The cause of the swelling can range from an injury to medical conditions. Swelling of the leg may involve a noticeable distension of the shin or calf, ankles, feet or toes. Foot swelling may be a common occurrence which most of us will experience at some point in life after a long day of standing or sitting but may also be an indication of a more serious pathology as in certain cardiovascular disorders. Recurrent or persistent swelling of the feet should be investigated by a medical practitioner especially if you have a history of cardiovascular disease or have noticed a change in color, sensation or mobility of the leg, foot or toe.
Blood rich in oxygen and nutrients flow through the arteries to the target area. Blood carrying deoxygenated blood returns to the heart via the veins where it is quickly routed to the lungs to be replenished with oxygen. Blood flowing to the leg has to return to the heart through a group of veins with intermittent valves located throughout the course of the vein.
Leg swelling can be from buildup of extra fluid. Edema has many possible causes:
- Prolonged standing or sitting, especially in hot weather, can cause excess fluid to accumulate in the feet, ankles and lower legs.
- Congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart can no longer pump efficiently, causes fluid buildup in the lungs and other parts of the body. Swelling is often most visible in the feet and ankles.
- Pregnancy can cause edema in the legs as the uterus puts pressure on the vena cava. Fluid retention during pregnancy also can be caused by a more serious condition called preeclampsia.
- Low protein levels in the blood caused by malnutrition, kidney and liver disease can cause edema. The proteins help to hold salt and water inside the blood vessels so fluid does not leak out into the tissues. If a blood protein, called albumin, gets too low, fluid is retained and edema occurs, especially in the feet, ankles and lower legs.
Parsley Nutrition Facts
Raw parsley is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin E, protects against heart disease and free radical damage
- Niacin, also known as Vitamin B-3 and helps the body create energy (and is also found inMulberries)
- Vitamin A, critical for bone, skin and eye health (Vitamin A is also plentiful inCarrots)
- Folic acid, also known as folate and is important for red blood cell production
- Potassium, needed to maintain healthy blood pressure
Parsley Tea Preparation
Pour 500 ml of water in a container and boil it.
Afterwards, add 5 tablespoons of freshly and finely chopped leaves and roots of parsley.
Also, boil it for about 5 minutes. Next, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool off for 20 minutes.
At last, just strain it. This homemade parsley tea should be taken 3 times on a daily basis. Just in a few days of consuming the tea, the symptoms of swollen legs will diminish.