Water retention can often be very painful due to the swellings in the feet and torso. If something like this happened to you at some point, you are familiar with how uncomfortable it can be.
This condition can occur because of a number of different reasons such as physical inactivity, pregnancy, consuming too much salt, problems with the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, and the kidneys.
Not only the swellings can cause you an immense pain, but they can also result in stiff joints, high pulse and blood pressure, gaining extra weight and so on.
As usual, we will suggest ten natural remedies that will help you deal with this problem and reduce the swellings it causes.
10 Natural Remedies to Reduce Water Retention
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon Juice helps with removing the extra liquids, all the waste, and toxins out of the body.
How to use: Just squeeze half a lemon into a cup of warm water, sweeten with honey (optional), and drink the mixture. Consume every day for several days.
Parsley is considered to be the most powerful natural remedy when it comes to dealing with water retention.
How to use: Add several teaspoons of dried parsley in a cup of water, and then put it to boil. Let it cool for around 10 minutes or so, and then drink it as a tea 3 times per day. Adding a little bit of lemon juice will enrich the taste, as well as its benefits.
3. Epsom Salts
A relaxing bath with Epsom salt lowers the bloating of the tummy, as well as water retention problems, through a process known as reverse osmosis. This process involves removal of excess fluids and toxins from the body.
How to use: Add 2 cups of Epsom salts into a warm bath, and enjoy soaking in it for 15 to 20 minutes. It is a relaxing, soothing, and calming bath. Do this at least 3 times a week.
The compounds found in onions help purify the blood and stimulate urine production, thus preventing kidney stones.
How to use: Put 4 cups of water in a pan, add several peeled onions, sprinkle with salt and boil them. Consume this drink 3 times a day for several days.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar reduces the amounts of sodium in the organism, an element which keeps the water in the body.
How to use: Put a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and consume this potion 2 times a day. To increase its outcomes, add a bonus tablespoon of ACV into the water.
Furthermore, you can dip your feet into hot water with apple cider vinegar for around 10 minutes. It will tranquilize swollen feet and stop bad odor.
6. Stinging Nettle Root
Stinging nettle root triggers the production of urine, and therefore helps with the removal of unnecessary water.
How to use: In a cup filled with warm water, put 1 teaspoon of nettle root. Wait for it to cool, and then drink this a few times a day.
7. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds are considered to be an efficient diuretic which triggers increased produce of urine and it helps the kidneys with processing sodium and water. It also obstructs toxic matters to pile up in the organism and it helps with digestion.
How to use: Add 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds in a cup of water and boil it. Cover it and wait for it to cool off for around 10 minutes. Drink this remedy 3 times a day.
Studies have shown that dandelion stimulates the produce of urine in the organism, while it reduces the amounts of sodium because dandelions are actually rich with potassium. It’s high in magnesium too, and that helps with lowering premenstrual swelling.
How to use: Add 1 teaspoon of dry dandelion leaves in a cup of warm water, let it boil around 10 minutes, strain it, and drink it a few times a day.
You can also use dandelion pills, but we advise you to consult with your doctor before you decide to take them or start consuming this tea, as dandelion might interfere with some drugs.
9. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice accelerates the production of urine. It’s rich in potassium, magnesium, and calcium.
How to use: 1 cup of sugarless cranberry juice per day, or cranberry pills as an alternative.
10. Essential Oils
Essential oils and aromatherapy stimulate the drainage of liquids by triggering the lymphatic system.
How to use: Add around 20 drops of a certain essential oil to your bathtub. Relax and soak in the bath for around 10-15 minutes, and repeat this at least 3 times a week. If you want the highest benefits, consider cypress, juniper and geranium oils.
If you’re experiencing an unpleasant water retention condition, consider changing your food regimen by implementing diuretic foods (for example cucumbers, watermelon, celery, bananas, cabbage, watercress, and pineapples – these also enhance the produce of urine).
Also, don’t forget to consume big amounts of water to avoid feeling dehydrated, workout frequently, and lower your alcohol and salts use.
Note: We advise you to consult with your doctor before you try any of these natural remedies.