Are you feeling uncomfortable? Do not fret! Keep on reading and you will find out what might be causing your body to be retaining water, but most importantly you will learn what are the top water retention remedies in order to return to your normal self.
What is Water Retention?
Edema or water retention means that there is too much water underneath the skin. In reality, numerous people suffer from water retention, especially women.
There are quite a lot of people that wake up in the morning with puffiness under the eyes. Some even have swollen legs in the afternoon.
Myriads of reasons out there that cause edema. Do not fret. I have got some really great solutions at the end, so read on.
Do You Have Any of These Symptoms?
1. Poor digestion or bloated stomach.
2. Body aches frequently.
3. Body feels heavy.
4. Women experience too much white discharge.
5. Super strong body odor (bad breath or foot odor).
6. Always feel sleepy, dizzy, and lazy, and like your head is wrapped with a wet towel.
7. Keep getting pimples.
8. White tongue.
9. Face, arms, feet, ankles, legs, and the whole body appear swollen.
If you do have 1 or 2 or more symptoms described above, do not be afraid. I have already got my secret weapons ready to help you suck all the water out of your body!
Before we destroy edema, we need to understand some of the most common causes. Once you know its’ weaknesses, it will be so much easier to crush it!
8 Common Causes Of Edema (Water Retention)
The reason why you are suffering from water retention might be one of the following:
1. Poor Blood Circulation
If you spend most of your waking time working with your butt glued to the chair or standing for too long, you will have poor circulation in the legs.
What you can do is be well rested. Before you hit the hay, raise your legs straight up and rest them against a wall for a couple of minutes. Do this consistently and before long the swollen legs will vanish into thin air.
2. Craving Salt And Sugar
Sometimes you wake up in the morning, and you can not help but shout due to what you see in the mirror. What happens? Your entire body is swollen like a balloon.
Why? You most likely eat too much salty food the previous night or you just wolf down sugary food too frequently or you are a huge fan of both foods.
Normally, this situation happens more often to women than men.
3. Sleep Deprivation
Catch some z’s! You will look younger if you can sleep like a log every night. Aim to sleep 7 to 8 hours per night. When you are asleep, some moisture will leave your body. How? Through breathing.
This helps reduce annoying water weight. Conversely, poor sleep leads to high levels of cortisol, leading to water retention.
One of the most effective ways to sleep like a dog is to have someone gently scratch your back. Trust me. You will fall asleep quickly and drool in your sleep.
4. A Weak Heart
When you walk or do some light activity, you experience a shortness of breath. That is because the heart muscle contraction is weak and the blood can not be successfully transported back to the heart.
A weak heart function = water retention
Let’s turn a weak heart into a strong one by reducing foods that cause inflammation and moving our beautiful body regularly.
Most importantly, treat yourself to a massage because you will be able to sleep better, handle stress well, and ultimately have a robust heart.
5. Poor Liver Function
If your liver is unhealthy, its ability to produce proteins will decrease, and then the water in the blood vessels will not flow normally. That is exactly what causes water retention.
In order to make sure your liver is well taken care of, do not stay up late, eat nutrient dense whole foods, stop pigging out, cut back on oil, stay in a good mood, work out and hydrate the body.
Now it is time to roll up our sleeves and go pick up some fresh fruits that protect our liver. Let’s get strawberries, tangerines, pears, plums, and tomatoes.
6. Kidney Disease
Kidneys are responsible for eliminating waste products, excess water, toxins, and drugs through the urine. Imagine if this function deteriorates, our body will retain too much water.
What is the quickest way to improve and strengthen our kidneys? Just drink enough water.
Now go drink some water and then I will fly you to a mysterious mountain to dig some treasure that will make your gorgeous kidneys happy! Let’s hit the road!
Treasure: black sesame, black fungus, black rice, black beans, walnuts, red chili, mulberries, lotus seeds, lychee, garlic, apples, broccoli, and cabbage.
Many women get water retention before or during their periods. Some even experience sore, swollen breasts.
These symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalance, which slows down the metabolism. That is why our body ends up holding too much water and too many waste products.
