Swelling and Kidney Disease

Swelling may occur in your hands, feet and ankles. This may be mild or fairly severe. Your skin may feel taut over these areas. A frequent complaint is that the patient cannot put on shoes that he normally can wear. This swelling occurs because the kidneys cannot filter the fluid out through the urine and it collects in the bloodstream, eventually settling in these areas.

Swollen legs may be a sign of heart failure, kidney failure, or liver failure. In these conditions, there is too much fluid in the body.

Dandelion is high in oxalates, which when consumed in combination with foods high in calcium bind to the calcium in the small intestine and bowel, providing protection from calcium oxalate kidney stones, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Cranberry juice is also known to be an effective agent in fighting lower urinary tract infections, due to its high vitamin C content, antibacterial properties and the presence of anthocyanin, a potent antioxidant. Cranberry juice may also be helpful in reducing edema in the feet and ankles because it stimulates increased urination and flushing of the kidneys.

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