Dr Oz: Swollen Ankles & Puffy Face
Dr Oz discussed the question he gets asked often: why am I so darn puffy? It turns out that your body has a system (the Lymphatic System) for clearing away excess fluid, like your house has gutters to lead rain water away. Doctor Oz and his Assistant-Of-The-Day Tracy, from seat 32, spoke all about Lymph Nodes and remedies for swollen ankles and a puffy face! Click here to read another Dr Oz recap from a different segment where he spoke about Swollen Ankle Remedies: Dr Oz Cankles.
Dr Oz: Lymph Nodes & Edema
Dr Oz said that you have Lymph Nodes all over your body: in your upper arms, legs, your sides, your feet, etc. Lymph Nodes are like the garbage collectors that take away extra blood that escapes from your blood vessels and goes into your tissues. Lets say that you stand-up for a long time and it causes your ankles to swell, why does this happen? Well, your Lymph System is in charge of sucking up extra fluid, but if your tissues gets totally saturated with excess liquid then your Lymph Nodes cannot keep up. This is why your doctor will push on your tissue if you are swollen, and if it stays pressed in, you likely have Edema.
Dr Oz: Salt Causes Swelling
Dr Oz said that salty foods can cause swelling and water retention in your body. The average American eats twice the salt that they should have. Dr Oz suggests having up to 1500 mg of salt (which is about 1 tsp of salt) every day.
Dr Oz: Horse Chestnut Extract for Swelling
Dr Oz said that Horse Chestnut Extract limits the blood that can leak from your blood vessels into your tissue, and it has been shown to work in clinical trials to help with swelling. Dr Oz and his Assistant-Of-The-Day both tasted a big dropper of the Horse Chestnut Extract, and neither one seemed particularly in love with the taste. But if you have swollen ankles, it might be worth trying out at least! Another option is to eat 1 cup of yogurt with sliced bananas, because the potassium helps to minimize swelling and water retention.
Dr Oz also mentioned that swelling in your body can be the sign of serious conditions. For example, if you have a big belly that appears suddenly, it could be from fluid build up from your liver or heart failing. Or if you have facial swelling or swelling beneath your eyes, it could be a sign of kidney failure.