Many people encounter puffy eyelids in the morning, when waking up. Others have them frequently throughout the day. It is important to know that puffy eyelids are not just an aesthetic issue. In fact, they often reveal that kidneys and liver are overloaded. In general, puffy eyelids can give you an unhealthy and tired look, although they can also indicate underlying health issues that you should be aware of.
In this article we talk about some natural remedies for puffy eyelids and also provide some recommendations to help balance the kidney and liver processes.
With a poor diet, excess consumption of fatty and fried foods, your kidneys can become overloaded and the body can not eliminate excess fluids properly. This can lead to fluid retention in different parts of our body, like the legs, face or eyelids. When you wake up one day with swollen eyelids, we recommend consuming onion broth only, until the body can remove this excess liquid.
To prepare it, you can boil two onions in a half liter of water for thirty minutes and let it rest another 10 minutes. It is preferable not to add salt, although you could add a splash of seawater, which despite having a salty taste helps to regulate body fluids thanks to all the minerals it contains. Seawater can be purchased in natural and herbal shops, and in some supermarkets. In this broth, you could also add celery. Other alternatives would be infusions of horsetail, which also has a potent diuretic function.
When it is our liver that is overloaded, since our organs are all related to each other, this can cause the kidneys to work more and ultimately lead to swollen eyelids. Therefore we recommend try to cleansing your liver from time to time. Here is an example of a menu for one day to cleanse the liver, which you can do once a week, a month, or whenever you feel the need:
- Before breakfast: A glass of warm water, the juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
- Breakfast: A fruit smoothie with a vegetable drink, nuts, brewer’s yeast.
- Brunch: Infusion of milk thistle and dandelion optionally sweetened with stevia
- Lunch: Green salad with avocado, brown rice, lentils
- Afternoon: infusion of milk thistle and dandelion optionally sweetened with stevia. Baked apple with cinnamon and honey
- Dinner: vegetable cream with oatmeal and a simple omelet
It is important that you have dinner early, as late dinners contribute to overloading the liver.
Cucumber, both consumed or applied, is a great diuretic, ideal for treating fluid retention. Besides consuming cucumber in salads or juices, we recommend spending about a half hour with two slices of cucumber on your eyelids. After fifteen or twenty minutes you can take them off and wash your face with cold water.
Raw potato is a great anti-inflammatory treatment, and if we do not have cucumber, we can also choose to put two slices of raw potato on our closed eyelids for at least 20 minutes.
Chamomile tea bags
This is another remedy to place on eyelids for a while, which also helps ease congestions of the eyes when they are red and irritated. Chamomile tea bags that have been used can be put in the freezer and applied on our closed eyes when they are already very cold. Moreover, the pleasant sensation helps us relax later in the day.
Drinking a lot of water
We should not forget that the best way to remove fluid and help the kidneys is by drinking water throughout the day. Remember that warm or room temperature water is more beneficial for our body than cold water, and that we should drink it between meals. If it is difficult for us to drink water, we can add a little lemon juice and stevia, so it will be much more appetizing.
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