Are you one of those people who feels bloated sometimes? It could be because of the heat, some food that you ate, or your hormonal cycle.
No matter what the cause, we all know that feeling bloated is an uncomfortable problem that we would like to solve quickly.
Below we’re going to give you some tips that will help you naturally reduce water retention without experiencing any side effects.
Discover how you can reduce fluid retention by using simple remedies like infusions, shakes or dry brushing.
Reduce Water Retention in a Matter of Hours
There are foods that lead to fluid retention and others that, on the other hand, help us get rid of excess fluid in the body when we’re feeling more bloated than usual.
The first step to reducing water retention is to remove the food or liquids that cause our body to retain fluids. The key is to reduce the amount of salt in our diet and all other foods that contain it in some way or another:
- Cured cheese.
- Lunchmeat and smoked meat.
- Canned food and pickles.
- Fries, olives, nuts with added salt and other snacks.
- Pizzas and other pre-cooked food.
1. Less Sodium and More Potassium
Table salt, which is sodium chloride, must be removed from our diet for good.
However, we can consume sea salt or sea water, in moderate quantities. This is because these contain other minerals, such as potassium, which help us maintain balance in our body.
To put it succinctly, we must completely avoid salt and consume foods rich in potassium, the moment we start to feel bloated. Such foods include:
- Nuts (pistachios, hazelnuts, almonds without salt)
2. For a Start…Drink Water
This tip seems contradictory, but drinking water helps us to flush liquids out of our body. There is, however, one condition to the way we drink water: we must drink it on an empty stomach.
If we drink it while eating or just after, this will achieve the opposite effect and we’ll become more bloated.
Start the day off by drinking two glasses of water before having breakfast. Moreover, you should drink at least two cups of water in the morning and two in the evening.
You will notice the positive effects of doing this in no time.
3. Prepare a Pear and Dandelion Shake
If you like shakes, we suggest you add two ingredients that have diuretic properties to yours: pear and dandelion. Both will help you reduce water retention, while also providing your body with minerals and helping liver functioning.
You can easily get dandelion in fields in certain areas of the country. If you can’t then you can buy it as a herb.
- 1 teaspoon of dandelion (10g)
- 1 cup of water (200ml)
- 1 pear
How to prepare it
- Heat up the water, and when it reaches boiling point, add the teaspoon of dandelion. Let this mix together for 10 minutes.
- After the indicated time, cool it and store it away.
- Peel the pear, take out its seeds and cut it in order to make it easier to blend.
- In the blending cup, add the dandelion mixture and the pear and then blend the mixture until you get a consistent texture.
4. Enjoy Some Watermelon Juice
Watermelon is an excellent fruit that helps you to reduce fluid retention, thanks to its high water content. Furthermore, it contains a low amount of calories and hydrates us well.
Moreover, it is a food rich in potassium and antioxidants.
One way that you can consume watermelon is by blending it, together with its seeds, and then drink it continuously throughout the week.
5. Celery and Onion Soup
Soups are great to eat on colder days. They not only have diuretic properties, but also cleanse our bodies of toxins.
In order for soup to help us combat water retention we must at least add celery and onion to it, as they are two of the most diuretic vegetables.
Furthermore, they give soup a delicious flavor. In fact, you can eat soup with celery and onion between meals and as a starter.
6. Horsetail and Green Tea Infusion
This infusion is one simple way to reduce fluid retention and can be drunk hot or cold. In addition, such infusions also help us to drink water if it takes great effort for us to adopt this habit.
Moreover, horsetail flushes liquids out of our body as well providing it with minerals, such as silicon. This makes us pee more frequently without losing minerals from our body.
Green tea is an indispensable drink, because besides being a diuretic it’s also a powerful antioxidant.
You can combine both these ingredients, or alternate between them. We recommend drinking them throughout the morning.
7. Dry Brushing
You only need a natural bristle brush to do this. It’s a method which causes lymphatic drainage and assists the removal of liquids from the body almost immediately.
You can dry brush your skin for 10 or 20 minutes. After this you will see that this method will improve your circulation and will leave your skin softer, besides making you want to pee if you’re bloated.