Natural Remedies To Help
Relieve Water Retention
Have you ever felt that your legs feel or look thicker than
they should? Does your belly feel like it has suddenly swelled,
or have you ever felt that your bust size magically swelled
Swollen legs and tender breasts are all symptoms of water
retention. Water retention, also called edema, occurs when
fluids that would normally flow through your body begin to pool
into tiny spaces between your body’s cells.
Water retention is much more common in women than in men,
and women are more likely to experience water retention during
pregnancy and during their menstruation period. During
pregnancy, water retention is one of nature’s ways of allowing
for the body’s expansion.
Of course, most women are very familiar with water retention
during the course of their menstrual cycle. During this time,
it is natural for extra fluid to accumulate. However, there are
some times when you may notice that you are retaining what
feels like way too much water. Or perhaps you find that fluid
retention is happening all the time.
Fluid retention can sometimes be a symptom of a larger
problem. If you notice that you have been retaining fluid for
more than one week, you should seek out a medical professional
to receive a full diagnosis and treatment.
If you seek out help from conventional doctors, you will
find that most doctors will try to control water retention
through the use of diuretics. Diuretics are a special class of
drugs that help flush water out of the body. However, the
problem with relying on diuretics is that they also flush out
magnesium, potassium, and other important minerals out of the
These are important minerals that help keep the muscles in
your body contracting, your nerve cells communicating with one
another, and which help your heart to keep beating. Clearly,
diuretics should not be relied upon for controlling fluid
Also, diuretics can also have other unpleasant side effects,
including a lower sex drive and raised blood sugar levels. It
is no wonder then that so many traditional herbalists and
naturopathic doctors are busy recommending more natural ways to
help relieve the problem of fluid retention.
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One of the most commonly prescribed treatments for controlling
fluid retention is simply flushing the kidneys out with water.
It sounds counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to help
relieve water retention is to actually drink more water. Why is
that so? This is so because when your dehydrated, your body
will naturally try to hold onto all of the water it can. This
can lead to bloating and fluid retention. But if you keep your
body well hydrated, your body is much less likely to try to
hold onto all of the liquids it comes upon.
Another promising and natural way to control
fluid retention is through the use of the herb dandelion. Some
traditional herbalists have described dandelion as nature’s
best medicine. In particular, the leaf of the dandelion is
believed to be one of nature’s best natural diuretics. But
unlike conventional prescription diuretics, the leaf of the
dandelion is a natural diuretic that is perfectly safe and does
not cause serious side effects. Most herbalists recommend that
patients take 250 milligrams of dandelion leaf extract three
times a day.
Menstrual pains and premenstrual headaches
can be greatly reduced with a sage, lavender
and geranium mix of essential oils in a sweet
almond carrier oil.
If you find this difficult or distasteful,
there is another way to consume the dandelion leaf extract.
Simply take 30 to 60 drops of tincture in half a cup of juice
or water three times a day. You can keep taking dandelion
indefinitely as long as you need the natural diuretic. However,
if you are taking dandelion leaf extract to reduce fluid
retention during pregnancy, only take the dandelion leaf
extract until the symptoms are under control.