The good news is that I have got some wonderful solutions to help you de-bloat when you are on your period. Now let’s get inside this magnificent temple to find some cure.
Goodies: red beans, job’s tears, spinach, raisins, mung beans, and winter melon (wax gourd).
Water retention is normal and common during pregnancy. The extra fluid is needed to soften the body because it has to be expanded so the baby can grow.
Relax! I am going to share with you some great tips that can help you minimize pregnancy swelling.
1. Have a massage therapists massage your beautiful legs and feet. After that, you can soak your legs and feet in a hot spring.
2. Have a fitness gurus will show you some mild workouts, like yoga and swimming.
3. Buy a luxury mattress and just rest your beautiful body and sleep.
4. Pick some maternity clothes that are not too tight
5. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
6. Always hydrate your body.
Now we have learned some common causes, so it is time for us to take massive action to crush edema.
First of all, I am going to share with you 5 tips on how to knock out water retention. Second of all, you are going to learn what drinks can help you prevent it. Finally, there is this one method no one knows about that will blow your mind.
Top 5 Water Retention Remedies
Try the following remedies to help you recuperate faster!
1. Walk Walk Walk
Walking improves your blood circulation and tones your legs. Honestly, you must build some strength, so there is no room for extra water to build up.
Make some time to walk every day. If you work a sedentary job, get up to do some stretches every hour. Walk to the coffee machine to brew coffee or step out of the office to get some fresh air and say hello to singing birdies.
By the way, wearing compression socks help as well.
2. Organize A Healthy Daily Routine
Try not to spread yourself too thin and avoid staying up. Prioritize what’s important. Put first things first.
Burning the midnight oil leads to poor blood circulation in the eyes, which in turn causes water retention under your eyes.
The bottom line is that do not burn yourself out. Now close your eyes and put your feet up. Let your hair down and go mimis.
3. Cut Back On Alcohol
Imagine that you are at a restaurant where it offers all-you-can-drink alcohol. You only need to pay 3 bucks to drink all kinds of top shelf alcohol.
You feel on top of the world, so you decide to go on a binge. You do not drink water or other fluids because your mission is to drink like a fish.
After a while, you feel like your bladder is going to explode and you keep running to the toilet to pee. Your body is dehydrated and now it has to retain water to make up for the loss. That is where edema comes in.
If you drink too much the previous night and wake up the next morning with a puffy face, what you can do is quickly drink some water and then wash your face alternating the flow of water from hot to cold and from cold to hot.
4. Watch Your Salt Intake
Salt makes everything taste good and it also makes your tongue happy. That is why so many people are drawn to salty meals, snacks, and processed foods like instant noodles.
In fact, high salt intake can cause puffiness in your body, so decreasing sodium intake can help rid your body of water retention.
Plus, there are so many healthy, organic salt-free seasoning blends that you can choose from and they will make your tongue even happier!
To learn more about the consequences of consuming too much salt, and how it is preventing you from losing weight click here.
5. Power Foods That Eradicate Edema
If your body does not have enough calcium, potassium, and magnesium, then chances are you may suffer from edema.
In order to fight water retention, feed your belly with watermelons, winter melons, cucumbers, bananas, kiwis, spinach, tofu, red beans, and pumpkins.
These drinks should help you out. Give them a try!
1. Lemon Water
Lemon water can hydrate your body and help you start your day off right!
2. Ginger Tea
Ginger can easily heat your body up and help improve blood circulation. Therefore, when your body is warm, it will not retain excess water.
Add some organic brown sugar and hot black tea to make the ginger tea taste even better. Sip and enjoy!
Do not forget to drink enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day!
Most of people throw away their tea bags after they are done drinking the tea because they do not know that tea bags have magic power!
If you have dark undereye circles or puffy eyes, you can put your warm used tea bags on your eyes and leave them there for about 3 minutes, the darkness and puffiness will gradually go away. Do this for several days until the symptoms are gone.
So to recap, the water retention remedies you can put into practice right now are: take a walk to improve your blood circulation, relax and have a good night’s sleep, don’t drink alcohol for the time being, no salt on your food, and eat as many power foods listed above as you can.