10 Foods That’ll Help You Defeat Swelling

We often go to sleep in great shape only to see a puffy-faced person looking at us from the mirror the next morning. In cases like these, we're always anxious to regain a healthy and attractive look as quickly as possible, particularly if we have an important date planned that day.

Fortunately, the staff of Bright Side has compiled a list of products that will help to solve this problem quickly and effectively!

10. Apples

Just 2-4 apples a day will make swelling a thing of the past. As a nice added bonus, apples are known to improve digestion, help reduce appetite, and protect the body from numerous diseases. They can be eaten raw or baked. Moreover, going on an apple-only diet 1-2 times a week will allow you to get rid of extra pounds.

9. Parsley

It's not just the curly "hairdo" that makes parsley stand out among other greens but also its marvelous diuretic properties. Having a parsley salad is guaranteed to remove swelling. It is important to know that parsley doesn't lose its useful properties even after freezing, drying, or long-term storage. It is low in calories and high in protein, which is essential when dieting.

8. Berries

Cherries, raspberries, and strawberries are rich in potassium and magnesium, which makes them effective at ridding the body of excess fluid. Eating these berries fresh while observing at least the most basic of healthy lifestyle rules (less salt/more exercise) will cause swelling to disappear for good.

7. Buckwheat

Not the tastiest of options, but having unsalted buckwheat cereal for dinner will make you look fresh in the morning. Definitely worth the unpleasantness!

6. Dried apricots

This product is perfect for relieving the body of all excesses, including water. Dried apricot compote can rid you of swelling in just a few hours. In addition, dried apricots provide a very tasty and healthy substitute to various teatime sweets — something that's certain to have a positive impact on your health and figure.

5. Cranberries

Cranberries are good for you, both fresh and dried. Also highly recommended is cranberry water without sugar or additives: it is very effective at reducing swelling. Cranberries rid the body of various harmful substances while nourishing it with a multitude of vitamins. This product is suitable for everyone, including pregnant women and children above the age of 3.

4. Cucumbers

An ordinary fresh cucumber brings a world of good to your body as a whole and your looks in particular. This vegetable is known to have a diuretic effect. Drinking freshly squeezed cucumber juice on an empty stomach is the perfect way to combat puffiness. In addition, cucumbers do wonders for the skin: cucumber masks give your face freshness and vitality.

3. Watermelons

No wonder watermelons are everyone's favorite! While not being too rich in vitamins, their cleansing effect on the body is beyond dispute. Watermelons are very efficient at removing all kinds of toxins, harmful substances, and, of course, swelling. But be careful to avoid extremes: experts recommend sticking to moderate portions (no more than 5.5 lbs of pulp per day).

2. Eggplants

Eggplants are wonderful assistants in your fight against puffiness. They rid the body of salts, which are the most frequent cause of fluid retention. Naturally, we are not talking about roasted eggplants — only stewed or baked ones. It is best to steer clear of overripe eggplants as they contain the alkaloid solanine which can easily cause poisoning.

1. Bell peppers

Bell peppers are delicious, beautiful, and high in potassium, which is essential for relieving the body of excess fluid. Red peppers are considered especially useful as they contain lycopene, a substance that prevents the formation of malignant tumors. To get rid of swelling, bell peppers are best eaten raw, although cooking doesn't do much harm to their medicinal properties either.

Introducing the foods from this list into your diet will not only provide a one-off remedy against swelling but also prevent it occurring in the future. This means no more horrors when looking in the mirror!


One of the best products to reduce swelling, help you sleep better, and burn fat is honey. It is composed of 80% natural sugar and 18% water. The remaining 2% are vitamins and minerals, as well as pollen and protein. Although honey has a high sugar content, it is not bad if you take it in moderate amounts. In fact, the vitamins and minerals present make it very healthy.

Based on materials from Marie Claire, HealFoods
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