Feeling bloated, swollen and puffy? You are not alone! There is probably not a woman who has not experienced water retention before her period. Many pregnant women also experience swollen feet due to fluid accumulation. Gravity makes this condition worse as the fluids accumulate in the lower limbs making shoes tight. Water retention is also responsible for baggy, puffy and swollen eyes and eyelids. Let us study some water retention remedies that work fast an effectively to reduce the bloated look.
1. Apple cider vinegar
Consume a tablespoon of organic, raw ‘mother’ apple cider vinegar to throw out excess fluid from the limbs. Sip on organic apple cider vinegar 2 to 3 times a day. Pregnant women must check with their doctor first before using this apple cider water retention remedy. One can also start their day by drinking apple cider vinegar on empty stomach. Take organic, raw ACV and add some honey or juice to it.
2. Avoid salty food
Eat a protein rich diet if you tend to suffer from fluid retention. You must also focus on healthy fats like avocados, almonds, olives, walnuts etc. Do not eat salty food since salt retains water leading to puffiness. Follow this remedy to get rid of water retention in body, overnight. Also curb your alcohol intake which aggravates the puffy look. Try eating your meals 2 hours before bedtime. Women need to avoid salty foods and refined flours before their period.
Nettle is a wonderful herb to relieve fluid retention. Pour a cup of boiling water over 1 tbsp of dried nettle leaves and steep for 5 minutes. Drink this tea 2-3 times a day to get rid of water retention in stomach.
Lovage or Levisticum officinale is a spice similar to fennel. It relieves gas and fluid retention. Chop the root fine and pour boiling water over it. Steep to make a tea and drink it 2-3 times a day as a diuretic.
5. Corn silk
Put a teaspoon of dried corn silk in a cup of water, boil and strain. Drink this tea several times a day to avoid fluid retention.
Dandelion is an effective herbal diuretic that can help you get rid of water retention overnight. This herb works on the kidneys and encourages them to throw away excess fluid. Drink 2-3 cups of dandelion tea.
7. Castor oil
Add a couple of teaspoons of castor oil to warm milk and drink it up at night before bedtime. This remedy will prevent constipation and reduce water retention in face, overnight.
Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and also has diuretic properties. Eat turmeric powder by adding it to soups, stews and broths. You can also drink warm milk mixed with turmeric and honey-a great remedy to reduce water retention in stomach and face and also get rid of coughs and colds.
9. Eat potassium rich fruits
Potassium balances the electrolytes in blood and helps remove excess fluid from the stomach. So eat potassium rich foods like bananas, avocados, oranges, poultry, milk, yogurt, etc. Also eat celery, watermelon and asparagus which balance electrolytes thanks to their water content.
Regular exercise is a must to reduce water retention in legs. Walk or swim daily to reduce water accumulation in stomach and legs. You can also do strength training, weights, and aerobics or simply dance to prevent water from accumulating in cells and cavities.
11. Keep legs elevated
If your legs swell up at night due to fluid accumulation, keep them elevated by placing pillows underneath the feet. You can also elevate the lower half of the bed by placing bricks below its legs.
Menstruating women need to take Vitamin B6 to balance estrogen and progesterone levels which tend to cause water retention. Drink plenty of fluids and eat bananas during and before the period starts. Also eat plenty of spinach, fish, chickpeas, avocados, and take a supplement containing at least 1.2 mg of B6 per day. This will prevent water retention in women due to hormonal fluctuations.
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13. Gentle self massage
Self massaging the legs and tapping the swollen areas on the face can, to an extent, alleviate excess fluid accumulation I the limbs and face. Tap the areas underneath the eyes and on the cheeks gently. You can also do some facial yoga. Also massage the feet and legs using castor or sesame oil. Do so at bedtime and cover up the legs with compression socks. This remedy can reduce water retention in legs.
Try these 13 home remedies to prevent bloating, puffiness and swelling due to water retention.