One-Day Detox Plan to Eliminate Retained Fluids in Just a Few Hours

Quickly and effectively eliminate retained fluids by combining diuretic teas and foods with some sweat-inducing physical activity. Learn how in this article!

Did you wake up bloated? Do you want to rid your body of retained fluids as fast as possible?

It’s not uncommon to wake up with your face, eyelids, belly, or legs swollen, along with the discomfort, heavy feeling, and look of extra weight that comes along with fluid retention.

Find out here how you can fix the problem first thing in the morning in just a few hours by following these health and diet tips.

Eliminate salt

Salt is necessary for your body, as long as it is high-quality like sea salt or Himalayan salt, and as long as you have it in small amounts.

But if you want to get rid of retained fluids quickly you have to completely cut it out of your diet until the swelling goes down. This means:

  • Not sprinkling salt onto your plate.
  • Substituting it with salt water or natural seasonings (lemon, vinegar, mustard, herbs, spices). Salt water does contain some salt, but helps balance your fluids.

Be very careful with foods that have very high but hidden salt content. Some examples include:

  • Cheese
  • Cold cuts
  • Sauces
  • French fries or chips
  • Salted nuts
  • Frozen or prepared food

Increase your potassium intake

Potassium, unlike sodium, is a mineral that actually helps you get rid of accumulated fluids in your body. Therefore, it should be a part of your diet not just on detox day, but regularly.

Some potassium-rich foods we recommend are:


  • Tomato
  • Pumpkin
  • Celery
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Coconut
  • Guava
  • Kiwi
  • Banana

One good option is to start your day with a smoothie made from bananas, coconut, and kiwi, sweetened with stevia.

You could also make a salad out of tomatoes, pumpkin, celery, and asparagus, seasoned with garlic, vinegar, oregano, and olive oil.

Having water or detoxifying drinks in the morning will also help extend your nighttime fast, which will allow your body to focus on performing its natural diuretic processes.

Drink water to eliminate retained fluids

It may seem like a paradox, but drinking water actually helps you flush accumulated fluids out of your body because it activates your kidneys.

However, make sure to drink high-quality water and, if possible, make it low-sodium.

If it’s hard to get in your 8 cups of water a day, try water flavored with lemon, fruit peels, fresh herbs, or a few drops of stevia.

Diuretic teas

Since you’re trying to fix the problem fast, drinking medicinal teas with diuretic abilities will help the detox process. Here are a few:

  • Common horsetail: This is one of the most powerful diuretics out there, and thus should be taken only for a short period, not all the time.
  • Dandelion: This herb is a great idea because it doesn’t just work on your kidneys but also your liver, making it an effective overall detox.
  • Burdock: Burdock encourages the elimination of fluids via urine and sweat.
  • Nettle: This plant supports your kidneys, clears up skin blemishes, and is great for anemia due to its iron content.

Dry brushing

Dry brushing is a technique that is useful for fighting cellulite and for toning your skin. It is a way to flush your body that makes you need to urinate almost immediately.

How do I do it?

All you need is a dry body brush. Use it to massage or rub from the soles of your feet, always towards your heart.

Don’t forget your back. If you can’t do it yourself, find someone to help you out.

Do vigorous exercise

Another way to get rid of extra fluid in your body is through your sweat by doing medium-intensity exercise.

Doing intervals is popular and serves this purpose, too. What it consists of is high-intensity exercise with several seconds of rest, repeating this a certain number of times.

This will get your metabolism going, burn a lot of calories, and get you sweating.

To enhance the sweating effect, you can have some ginger too, a root that also activates your metabolism.

Give it a try!