6 Simple Ways To Reduce Water Retention

Excess fluid in the tissues causes edoema, or water retention. Some water retention is natural, but chronic or excessive retention can be uncomfortable and suggest a health risk. Six easy strategies to reduce water retention.


1. Stay Hydrated

Despite appearances, drinking lots of water reduces water retention. When dehydrated, your body holds onto water for survival. Stay hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of water daily.

2. Intake less sodium

Sodium strongly promotes water retention. Reduce sodium intake from packaged snacks, canned soups, and fast food. Eat fresh, healthy foods and season with herbs and spices instead of salt.

3. Take More Potassium

Potassium balances bodily fluids by counteracting salt. Bananas, sweet potatoes, spinach, and avocado are potassium-rich foods that minimise water retention. Eat these items regularly to maintain fluid balance.

4. Exercise Usually

Exercise boosts blood flow and eliminates extra fluid through perspiration and urination. Most days, aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity. Walking, swimming, and cycling reduce water retention.

5. Rise Your Legs

Elevating your legs and feet above heart level reduces swelling. Support your legs with pillows for 15-20 minutes several times a day to promote drainage and minimise edoema.

6. Manage Stress

Hormones and blood flow from chronic stress can cause water retention. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and nature walks can help minimise water retention and tension.

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