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I have been having problems with my ankles and calves swelling. If I drink a large glass of orange juice every day, the swelling stops, and my ankles and calves are normal size again. If I stop drinking the orange juice, the swelling returns. I have changed nothing else in my diet or exercise routine. Why is drinking the orange juice reducing my swelling?

You should talk to your doctor about the swelling. This type of swelling is probably just diet-related, but you want to be sure. It can be caused by health issues and should not be taken lightly.

Potassium-rich foods, such as meats, potatoes, avocados, apricots and orange juice can sometimes reduce swelling.

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