Due to our lifestyle and improper food habits, water retention has become a rather common problem in modern days! Before it’s too late, it’s better to be vigilant and take steps to prevent water retention, which can be dangerous over time.
And if you are still suffering from water retention, you should not only take self-help to flush out the body’s excess fluid, but also seek medical assistance to rule out any serious disease. It might be anything from diseases of the brain, kidney, liver, lungs, or thyroid.
If your medical tests are negative then you should understand that your body water retention may be due to some widespread causes, like excessive consumption of salt and alcohol or hormonal imbalances or even some unhealthy eating habits! Here are a few simple but effective home remedies that can help you get rid of edema, the medical term for water retention in your body.
Tips And Home Remedies
1. Drink Plenty of Water
It seems, logically, to refute this idea. Why should you drink more water if you already have excess water in your body? There are two reasons for this.
If the body is dehydrated due to lack of water, it starts to store whatever water is available so it can be reused later. If you thought it would make you look slim by cutting back on water, you were wrong. Then, you will suffer from bloating, and because of water retention your body will swell.
Water helps your liver to transform fat into fuel that you can use. But if you don’t drink enough water, your body won’t be able to get rid of accumulated liquid and get support from the overworked liver. The liver then does not do its primary job of turning the body fat into energy.
If you feel thirsty, drink water. Never postpone this. Keep water within your grasp. Take a bottle of water with you wherever you go.
Whether you are thirsty or not, drink at least 6-8 glasses of filtered water every day. Sometimes we don’t understand the thirst signal, so we mistake it for hunger.
Look at the urine. If it’s yellow and thick or you don’t urinate a lot during the day, you need water in your body. The urine is supposed to be clear.
2. Reduce Salt Intake
Salt is a major cause of your body’s water retention. You may feel puffy and bloated when eating foods high in salt. Here is why salt causes bloating and retention of water. High intake of salt contributes to sodium accumulation and thus water in your body. This increases the body’s extracellular volume. Simply said, when you eat salt, your body will try to dilute it by holding water around your cells and supplying your bloodstream with more water in this process.
Not only does this increase the body’s water weight, but it also leads to other complications. Because your heart has to deal with extra fluid in the blood vessels, blood pressure may rise, which may increase the risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
The recommended salt level in the diet is a maximum of 2,300 mg of sodium per day in a normal situation. People with heart disease and high blood pressure are expected to have less than 1,500 mg sodium per day. However, you need to reduce your salt even less than these recommended levels when you need to eliminate water retention.
3. Eat Diuretic Foods And Potassium Rich Foods
Diuretic foods help to release more urine from your body. When you urinate frequently, your body releases extra water and flush off the toxins. Natural diuretic foods have a lasting effect, perhaps because you don’t have to avoid them. Every day, you can have one or the other diuretic foods. If you are on diuretic or anti-diuretic medication, however, consult your doctor before you include diuretic food in your diet.
Diuretic Foods: Cranberries, Grapes, Watermelon, Leafy greens, Lemon, Pineapple, Juniper Berries, Tomatoes, Pumpkin, Asparagus, Artichokes, Beets, Onion, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Leeks, Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Watercress, Celery and Eggplant
Potassium deficiency is also one of the causes of the body’s water retention. It is an essential mineral required for body cells, tissues and organs to function properly. Potassium is an electrolyte that maintains normal water balance in the body along with sodium.
Potassium also helps to stimulate the kidneys in order to flush waste out of the body along with excessive salt. Potassium deficiency can result in edema, swelling, and weight gain from water retention. So eat potassium-rich foods.
Potassium-rich Foods: Banana, Raisins, Apricot, Blackberries, Peaches, Strawberries, Apples, Oranges, Raspberries, Spinach, Fresh Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Avocados, Sunflower seeds, Melons and Watercress.