Some people tend to retain more fluids than others, while others suffer from fluid retention at times due to being overweight, pregnancy, heat, menopause, and other factors. Here are some natural remedies that, if followed daily, will help you eliminate excess fluids in under a month.
There are two great fruits that help you eliminate fluids:
- Grapefruit: This is a very effective fruit for preventing fluid retention. It is also very useful for people that want to cleanse their body, care for their liver, and lose weight because grapefruits help dissolve fat.
- Watermelon: Because of its high water content, it is a great diuretic. Over 90% of its weight is water. It also only has 20 calories for every 100 grams.
Drink one to three natural juices with one of these two fruits a day without mixing them. If you want to sweeten it, do so with a little bit of stevia.
You can choose one fruit over the other, or alternate them. We offer you these two options because you mainly eat watermelon in hot weather. On the other hand, grapefruit is more easily found in winter. If you can’t find either of the two, you can have essential grapefruit oil (make sure that it’s for oral use when you buy it). Drink a drop every morning mixed with a little bit of honey or oil.
You can find onions all year around, although in winter, you will enjoy soups more because they are hot. Onions favor excess fluid elimination in the body. Boil two or three onions in a liter and a half of water for a half hour. Eat the broth between meals or even a half hour before eating. You can add a little bit of sea salt to season it.
If you have fluid accumulation in your feet and legs especially, you can also do foot baths with horsetail and rosemary. Boil a liter of water for 5 to 10 minutes with 2 tablespoons of horsetail and 2 tablespoons of rosemary. Remove from the flame, let sit for 10 minutes, strain and add in a half tablespoon of salt. When the liquid is lukewarm you can soak your feet for 15 to 30 minutes.
Cold Showers for Your Legs
When you are taking a shower, turn the temperature of the water down and follow these steps with the shower head:
- Go up the outside of the right leg
- Go down the inside of the right leg
- Go up the outside of the left leg
- When you get to the to of your knee, go to the right leg and go back to the left leg and continue going down
- If you can, do the same with the back of your legs. You don’t need to switch between knees.
When you dry off your legs, use a rough towel and massage your skin a little from bottom to top.
You can make an ointment for your legs that you can apply once you get out of the shower. Mix in a gel base, which can be your normal moisturizing cream, aloe gel, or vegetable oil (almond, sesame, olive, etc.) and add a few drops of one or a few of the following essential oils:
- Witch hazel
Gently massage your legs with this mixture, from bottom to top, making circles with closed fists.
Sleep with Your Feet Up
In order to prevent bad circulation in your legs and excess fluids in your feet, a very simple remedy consists of putting a pillow underneath your calves when you go to bed. You can also out your feet up a half an hour before going to bed by putting them on the wall, for example, in the shape of the letter L. You can do this last exercise during the day, whenever you have some free time, especially if you spend the majority of your day sitting down or standing up.
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