Fight Fluid Retention with Banana Smoothies

· November 1, 2015
Did you know that bananas can help you fight fluid retention? In spite of their bad reputation, it’s been shown that bananas combined with other foods can actually speed up your metabolism.

For years people have avoided eating bananas and plantains due to rumors that have spread saying they inhibit weight loss. But more recent studies have shown that bananas can be a great addition to any diet, providing lots of essential nutrients and packing a lot of potassium, which is a key mineral for fighting fluid retention.

Why are bananas good for weight loss and fighting fluid retention?

Fluid retention is a common problem that’s often caused by hormonal factors, whether in adolescence, during pregnancy or menopause, or in women who use birth control pills. It can also be caused by a poor diet, having excess sodium in the body, hypothyroidism, or heart and liver disorders. Fluid retention causes parts of the body to swell, creating a feeling of heaviness and preventing proper organ function.

Potassium is an important mineral that helps the body remove excess liquids. Precisely for this reason, eating bananas is recommended because they contain up to 450 mg of this mineral, depending on the size of the fruit. In addition to this benefit, bananas can also speed up your metabolism when combined with “fat-burning” foods like spinach, flaxseeds, blueberries, and ginger, among others.

This fruit is also a source of energy for the body thanks to its high content of glucose, fructose, and sucrose. It contains vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, silica, and iron. It also provides important health benefits and contributes to healthy weight loss while helping to retain the elasticity of tissue and muscle, detoxify the blood, prevent high blood pressure, and aid in digestion.

Banana smoothies that burn fat and fight fluid retention

2 chop bananas
Bananas, with all their beneficial properties, make an excellent basic ingredient for making smoothies that burn fat and fight fluid retention. Combined with other ingredients you’ll get some weight loss and energy drinks that you can add to your daily diet.

Banana and flaxseed smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup orange juice (200 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed (30 g)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (20 g)

How do you make it?

Add all the ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. This smoothie is best served cold, preferably with breakfast.

Banana smoothie with berries

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup blueberries or raspberries (250 g)
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger (15 g)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (25 g)
  • ½ cup warm water (120 ml)

How do you make it?

Add all ingredients to a blender and process for a few minutes. Drink this smoothie as a substitute for breakfast.

Banana smoothie with spinach

3 banana smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 200 g of fresh spinach
  • ½ cup lowfat yogurt (120 g)
  • 1/3 cup cereal (15 g)
  • 1 tablespoon honey

How do you make it?

Blend all ingredients together until smooth. This is ideal as a breakfast substitute.

Banana and strawberry smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 5 strawberries
  • ½ cup lowfat yogurt (120g)
  • 2 cups skim milk (480 ml)
  • Ice cubes

How do you make it?

Blend all ingredients for a few minutes and drink this smoothie while it’s cold. You can make this delicious shake on a hot day, or as breakfast or a snack.

Banana, oats, and chia smoothie

4 banana milkshake

  • 1 ripe banana
  • ¼ cup uncooked oats (22 g)
  • ½ cup almond milk (125 g)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chia seeds (22 g)
  • 5 drops vanilla extract
  • A pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice

How do you make it?

Process all ingredients in a blender until you obtain a creamy liquid. This delicious smoothie is ideal at breakfast, because in addition to fighting fluid retention it also improves digestion, activates your metabolism, and helps you be in a better mood throughout the day by eliminating constant food cravings.