Do you experience symptoms of water retention? Build up of fluids in the body, especially in hands, feet, ankles and legs is quite common in adults. It occurs in the circulatory system or within tissues and cavities. Many women also experience water retention during pregnancy or before their menstrual cycle. If you are concerned, you should see a doctor as it can be a sign of a more serious condition.
There are also natural ways you can reduce water retention. If the swelling is mild without an underlying condition, try these methods!
Dandelion root has a natural diuretic effect, allowing your body to cleanse out toxins. Natural diuretics can help reduce water retention by encouraging the body to exude water more often. You should consult your doctor before drinking dandelion tea as it could interfere with some medications.
Water flushes out your kidneys and entire digestive system, hydrates your body and brain. Drinking plenty of water causes you to release more water through excretion, which reduces water retention. Hydration is key to a lot of health issues so make sure you drink your eight glasses a day for optimum health.
Avoid excess salt
Foods with excess sodium such as potato chips, salted nuts and processed meats can result in water retention. Your body only needs a certain amount of salt per day in order to function effectively. The unnecessary salt creates issues within the body so it’s best to avoid it. When cooking, replace salt with natural herbs and spices such as ginger, garlic, black pepper or chilli.
Increase your magnesium intake
Magnesium is a very important mineral for your body. It helps, create energy, form protein, increase muscle movement and regular the nervous system. Magnesium can help reduce premenstrual syndrome symptoms such as water retention, abdominal cramps, tiredness and irritability. Foods rich in magnesium include pumpkin seeds, boiled spinach, dark chocolate and quinoa.