How to Treat Water Retention and Stop It From Returning
Have you noticed deep marks from not-so-tight socks on your feet in the evenings? Has your weight sharply increased without reason? Are there edemas, cellulitis, or bags under your eyes? These may be symptoms of the accumulation of excess fluid in your body, which is an unpleasant syndrome. It’s necessary to consult a doctor to exclude diseases that can also be accompanied by edemas, such as kidney disease and circulatory system or metabolic disorders.
We’ve already written about common reasons for swelling here. Today Bright Side has collected the most useful information that may help you to treat water retention.
10. Eat more citrus fruits.
You can remove swelling with citrus. The main thing is not to consume too much in order to avoid allergies. It’s recommended that you eat citrus fruits at least 4 hours before bedtime.
9. Try a contrast shower.
Another solution to get rid of water retention is a contrast shower. Massage your body with a stream of water from the bottom up, along the lymph flow. Avoid very hot and icy temperatures, and choose something in the middle. Warm and cold — such a temperature regime is ideal for blood vessels and lymphatic drainage.
8. Include protein in your diet.
In the treatment of water retention, an important role is played by a healthy diet that includes sufficient quantities of proteins of animal origin: meat, eggs, milk, cheese, cottage cheese, and fish.
7. To avoid water retention...drink more water.
It may seem controversial, but abundant drinking also helps to remove excess fluid from the body. When our body begins to lack water, it takes preventive measures, trying to stop further loss and retain the water it already has. This leads to a violation of the water balance and swelling.
6. Replace salt with herbs and garlic.
It is necessary for our bodies to maintain the optimum balance of water-salt levels for the realization of normal activity. Excess salt intake is one of the biggest causes of water retention. If you want to diversify the taste of a dish, it’s better to add herbs or garlic.
5. Eat foods high in magnesium.
The human body needs magnesium for the efficient work of the genitourinary system and prevention of the formation of kidney stones. Include in your diet cacao, buckwheat, almonds, cashews, rice, spinach, oat flakes, and avocados.
4. Be more active! Swim, cycle, and walk.
To get rid of swelling in the legs or at least reduce discomfort, you need to lead an active lifestyle and exercise regularly. Biking, walking, and swimming are activities that are suitable for almost everyone and don’t burden the joints. Try to start with at least 15 minutes a day, and you’ll see the results.
3. Give yourself a brush massage.
Master the art of the dry brush body massage — it works better than any scrub! The bristles delicately exfoliate dead skin particles, and, after a couple of sessions, skin becomes radiant and smooth. The procedure activates blood circulation and accelerates lymph, thereby triggering the process of skin renewal and making the swelling go away. A massage can last from 3 to 8 minutes, and it’s better to do a little bit every day. The main thing is to massage along the lines of the lymph flow, as shown in the picture.
2. Drink parsley tea and cranberry juice instead of coffee.
Сurly parsley leaves help remove excess water from the body and accelerate the removal of swelling. Eating a parsley salad in the evening will save you from a bloated appearance in the morning. During the day, you can drink tea made from parsley.
Here’s a good recipe for parsley tea: Finely chop up 50 g of parsley and boil it in 250 ml of water for a couple of minutes. After removing it from the heat, the tea should be infused for 30 minutes. Then filter it and consume a tablespoon of it before meals several times a day.
Cranberries are an excellent source of magnesium, so the juice from this berry will allow you to look in the mirror and not see water retention.
1. Cut out sweets.
Sweets and an excess of carbohydrates may cause swelling and excess weight. Therefore, it’s better to give up cookies and chocolates and replace them with berries.
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