Edema or fluid retention is a medical condition that is characterized with excess fluids build up inside the body, or more precisely the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body.
Causes of water retention:
- Unhealthy diet and lack of exercise;
- Certain medications might cause fluid retention;
- Dehydration (in such condition, the organism tries to keep the extra water);
- Diseases such as Thyroid disorder, Arthritis and Varicose Veins;
- Liver and Kidney disorders;
- Excessive intake of salt and sugar;
- Unbalanced diet (lack of potassium, calcium, vitamins, proteins and amino acids are some of the most common causes of edema);
Symptoms of water retention:
- Swollen body parts (even after weight loss);
- Swollen or puffy face;
- Swollen wrists, ankles, hands and feet;
- Swollen eyelids;
- Bloated feeling;
How to reduce the water retention on a completely natural way:
- Reduce Salt Intake
Salt is high in sodium and high intake of salt leads to water retention, which further expands the extra cellular volume in the body. Namely, when you consume excessive amounts of salt, your organism tries to dilute the salt by holding the water around the cells and thus supplies more water to the bloodstream. Excess amounts of sodium and fluid cause water retention, but if the problem is not solved on time, this condition might cause more serious health issues such as osteoporosis, heart disease and stroke.
Recommended daily intake of slat is 2300mg but patients who are suffering from heart diseases or high blood pressure should eat about 1500mg per a day.
Follow these simple tips and lower the intake of salt:
- Cook your food at home instead of eating out;
- During your meals, you should not keep the salt shaker on the table;
- Avoid canned foods because they contain more salt as a preservative;
- Avoid processed foods and junk food;
Parsley is rich source of anti-oxidants, iron, calcium, and B complex vitamins. Studies have proved that this plant has the ability to inhibit the re-absorption of potassium and sodium, which actually allows excess water to leave the body. In addition to that, parsley can be used as a treatment of urinary tract infection and kidney stones.
In 1 liter of boiling water add a handful of fresh parsley and remove the pot from heat. Leave it steep for 10-15 minutes and strain the tea. Drink 1 cup of parsley tea 5-7 times a day.
Instead of fresh parsley, you can prepare parsley tea by adding 2 teaspoons of dried parsley in a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and drink it.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar efficiently balances the pH levels of the body and replenishes potassium and reduces sodium levels, and thus reduces and prevents fluid retention.
Into a glass of water add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar, stir and drink the mixture. In order to get best results you should drink 2 glasses of ACV-water mixture. After a while, gradually increase the amount of ACV to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per glass.
Process 2: (for water retention in legs)
In a small tub or suitable container pour equal quantities apple cider vinegar and water. Then, soak your feet for 10-15 minutes. This mixture will reduce the swelling and also will reduce the unpleasant foot odor.
Garlic is one of the healthiest foods and offers numerous health benefits. When it comes to water retention, garlic acts as a diuretic. Namely, this veggie helps the organism to release excess fluids and also flushes toxins from the body. In same time, garlic has the ability to break down the body fat and thus will help you to lose weight. You can add garlic in almost any meal, salads, soups, etc.
Eat 2-3 raw garlic cloves in the morning and at night. In order to get all of its benefits, it is advisable to chew the garlic cloves thoroughly.
Onions have the ability to cleanse and detoxify the entire organism and the blood, as well. Regular consummation of onions prevents the stones formation in kidneys. This veggie offers numerous health benefits, but as well as the garlic, it causes bad breath.
In a pot pour 4 cups of water and add 1 chopped onion. Boil the mixture for a several minutes and add a pinch of salt. Leave the mixture to cool down for a few minutes and strain it. To reduce water retention you should drink 1 cup of this remarkable juice 3 times a day.
- Fennel Seeds
It is scientifically proved that fennels seeds act as a diuretic and in same time help the organism to flush out the excess sodium and water from the kidneys. In addition to that, fennel seeds have the ability to prevent buildup of toxins in the body and improve the digestion.
In a cup of hot water add 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds, then cover the cup and leave it steep for about 10 minutes. Next step is to strain the water and drink this tea 3 times a day.
- Lemon Juice
It is well known fact that lemon juice helps the organism to flush out excess fluid and toxins from your body.
In a cup of warm water add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and add 1 tablespoon honey to improve the taste. Drink this mixture in the morning, right after you wake up.