What Supplements can I take to get rid of fluid in the body?

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CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/30/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I have fluid building up in my body. I know there are supplements you can take to get rid of the fluid but I can't remember what they are. Anyone know?
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   Posted 8/30/2009 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I know natural apple cider vinegar is one thing that will get rid of fluid. I cannot remember how much...I think it is 1 TBSP in a glass of water. But, it should be natural like Braggs. If you google Apple Cider Vinegar you will find how much to take.

I so feel for you. It is MISERABLE to be so swollen.
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   Posted 8/30/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I have this problem also. I am not sure what supplements to take but there are foods you can add to your diet to help. Food rich in potassium like bananas, strawberries, watermelon and spinach may help, as well as lots of fiber. Also, exercise may help even though it feels uncomfortable. I have read that drinking plenty of water is good which seems odd to me since it is more water you're adding! If it gets too bad for me, I prop my feet up and I get a little relief that way.

Good luck!

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   Posted 8/30/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you two. I think this may be why my hand/fingers are swelling. I'm not sure why it's just one hand though. My ankles aren't swollen yet but I can feel the fluid in my body. I get this a few times a year.

Thanks for the information.
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   Posted 8/30/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Shesh!!! This is something I get to keep me company every day!!!
I think I will try the apple cider tx & see what happens!

The worst thing that could happen is that I will turn into an old apple!!
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   Posted 8/30/2009 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually ACV is very good for many things. It even helps out a HUGE amount with heartburn. Would not think so, but it does. There are some very good websites out there on ACV uses.
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   Posted 8/30/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was able (somehow) to find these links:

www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar



www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html#DRINKACV

Hope this helps someone...
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   Posted 8/31/2009 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
The lady that supplies my supplements told me to take some Natural Calm Magnesium for the fluid. I will try that and see what happens.

I've heard good things about ACV too!
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   Posted 8/31/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I also find that celery and cucumber help.  Drinking water does help.  It signals to your body that you have plenty and you can get rid of some.  When you don't drink enough, your body goes into retention mode.  Just like your metabolism dropping when you don't have enough to eat.  Your body tries to adapt to the situations we put it in. 
 
I know I have some gentle yoga moves that help with circulation and that always helps me.  I hate that feeling of retaining water. 
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CajunGrl
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   Posted 8/31/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Gretchen. I hate that feeling too. I feel all puffy inside, lol. I haven't been doing too good at drinking enough water. I know I need to start though. I used to drink around 7-8 bottles a day. Now.....maybe 2.
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   Posted 8/31/2009 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
CG: Vitamin B6 works as a diuretic. Try 100 mg to start and you should see a difference in a couple days, if not, increase by another 100 mg.  I was told this by an ND when I had bad PMS years ago. It really works. Be well.   D

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   Posted 9/1/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Dowa,

Thanks! I have B-6 so I will add it in with the Magnesium if it's not in there already.
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   Posted 9/1/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
As a precaution, please read :

[url]http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/factsheets/vitaminb6.asp[url]
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   Posted 9/1/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Gentle lymphatic massage is the most practical approach to moving the fluids, esp. when your extremities are the end carrier of those fluids. Combining this with EMU in the massage - weekly - will aid in moving the fluid/edema retention down and out of your body. No hot stones or spa massages. Therapeutic and very light.

(quoted fm Naturopathy) The following herbs are used to treat osteoarthritis:

* Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)—Is nutritive.
* Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)—Is an anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic.
* Burdock (Arctium lappa)—Is nutritive and an alterative.
* Chaparral (Larreamexicaaa)—Is ann antiinlammatory and ann antihistamine.
* Devil's claw (Harpagohytum procumbbns)—Is an anti-inflammatory and an analgesic.
* Yucca (Yucca spp)—Is a anntiinflamatory and an anntispasmodic.

Hydrotherapy helps move stagnation. Here is a pretty simple but good explanation as to how this works: http://alternativemedicine.healthcommunities.com/naturopathic
/hydrotherapy.shtml

Homeopathy
The standard dosage for acute symptom relief is 3 pellets of 30C every 4 hours until symptoms resolve. Lower potencies, suchas 6X, 6CC, 30X, may be given every 2 to 4 hours. If the right remedy is chosen, symptoms should improve shortly after the second dose. If there is no improvement after 3 doses, a different remedy is given. The following remedies have been shown to be effective in acute, symptomatic relief of osteoarthritis. Check with your doctor before self medicating:

* Bryonia—Indicated for paiin in limbs and joints that are better with warmth, swollen joints, and joints worse with touch.
* Kali bichromicum—Indicated for shooting, pricking pain; wandering pain; stiffness all over; and pain worse in the morning, with motion, or with cold.
* Rhus toxicodendron—indicated for the sensation of stiffness on first moving limbs after rest and when pain is as if bruised or sprained.
* Ruta graveolens—Indicated for inability to bend; pain in all joints and hip bones; and pain worse in wet, cold weather.
* Ledum—Indicated for stiffneess in all joints that move only after applying cold water; painful, hard nodes; and pain worse by warmth of bed.
* Apis - for very swollen, red, hot joints that sting or burn.

Traumeel- Arnica Montana Cream is a great topical as well; even moreso when blended w/a little EMU. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WXX-4C6JK95-5&_use=100&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=searc&_soort=&_ddocanchor=&view=c&_searcStrId=9977532234&_rrunOrigin=ggoogle&_acctC000050221&&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&d5=5ccd05cc1781db9d11a3040f684aee7e8

I do not know if your doctor is an integrative thinker or treats with a whole body approach; but, I would consult with your LLMD before adding anything to your protocol. An integrative Lyme physician is going to be able to guide this for you.

MSM is a supplement you can discuss with your doctor as well. It is a natural internal anti-inflammatory and quite effective. Patients with sulfur sensitivity should not take this though.

IV Myers Cocktail of VitaminC and micro-nutrients is a wonderrful method for flushing the system of toxins (which are locked into that fluid) and tremendously beneficial for adema/inflammation. Again, uner the orders of your doctor.

Dr. K.S. (ILADS) has published a good reference called "The Lyme Disease Solution". In it he details an anti-inflammatory diet plan. His wife is a nutritionist and together they have researched and made this available to Lyme patients.

There may be some imbalances that your doctor needs to address, as well. Autoimmune, hormonal, liver, kidney, systemic candida, food allergies, diabetes, cardio-vascular, etc..

Drinking water, eliminating sugars, wheat, glutens, hydrogenated oils, dairy, nuts (ie: high allergy foods) and processed foods from your diet (if you are already not doing this) would reduce the inflammatory response you are experiencing.

Most importantly, your doctor should be advised and monitoring your cardio-vascular, circulatory systems right now. Your blood pressure should be monitored regularly.

That's alot of info and of course, as with anything, there are variables to this..
I understand the edema and visible/physiological swelling of the extremities.

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CajunGrl
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   Posted 9/2/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you two! Thanks for the links too.
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