7-Day Diet for Fluid Retention

November 2, 2016
It’s a good idea to follow this diet before summertime or whenever you experience more fluid retention. You can also maintain these habits to prevent it from recurring

Lots of people exceed a healthy weight due to fluid retention, which causes swelling and discomfort in certain parts of the body.

The good news, however, is that you can eliminate excess fluids by eating the right foods.

In today’s article we want to share a seven-day diet that will help you fight fluid retention naturally, allowing you to reduce swelling and feel lighter and more energetic.

What is fluid retention?


Fluid retention, or edema, can be a chronic problem or just a temporary dilation of the veins due to excessive heat.

In the chronic case, it could be related to circulatory, cardiac, liver, or kidney problems, which means that you need to go to the doctor to obtain a timely diagnosis and treatment.

You can identify fluid retention because it’s associated with an increase in your weight for no apparent reason, with swelling or inflammation in certain parts of the body like your waist, legs, and ankles.

Although it’s not always related to being overweight, obesity can also lead to fluid retention.

Please read: How to fight fluid retention in the legs

7-day diet

This seven-day diet that specifically targets fluid retention will provide you with relief in one week, although it’s best to incorporate good habits that you maintain afterwards, so you will no longer suffer from edema.

The diet is excellent for anyone, thanks to its well-known cleansing properties that will improve the function of your kidneys and liver.

It’s a good idea to follow it before the hottest time of the year or at any time when you feel more fluid retention.

We always recommend talking with a doctor before starting any treatment, especially if you’re suffering from an illness or taking medication.

General tips

Here are some general tips that will be key during this week:

  • You need to completely eliminate table salt or refined salt in your food. You can replace it with moderate amounts of sea salt, Himalayan salt, or seawater.
  • Also avoid eating foods that already contain salt, such as crackers, breads, salted nuts, and so on.
  • You can improve the flavor of your dishes by using natural seasonings, such as spices (cayenne, curry, paprika, etc.), vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, etc.).
  • Avoid eating sugar or sugary foods, as they can cause you to crave more sweets and make the diet more difficult to follow.

In the morning


You’ll start your day by drinking two cups of warm or hot water with the juice from half a lemon. It’s important that you break your overnight fast this way to improve the function of each organ in particular.

Twenty minutes later, you’ll prepare a smoothie.


  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 pear
  • 1 slice of fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 pinch of fresh or ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil (15 g)
  • 1 cup of oat milk (200 ml)


  • Process all the ingredients in your blender and sip it slowly.

* If you are still hungry in the morning, you can eat a slice of whole wheat toast with avocado, accompanied by a cup of green tea.

At noon

For lunch, you can choose from the following options:

First course

  • Gazpacho, or homemade vegetable juice
  • Creamed vegetables or a salad

Second course

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Vegetables
  • Egg

* All dishes can be accompanied by brown rice as a side dish.


  • Applesauce
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Agar agar gelatin

You want to know more? See: The incredible powers of gelatin



By mid-afternoon you should always drink horsetail tea, which has diuretic properties and contains lots of minerals.

If you’re hungry, you can enjoy a snack of yogurt with nuts, a piece of fruit, or something similar.

At night

For dinner, you shouldn’t overeat, and try to have this final meal as early as possible.

First course

  • Gazpacho, or homemade vegetable juice
  • Soup
  • Creamed vegetables
  • Salad

Second course

  • Fish
  • Avocado
  • Low-sodium cheese

* These can be accompanied by some bread or brown rice.


  • Apple
  • Pear
  • A handful of nuts

If this diet works for you, at the end of the week you can continue to practice some of these good eating habits to continue to prevent fluid retention.

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