6 Simple Ways To Reduce Water Retention In The Body

Pregnancy or premenstrual water retention occurs. Bedridden or long-flight passengers may also retain fluid. Fluid retention can also indicate kidney disease or heart failure. Get medical help for sudden or severe fluid retention.

Causes of water retention

The elements sodium and chloride make salt. Sodium helps maintain cell and body fluid balance by binding with water. If you eat salty meals often, you may retain water.

Eat less salt

The mineral magnesium is essential. It performs over 300 body-sustaining enzyme reactions. Eat more magnesium to reduce water retention. Nuts, whole grains, dark chocolate, and leafy greens provide magnesium. 

Increase magnesium intake daily

B6 is a family of vitamins. Vitamin B6 is needed to make red blood cells and perform other functions. In premenstrual syndrome women, vitamin B6 reduces water retention. Vitamin B6 is found in bananas, potatoes, walnuts, and meat.

Increase vitamin B6

Potassium sends signals to maintain body functions. Potassium helps the heart too. Potassium reduces sodium and increases urine production to reduce water retention. Potassium-rich foods are bananas, avocados, and tomatoes.

Eat more potassium-rich foods

Folk medicine has long used dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a diuretic. This natural diuretic increases urination to reduce water retention.

Dandelion leaf juice

Sugar and processed grains (like white flour) are refined carbs. Refined carbs raise blood sugar and insulin. High insulin levels increase kidney sodium reabsorption, causing fluid retention.

Eat few refined carbs

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