In case you are often complaining about feeling really bloated and having so swollen feet that you are unable to put your shoes on, you probably suffer from edema, a condition which is commonly known as water or fluid retention.
Fluid retention refers to excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues. It can affect many parts of the body but it usually occurs in the feet and legs. The main causes for fluid/water retention are the vitamin deficiency, high blood pressure, poor circulation, lack of exercise, allergies, hot weather, heart problems, high sodium intake, thyroid disorders, stress, oral contraceptives, exposure to high altitudes, lung disease, pregnancy, certain medications, menstruation, liver disease, and venous insufficiency (a problem with blood flow from the veins in the legs back to the heart).
Home Remedies For Water Retention
The main problems associated with water retention are the swelling and puffiness in the affected body parts. In addition, it may also cause increased blood pressure and pulse rate, weight change, stiff joints, and bloated feeling.
Keep reading and learn about the top 4 home remedies for fluid/water retention:
The lemon juice is an excellent ingredient that flushes out both excess fluid and toxins from your body.
Mix 2 tbsp of lemon juice in a cup of warm water. Feel free to sweeten it with honey. Drink the solution. Take the remedy once on daily basis for a few days or until there is an improvement visible.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV replenishes potassium in the body to reduce sodium levels, which in turn relieves water retention.
Add 1 tsp of ACV to a glass of water, and drink twice on daily basis. Gradually, you can increase the dosage of apple cider vinegar up to 2 tbsp per glass. In case you have fluid retention in your legs, soak your feet in a warm foot bath made of equal parts of ACV and warm water for 10 minutes. This bath will reduce foot odor as well.
According to a 2009 study which was published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, dandelion has diuretic properties. These properties make dandelion an excellent solution for eliminating excess water from the body. In addition, it is rich in potassium, which also helps reduce sodium levels in the body. Being rich in magnesium make it a great tool for relieving pre-menstrual bloating.
You can take dandelion tincture or dandelion supplements (500 mg 1-3 times on daily basis). However, the best would be to make your own dandelion tea: Steep 1 tsp of dried dandelion herb into a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and drink the tea up to three times daily.
Note: Consult your doctor prior staring any herbal remedy, such as dandelion tea, as it may interfere with certain drugs.
One of the best home remedies to relieve water retention and bloated tummy is the Epsom salt bath. It removes excess water and toxins from the body through reverse osmosis. Moreover, this bath will calm the nerves and soothe sore muscles.
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