Water retention also known as edema, whether generic or localized, is a condition in which the body muscles and other tissues tend to hold water. As a result there is excessive swelling, and in acute cases, can also lead to joint pains.
There are several reasons for edema, some as simple as; PMS, over-eating or not having sufficient water, while there can also be some serious causes for edema like; kidney malfunction or liver, heart or thyroid problems. Fortunately, there are many easy and natural cures for water retention available.
Best Natural Cures For Water Retention
Use Ice Packs
Applying ice packs or frozen vegetables in the swollen area help subsiding the swelling. During summers, you can also try to soak your legs in ice water, to help them get to their normal size.Precautionary note for people with diabetes or with poor blood circulation: to avoid using ice water without the physician’s advice.
Eat Bananas For Effect
Bananas have a high potassium content, which helps to drain extra fluid from the body. So make it a practice to have at least a banana a day. You can slice it and add it to your cereals or salad, or can eat it plain.
Diuretic Food Helps
Consume food products with natural Diuretic properties to avoid water retention. Some of the food items with diuretic properties are Dandelion, Funnel, Cabbage, Celery, Rosemary, Parsley, etc. You can have these food items in a variety of ways like, eating them plain, adding them to cereals or salads or for some items like rosemary, you should steep it in warm water and have it as an herbal tea.
Eat Yogurt For Help
Yogurt/curd helps improve digestion and increases the good bacteria in the body, which helps in combating water retention, especially if it is as a result of over-eating.
If you are a water baby, then you can enjoy exercising in a pool or your bath, or even better, go for deep sea diving. This will help in building a pressure which forces the extra fluids out of the muscles, into the bladder, and thus out of your system.
Salt absorbs water, thus leading to increased water retention. So minimize your salt intake, instead you can use other spices to add a zing to your dishes.
Any form of workout, be it brisk walk, jogging, exercising or dancing, increases the body temperatures causing it to sweat, thus eliminating excess water out. Working out also helps to have better blood and fluid circulation in the body; which altogether prevents water retention to occur in the first place.
Massaging the swollen area gently is also one of the best natural cures for water retention which not only subsides swelling, but also has a calming effect. You can use massaging oils like lavender, lemon, juniper, rosemary, etc. for better results.
Elevate Your Legs
Elevating your legs helps ease out the extra water in the affected area. Let gravity plays in part in helping to get over water retention in the body. Also while sleep, keep a pillow under your feet.