Summer can be brutal to the body when it comes to legs swelling—especially if you’re pregnant, have mild edema, or struggle with other health factors. For whatever reason, our bodies just aren’t as good about getting rid of excess water during the hot weather. While we can’t change the weather, we at Eagle Highland Pharmacy can pass along a few ways you can reduce water retention and stay comfortable in the heat.

Note: As with any health concern, be sure to consult your physician or a health professional before beginning any treatments or changes in diet. We’re just passing along a few ways people have dealt with water retention that you might find handy to discuss with your personal doctor.

1. Drink plenty of water.

Boost up your water intake during warm weather. While it may seem counterintuitive, drinking more water can actually help your body flush out the unnecessary fluids.

2. Reduce your salt intake.

Sodium has its way of aggravating your body and making it retain water. So cut out the potato chips and don’t add extra salt to your recipes. Aim for a low-salt diet.

3. Get regular exercise.

Regular exercise is beneficial to your body in many ways. Movement can help keep fluids moving throughout your body, making it less likely to pool in any one part. 

4. Don’t be on your feet too long.

Standing or being upright for long periods of time could cause water to build up in your legs. It’s best to take some time to sit down and put your feet up. Let gravity do its job and redistribute your body’s fluids back to where they’re supposed to be.

5. Wear compression stockings.

One medical supply your physician may recommend is compression socks—also called compression hosiery or compression stockings. These socks add some pressure to your legs to help keep excess fluids out.

Eagle Highland Pharmacy is Indianapolis’s medical supply expert that can help you find just the right compression stockings. We have a wide range of styles for all people. Contact Eagle Highland Pharmacy today at 317-299-3771 to ask about our compression stockings.