The term water retention is an abnormal accumulation of fluid within the tissues of the body also known as ‘fluid retention’. It is an excessive build up of water in the body causing weight gain and discomfort. Symptoms of water retention include abdominal bloating, facial swelling, puffiness in the legs and dimpled skin.
Water retention is caused by hormonal problem, obesity, dehydration, pregnancy, physical inactivity, high sodium level, heart disease, nutrition deficiency, liver disorders, kidney disease, toxins in the body and medications.
You can prevent water retention by drinking good amount of water to prevent dehydration, including more of fresh vegetables in your diet, regular exercise helps to circulate lymphatic system helping to remove excess fluid from the body. Listed below are natural herbal remedies helping to detoxify liver, kidney and digestive system, thereby helping to treat water retention.
Herbal Remedies For Water Retention
Dong Quai also known as ‘Angelica’ is an excellent herb having diuretic effects helping to relieve from bloating and weight gain due to water retention. Dong Quai herb is available in various preparations including tinctures, decoctions, dried leaf and liquid extracts.
Dong Quai works wonder when taken in tea form by simply adding dried leaf in boiling water, letting it steep for about a few minutes. Then strain the water and drink this three times a day to alleviate water retention. Women with bleeding disorders should avoid using this herb.
Celery has natural diuretic effects and rich in potassium and minerals, which works together, promoting optimal fluid balance and stimulating urine production, helping to eliminate excess fluid from the body.
Aim to have around 4 to 5 stalks of celery including in your salad dressing and daily juices. If you wish, you can even ground celery seeds into powder and add them into soups and dips. Ayurvedic physicians use celery to treat water retention.
Buchu also known as ‘Betulina Crenulata’ is a natural herbal remedy having mint like flavor traditionally used in treating many ailments. Buchu has natural diuretic and antiseptic properties helping to combat water retention and tea infusion made with buchu leaves works wonders. It helps to Detoxify and cleanse the body, thereby eliminating water retention. Buchu is also available in tincture form and can be taken as drops on the tongue.
Turmeric is a bright yellow color rich in vitamin C, vitamin B3, and niacin helping to remove tissue through cellulite from the body. Curcumin, is an active ingredient present in turmeric helping to treat numerous health conditions including water retention.
Turmeric when mixed with honey in equal proportion works like a charm for cleansing toxins from the body and reducing water retention, making you look slim and toned. Raw turmeric may sound unpleasant but acts as a natural liver detoxifier and helps to accelerate fat metabolism, thereby helping to manage your weight.
Dandelion is one of the popular herbs, which contains effective diuretic properties and potassium helping to alleviate water retention symptoms such as bloating and weight gain. Dandelion works best when taken in tea or capsule form and pregnant women should not use this herb. Apart from above, many herbs like alfalfa, rosemary, parsley, horsetail, chickweed, hawthorn and anise seeds help to combat water retention.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.