Swollen ankles???

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JBL12

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Posted: 22 May 2013, 16:15
Does anybody else experience this ? Very swollen! Anybody else experience this on Atkins ? I feel like a bloated freaking tick! Sad

Advise????!
JBL12

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Posted: 22 May 2013, 16:16
Ugh Advice!!
riocaz

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Posted: 22 May 2013, 16:22
Go see a doctor swollen ankles can be a sign of diabetes.

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RavenSoul69

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Posted: 22 May 2013, 16:24
Are you watching your sodium intake? Drinking enough water regularly? Time of the month? (sorry, can't tell from your profile if you're male or female, heh) Atkins WOE is somewhat of a "natural diuretic). I have Conjestive Heart Failure, and Atkins helps my circulatory system (among other things) so I don't get swollen limbs while on it...

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messamermom

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Posted: 22 May 2013, 16:25
Go on over to atkins.com to post on the boards there and ask the nutritionist Colette Heimowitz.
rksoup

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Posted: 22 May 2013, 16:55
Yes I get this. The main reasons tend to be sodium intake, lack of water, and hormones.
I see from your food log that most days you are over 3000 and somethimes up to 5000mg in sodium. "They" recommend not going over 2500.
Water flushes the sodium and fat from your system. Drink Drink Drink.
I swell right before my period. Always have, but now seems to settle in my ankles more that before.
Don't discount riocaz's comment. If you haven't been tested for diabetes lately, get tested. Better safe than sorry. I've been tested often (mostly because my Dr. can't believe I'm this weight and NOT diabetic). I wear diabetic socks on the bad days. It eases my discomfort.
JBL12

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Posted: 23 May 2013, 04:07
No diabetes, checked regularly. I thought it might have to do with the sodium intake. I haven't been using salt at all, but will start to watch that sodium level. AND, my water intake has been a bit lax. Will start drinking that water. Thanks all for the advice.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 23 May 2013, 08:43
Too much sodium- try reducing that. If it does not resolve, you might see a doctor. Edema can be a sign of heart problems - congestive heart failure.
thinner120

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Posted: 23 May 2013, 09:37
I did Atkins for 2 years, but am not on it now, however this may be helpful. I had swollen ankles.Just being overweight puts extra strain on the circulatory system and by the end of the day water pools in the ankles. In my case my left ankle swells more than the right ankle.It was fractured several years ago so will always swell. Cut back on your sodium intake. I am allergic to prescribed diuretics so I use Hawthorn Berry Tea and take 2 herbal capsules per day, watch my salt. Asparagus has properties that act as a diuretic also. Best Wishes
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JBL12

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Posted: 24 May 2013, 04:21
Asparagus?!?!?!?!? Good to know, we have a HUGE asparagus patch in our back yard.

Even though I am overweight, I have always had small ankles. Very weird!
mummydee

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Posted: 24 May 2013, 06:12
JBL12, you are logging in your foods and can see your sodium levels and the foods that are pushing your daily intake up to high levels. It's not reaching for the salt shaker, it's the processed foods that contain very high levels of sodium. Natural foods such as kale, 1 cup, contains 30 mgs of sodium before adding salt in the cooking. I keep my intake to 1,200 mg - 1,500 a day, and this I hit with completely natural foods nothing processed at all.
and don't be taken in by packaging that says 50% less salt. They put in 500 x's what you need in a day and then reduce it, you're still getting 250 x's more than you need !
JBL12

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Posted: 24 May 2013, 07:34
Thanks mummy! Yeah, I changed it so I can view the sodium. I thought somebody mentioned to not go over 2500?

I am going to have a bad day today though, need to go shopping, so I have eggs for breakfast and lunch and hot dogs as a snack..NOT what I would usually eat..I need salad..am craving it.
RavenSoul69

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Posted: 24 May 2013, 09:52
Hot dogs have a good deal of sodium in them per portion...just thought I'd mention it. For people having circulation problems and/or water retention my docs usually recommend no more than 1500 a day of sodium. Just passing along some info to you so you can make choices. Smile

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Add what is uniquely your own.
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JBL12

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Posted: 24 May 2013, 12:08
Raven...I soooo know about the hotdogs, but like I said, out of options this AM.
Tamaralynn04...

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Posted: 24 May 2013, 15:40
Ive been dealing with Swollen ankles every year - usually during hot summer months. I've been diagnosed with temperature related edema. Cut back on sodium, drink more water and see if it helps. Mine get so bad some days I can barely wear flip flops Sad
rksoup

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Posted: 24 May 2013, 16:57
Tamaralynn, I swear by the diabetic socks. Its constant pressure really helps me. They are knee high so not appropriate for all fashion. I found my at Rite Aid. Black and white pairs. I agree with all your solutions but this helps until the swelling subsides. I don't sleep in them though.
Hoffner

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Posted: 25 May 2013, 04:59
My answer to water retention is Alfalfa Tabs. I take 3 a day and find they are a natural diuretic and work great for me. No more water balloons.
mummydee

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Posted: 25 May 2013, 06:55
The recommended daily intake for women is 1,200 - 1,500 mgs but the FDA says that 2,500 is okay, why do they say that? because the FDA is not really concerned about your health, they support the food industry which is really the processed food industry and the Drug industry which is not really interested in making you healthy because then they'd be out of business, so go ahead consume that amount and then buy water pills from us to help you lose it! When a product is labeled 4% of your daily allowance you think great, that's low, but it's based on the daily allowance of 2,500 mgs, so , no , it's not low.
Try to eliminate processed foods altogether. Do it for one day, log in your food and see the difference.
good luck!
JBL12

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Posted: 25 May 2013, 09:32
Where would I find alfalfa tabs??? Health food store???
RavenSoul69

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Posted: 25 May 2013, 10:21
Some drug stores carry them. However, a brand that my friend's doc recommended is GNC SuperFoods Alfalfa Tabs. You can get a bottle of those at any GNC store or online at GNC dot com. The doc recommended that brand because he said that you can't always be sure how much of the main ingredients are in some brands, and the GNC kind is one he trusts.

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If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~~Buddhist proverb

Absorb what is useful,
Discard what is not,
Add what is uniquely your own.
~~Bruce Lee

You don't drown by falling in the water...you drown by staying there.

There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.




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