The Eight Causes of Edema

November 11, 2018

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Dr. Berg talks about the causes of Edema. Edema is swelling in the lower extremities of the ankles and the feet.

8 Potential Causes of Edema:
1. Low Protein – protein in the blood is called albumin, if it is low the water will accumulate around the cells.
2. Low B1 – B1 deficiency is called Beri Beri that is caused by consuming too many carbs, alcohol, tea, chocolate, etc. Low in B1 could cause swelling in the ankles and the feet. Take nutritional yeast and B1.
3. Low Potassium – Caused by not consuming leafy green. You need 4700mg of potassium every day.
Sources of Potassium: Beet tops, Pistachios, Avocados, Greens, Kale, etc.
4. Heart – If the heart is dysfunctional or if you have heart disease, you’re going to have swelling on the left ankle or foot
5. Liver – If the liver is dysfunctional, fatty and cirrhosis, you’re going to have swelling on the right ankle and foot.
6. Kidney – Could cause swelling in the feet.
7. Myxedema – It looks like swelling but it is puffiness which caused by the waste product in the ankles that is also caused by the slow thyroid or thyroid problem.
8. Diabetes – can also cause low potassium and B1.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 52 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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