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Though ankles may swell for many reasons, more often than not, it is due to fluid retention in the lower parts of the body. Normally, the body works to create a balance of fluid within the bloodstream, cells, and lymphatic system. Many factors can throw off this balance, some of which are mild and some serious, so it's best to seek medical attention if you have swollen ankles. However, when swollen ankles are not indicative of a greater medical problem, home remedies can help alleviate the symptoms.

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1. Eat Potassium-Rich Foods

Bananas are rich in potassium, which helps maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes in the body, thus reducing water retention. Combining bananas with other potassium-rich foods can compound the beneficial effects: add the fruit to yogurt and a bit of cocoa powder for a healthy smoothie option. Dry fruits, avocados, beans, and leafy greens are also high in potassium. Note that people with kidney disorders need to reduce their potassium intake, however.

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