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Doctors define edema as an increase in the volume of fluid in the spaces between the body's cells, and is usually more prominent in the legs and feet by the end of the day.

Gleevec can cause edema. Lasix plus potassium can help, but not as much as you would like. Gleevec interferes with calcium channels that pass calcium ions between the walled off compartments in our cells (i.e. through membranes)..

LEG SWELLING: Swelling in the legs can be a sign of weak liver function and an inability to detoxify ammonia from the blood. Also fluid in the abdomen.

I had a great deal of swelling in my legs when I had a large tumor load in my liver.

The gut flora can be a source of ammonia in addition to the body's metabolism. Keeping the colon clear with enemas can help the swelling.

Also, a syrup called Lactulose helps to keep the bowels flowing, and it helps draw ammonia from the blood into the gut for excretion. I took lactulose or many months when I had a large tumor load, and it does help against the swelling. It is a sweet nondigestable syrup. I thought that lactulose helped more than diuretics against leg swelling. I find that long nightly baths with salt help me greatly.

Natural diuretics can aid in removal of excess fluids from the body. Moderation is the key even in the case of natural diuretics.


-Green tea is a natural diuretic food that has been in use for centuries in China.

-Consumption of cranberry juice can aid in removal of excess fluid retention.

-Apple cider vinegar exhibits natural diuretic properties and in addition maintains the potassium levels. It can be added to the salad dressing.

-Dandelion is often used as a natural diuretic. Dandelion leaf tea aids in detoxification and has a beneficial effect on those suffering from cystitis and urinary tract infections.

-Nettle has natural diuretic properties that facilitate good cleansing.

-Fennel has carminative and diuretic properties and is frequently used in seasoning food.

DIURETIC FOOD: Natural foods with high water content such as watermelons and cucumbers help increase urination and better flushing out of toxins.

-Cucumbers are rich in sulfur and silicon that stimulate the kidneys into better removal of uric acid. Watercress and artichokes are also natural diuretic foods.

-Asparagus contains asparigine - a chemical alkaloid that boosts kidney performance, thereby improving waste removal from the body.

-Brussel Spouts help in stimulating the kidneys and pancreas. This helps in better cleansing of cells.

-Beets are natural diuretic foods that attack floating body fats and fatty deposits.

-Oats contain silica - a natural diuretic.

-Cabbage is known to aid breakage of fatty deposits, especially around the abdominal region.

-Carrots are a rich source of carotene that speeds the metabolic rate of the body and hastens removal of fat deposits and waste.

-Lettuce aids better metabolism and flushing of toxins.

-Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C that aid the metabolism and release of water from the kidney to flush out waste.

-Other than the other excellent properties that Garlic possesses, it is a natural diuretic food that aids breakage of fat.

-Horseradish, raw onions and radish speed up your metabolism.

When my husband couldn't take diuretics he was able to get some relief from turmeric. It's a spice, and is available in pill form. It's also a good anti-inflammatory agent. Do you know how your albumin is? When my husband was so swollen it was because his protein and albumin levels were low. Have you checked your labs to see what is low? Your potassium level is very important, as well as calcium, magnesium, protein and albumin. All these should be reported on a blood test. You should also check your red count - the hematocrit and hemoglobin.