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7 Home Remedies For Water Retention You'll Swear By

Whether it's too much sodium, the warm weather, poor circulation, or dehydration, living with water retention can seriously affect your quality of life.

The puffiness of your hands, feet, or ankles can become painful and cause joint stiffness, leaving you home-bound.

Thankfully, there are a few ways you can reduce water retention using things you probably have in your house right now!

Test out some of these home remedies to reduce water retention and get your life back to normal.

1. Drink Fluids

Sounds counter-intuitive, right? But water retention can be a sign of dehydration, which causes your body to retain the fluids it DOES have. Drinking more fluids (water or unsweetened tea, in particular) will help your body flush out ALL the unwanted fluids and prevent swelling.

2. Dandelions

Using dandelions to help with water retention is only recommended if you are adequately hydrated. Dandelions are a natural diuretic, and also contain potassium which counteracts the effects of sodium. You can take supplements or make dandelion tea and take it three times a day.

3. Asparagus

Asparagus, in addition to being full of vitamins, promotes urination in the body which will expel excess fluids (obviously.) Eating half a bunch of asparagus a day is what's recommended for best results.

4. Increase Your Activity (If Possible)

Water retention can be reduced by increasing your activity level. Walking, cycling, dancing, swimming, or anything else that elevates your heart rate can help increase the efficiency of your metabolism. It also makes you sweat, which gets rids of excess water. Keep in mind, however, the more you sweat, the more water you need to drink in order to stay hydrated!

5. Parsley

Parsley, like dandelions, are a natural diuretic. It also helps improve kidney function which can boost your ability to flush out waste.

6. Lemon Juice

Adding a little lemon juice to your water can kick-start your metabolism and help flush toxins from the body, which will also help increase urination and reduce water retention.

7. Reduce The Amount Of Carbs You Eat

Refined carbs, like in bread, crackers, cookies, and other snacks can contribute to water retention. Instead, grab some fruits and veggies that have a high water content such as leafy greens, apples, berries, and citrus fruit. These will all help fight against bloating and water retention.

Have you tried these methods before? Let us know.

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