How to relieve water retention?

70% of the human body is made up of water. The body tends to hang on to that water if the hydration level is not balanced, and buildup an excess of fluid in the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body. This is what we call “Water Retention”.


Are you suffering from water retention?

If you are dealing with 1 or more following symptoms(1):

  • bloating
  • have swollen legs, feet, ankles or hands
  • aching
  • stiff joints
  • weight fluctuations
  • indentations in the skin when pressure is applied


What causes Water Retention?

  • Air travel: Changes of cabin pressure and sitting for too long may cause your body to hold on to water. Humidity level in plane is very and the body has a tendency to hang on to its stores to balance.
  • Eating too much sodium rich food: avoid or at least reduce your table salt consumption, processed foods and soft drinks.
  • Hormonal changes
  • Hot weather: In warm temperature our body tends to be less efficient in removing fluid from the tissues.


Some plants, can be diuretics and help relieve water retention

  • Couchgrass: Diuretic properties to help to eliminate. Favouring renal elimination, it is used more generally in water retention problems such as oedema.
  • Heather: It is thought to be good for inflammation of the urinary passages.
  • White nettle: Remineralizing and restorative. Supplies minerals that can support urinary function.
  • Cranberry: Have properties known to help maintain a comfortable urinary function.

The synergy of those 4 plants helps to relieve water retention in a natural way. Changing your lifestyle can also make the difference, here are some tips(3):

  • Eliminate salt
  • Increase the consumption of seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Drink at least 2 liters of water a day
  • Have a daily sport activity and stretch after activities
  • Avoid processed food and sugar
  • Reduce the intake of medication and choose natural remedies


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Sources:
[1] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/187978.php
[2] https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/Fluid-retention-oedema
https://www.healthline.com/health/water-retention#symptoms
[3] https://shawellnessclinic.com/en/shamagazine/diuretic-plants-for-fluid-retention/

 

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