Most of the time to reduce water retention or bloating people use ‘diuretic’. Using diuretic is not a long-term solution and there are many conditions in which diuretic should not be used at all. It can worsen the situation actually. If water retention is due to leaky capillaries or food allergies then it is better to get checked by a physician rather than doing self-treatment. Here are some options which can remove excess water and heal if anything is ruptured within your body.
There are two factors which control the amount of water retention in your body. First, is diet and second, the lifestyle. Both go hand in hand to reduce bloating.
Diet plays a major role in reducing the bloated look. Since we accumulate water by drinking hence maintaining proper diet helps to push extra water out. There are few diet tips which help get rid of excess water retention.
This diet includes food which is rich in flavonoids like onions, blueberries, nettle, fennel seeds, cocoa, parsley, black tea, peanut and red wine. Flavonoids are anti-inflammatory meaning it helps to reduce swelling in our body. When our body produces a lot of histamine (a hormone which is released due to inflammations in the body) flavonoid-rich diet helps get rid of it fast. According to a research
“Particular flavonoid classes can reduce airway hyperresponsiveness, which is accompanied by lowered inflammatory mediators such as histamine and cytokines, and cell infiltration”
If you are suffering from leaky capillaries then increasing protein in your diet helps build broken tissues. Since it is difficult to distinguish between water retention due to leaky and non-leaky capillaries it is better to increase protein in both cases.
Drinking more water (up to 3 – 4 liters) per day helps get rid of toxic waste, salt, and sugar out from your body. The body retains water when it gets a signal of a fluid scarcity in future. Hence drinking water helps to stop scarcity of fluids.
Bananas, sweet potato, beans, beet greens and tomato are some food items rich in potassium. Magnesium can be found in coconut water, leafy green vegetables, bananas, figs, avocados, dark chocolate and fish. Both keep the body hydrated, keeping fluid content high.
Salt and sugar dehydrate your body hence avoiding them is the best method. Since they both act as poison for the body hence body wants to throw it out along with water fast. This makes the fluid levels low and the cycle repeated.
Cold drinks, coffee, and tea are few of those drinks which curb your thirst but fill your body with caffeine. Caffeine is again a potent poison for the body which it will try to excrete out fast. The low fluid cycle is again repeated here.
Water fasting for one day can get rid of your bloating. You can also try raw fruit or juice fasting it does the same job in a couple of days. This fasting also helps the body to get rid of all the toxic waste if practiced once a week.
Peppermint essential oil and Chamomile essential are excellent cures to reduce bloating. Apply 10 drops each on the affected area with almond or jojoba oil. Effects are excellent if done regularly.
Having a healthy, lean and fit body should not only be a goal but also a journey. You can become lean but if you go back to same old diet and lifestyle how long you think your body will continue to be healthy?
It is not a rocket science that sweating helps get rid of excess water. Hence, doing any form of workout should become your habit. Yoga makes you sweat as much as high-intensity interval training does.
When you sleep late or have incomplete sleep your body gets filled with harmful hormones which need to be excreted. Hence your body becomes dehydrated and automatically retaining more water. Sleeping less can also mean your body is not repaired. In the case of leaky capillaries, less sleep can be dangerous.
I cannot stress on the fact that to have a great health you have to push yourself life-long. One day yoga and HIITs can not do miracles. Getting rid of fat or water within short duration can make you body hollow in the long run. Enjoy life and make your senses your watch dog!