Hello Health and Lifestyle VIPs,
It’s Dr. Bernadette, your friendly informative family medicine doctor, prescribing health, healing and happiness and guiding you to your passion and purpose. It’s time to push them to the front of the closet and buy a new pair or two––it’s sandal season! But hold on Fashionistas, your peep-toe flats, strappy sandals and stylish pumps will be a mismatch for swollen ankles better known as the dreaded ‘cankles’. To avoid a fashion faux pas, I have some tips to prevent chubby ankles from clashing with your gorgeous sandals––you are too cute for that!
3 Ways To Ditch The ‘Cankles’ For Summer Ready Ankles:
- Reduce your salt intake. Wait! Before you say that you do not put salt on your food, many foods have a significant amount of salt in them without you adding more. Unless you are reading the food label, you don’t know how much salt you are eating. The recommended daily intake of salt is 2300 mg or less depending on age, health conditions and ethnicity. Do not be fooled by the big number, it is only about one teaspoon of salt per day. To easy up on the salt in your diet, go light on the barbecue sauce, salad dressings, processed foods and treats from the fast food trucks at summer festivals. The bottom line, eating an excessive amount of salt can cause your body to retain fluid; need I say more,‘cankles’.
- Drink more water. If I have said it once, I have said it millions of times…drinking one or even two bottles of water a day is not a lot of water. Sure, there are other ways to get a sufficient quantity of water such as fruits, vegetables and decaffeinated beverages. But, I find there is no substitute for good old H20––drink up, it’s calorie-free. Your body needs water for many of its functions including sweating, digestion and hydration. When you sweat due to high temperatures, you lose fluid. If it is not replaced, the body may hold fluid and you guessed it––‘cankles’. Not certain that you are drinking ample water? The proof is in the urine––if it is clear, you likely are drinking enough.
- Put your feet up. Go ahead, don’t be shy, kickback and raise your feet. Standing on your tootsies all day can be one of the reasons you are staring at chubby ankles. Gravity is no friend to your ankles. Elevate your feet twelve inches above your heart for about twenty minutes whenever possible to be able to fasten those ankle strap sandals––I have a pair of stunning red ones!
I have a bonus remedy to prevent swollen ankles. Yikes, I am likely to get backlash from this one, when all else fails or just do it––wear compression hoses. I know, I know they are not fashion savvy, but they will slim those ankles down which will get you back in vogue.
Remember to check with your doctor to determine if a health problem or medications may be the culprit in your ankle swelling.
Okay, all this talk about summer ready ankles has made me want to browse the internet for fabulous sandals. So until next time, click the share button and share the skinny.
In Health, Healing and Happiness,
Bernadette Anderson, M.D., M.P.H. has devoted the past 20 years to developing, teaching and educating others on the principles of health and lifestyle transformation. Her approach is to provide simple tools to allow people to be champions of their own healing, health and happiness and transition to a life of purpose and passion. These are the same tools that helped her drop over 140 pounds! She is the founder of Faith Family Health, Inc., a speaker, a health expert for media, bestselling and international published author, has appeared on national commercials and featured in highly-recognized online magazines.Visit her at DrBernadetteMD.com.