tends to swell and has a harder time removing fluid from its tissues. You may find that the swelling will concentrate in the feet and ankles. Your joints may become stiff and even rapid weight gain can occur. Luckily, there are ways to avoid or reduce these symptoms.
The following are 7 ways to prevent swelling in hot temperatures:
Keep active. Your activities don’t have to be rigorous to be helpful. Try walking. It’s a great way to prevent swelling as it gives you just enough cardio to get the blood flowing. Walking also helps promote consistency in blood flow which helps prevent your body from swelling. We recommend at least 30 minutes of daily walking. If you must sit still for prolonged periods, make sure you occasionally get up and move around.
Wear clothing that will boost circulation. During hot temperatures, avoid cotton clothing. It retains moisture and will only make you feel hotter. Wear tights or circulation sleeves as these help your vessels to better circulate.
Stay indoors. If it’s possible, stay inside during the afternoon. Try and do your outside activities in the morning.
Keep hydrated. When your body is hydrated, it is less likely to retain water. A suitable amount of fluid intake is at least 30-50 ounces of water a day. If you exercise or are pregnant, you will need to drink more than this. Stay away from caffeinated drinks as they promote swelling.
Eat a healthy diet. Proper hydration should be coupled with proper eating habits. Making changes in your diet can have positive effects on your body. It is recommended that you get plenty of B6, B5, and calcium. Brown rice and fresh fruits contain these vitamins.
Keep a low salt diet. Consuming less salt helps to reduce swelling. Avoid snacks like potato chips and salted nuts. Avoid processed foods. Opt for fresh foods versus canned or frozen. Always make sure to read product labels for salt content.
Elevate your swollen limbs. Should your legs become swollen, you will want to elevate them. Lay on your back and prop up your legs higher than your head. This technique is known to reduce swelling.
Follow these tips to reduce swelling and your hazy, hot and humid summer days will be much more comfortable.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Clifton, NJ. We offer diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care.