The best way to deal with excess fluid is not to restrict it, but to mobilize it. Keep it from staying in areas that cause the most discomfort, such as in the legs, feet, fingers and abdomen. Assisting the kidney function is one way of doing this. Rest and fluids are the two best ways to help the kidneys rid themselves of excess fluid.
1. Put your feet up. Keep your legs elevated whenever possible. And don't cross your legs! Any time you get off your feet, pressure is reduced on the inferior vena cava and the iliac veins, so the blood can get back up and not pool in the extremities. Renal blood flow is improved as well.
2. Lie down. It is important to rest on your left side as much as possible. Not just at night, but for several 30-minute periods throughout the day.
3. Drink up. Have at least six to eight, eight ounce glasses of water, juice or milk every day. This keeps the kidneys functioning properly.
4. Take a walk. Wh
at 5:43 PM on Jun. 5, 2011