10 Natural Remedies To Reduce Water Retention
If you ever felt that nasty pain due to swellings in the feet and torso, then you know that it is highly uncomfortable and painful issue.
Water retention is known as edema in medicine or more commonly called water or fluid retention, this refers to excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues due to various reasons, like – high sodium intake, poor circulation, lack of exercise, vitamin deficiencies, venous insufficiency (a problem with blood flow from the veins in the legs back to the heart), stress, pregnancy, menstruation, hot weather, exposure to high altitudes, allergies, high blood pressure, heart problems, kidney problems, chronic lung disease, liver disease, thyroid disorders, certain medications and oral contraceptives.
Water retention/edema might also lead to stiff joint, high blood pressure and pulse, and weight gain.
Here, we suggest ten natural remedies to resolve it and reduce the swelling it causes, usually in the torso, feet, and legs.
These are the most effective water retention remedies:
Remedy #1: Parsley
Parsley It is one of the most powerful water retention natural remedy.
Add a few teaspoons of dried parsley in a cup of water, and boil.
Leave it to cool for 10 minutes and drink this tea three times daily. You can also add lemon juice to the tea for even better effects.
Remedy #2: Dandelion
Researchers have found that dandelion supports the urine production in the body. It also lowers the sodium levels, as it is high in potassium. Dandelion is also rich in magnesium which reduces premenstrual bloating.
Add a teaspoon of dried dandelion leaves in a cup with water, boil for about 10 minutes, strain, and drink the tea 3-4 times daily.
Make sure you consult your doctor before you start consuming the tea, as dandelion might interfere with certain drugs.
Remedy #3: Onion
Onions purify the blood and also like dandelion, stimulate the urine production, thus preventing kidney stones.
Peel a 3 onions, add them to 4 cups of water and boil.
If you like add some salt, and drink this remedy three times daily for a few days.
Remedy #4: Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV can replenish your body with potassium. This, means that ACV can help your body to reduce sodium levels.
Add a teaspoon into a glass of water, and drink the remedy twice daily.
If you like, increase the dosage and add an extra tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per glass. You can also soak the feet in a hot bath with vinegar for 10 minutes.
This will soothe the swellings and also treat bad foot odor.
Remedy #5: Cranberry Juice
This juice can help you by speeding up of urine in the organism and is high in calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
One cup of unsweetened cranberry juice every day for a resolution to your water retention problem or, you can take cranberries in pill form.
Remedy #6: Fennel Seeds
Supports the ability of the kidneys to process more water and sodium. It also prevents toxic buildups in the body and helps digestion.
Add a teaspoon of fennel seeds in some hot water and boil it.
Cover the cup and leave it to cool for 10-15 minutes, strain, and consume this three times daily.
Remedy #7: Epsom Salt
An Epsom salt bath will help you get rid of that bloated tummy, as well as water retention issues through a process known as reverse osmosis. This process works by cleaning out all excess fluids in the body, as well as toxins.
The bath is relaxing, soothing, and calming.
Add two cups of Epsom salt in a warm bath and soak in it for 15 minutes. Repeat three times a week.
Remedy #8. Stinging Nettle Root
Stinging Nettle has natural properties that significantly stimulates the urine production and helps in the case of water retention.
Add a teaspoon of nettle root in a cup of hot water, leave it for 10-15 minutes to cool down, and drink several times daily.
Remedy #9: Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is great for detox, thus eliminates the excessive fluids from the body, as well as the accumulated waste and toxins.
Add a few of tablespoons of lemon juice in a cup of warm water. If you like you can add some honey.
Drink this remedy on a daily basis for several days.
Remedy #10: Essential oils
Essential oils can be of great help in the case of water retention. Aromatherapy stimulates the drainage of fluids by triggering the lymphatic system.
Add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to a hot bath and soak in it for 10 minutes, three times a week. For best effects, we recommend geranium, cypress, and juniper essential oils.
In case you face water retention issues, we suggest consuming more diuretic foods, such as celery, cucumbers, cabbage, watermelon, bananas, pineapples, and watercress, as they also boost the production of urine.
Moreover, make sure you drink a lot of water to prevent dehydration, exercise regularly, and limit the intake of alcohol and salt.
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