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8 Ways to Cope with Water Retention

The holiday season can be a time for more than usual late night dinners and indulgent foods. It’s common for this to be followed by experiencing things like weight gain, puffy eyes, swollen fingers, face, ankles, stomach, arms.  This may all mean that you’re probably retaining water.

What exactly is water retention? It’s a form of bloating that mostly involves the circulatory system and the lymphatic system that can be caused by a change in diet or elevated cortisol levels, hormone imbalances, dehydration, a sedentary lifestyle or other serious conditions.

Here are a few simple home remedies on how to naturally deal with and prevent water retention:

  • Dry brushing (aka scrubbing dry skin with a hard-bristled brush)

Dry brushing works by stimulating the lymphatic system. This can aid the body in flushing toxins and excess stored water, and it can also help improve appearance of cellulite. Simply begin dry-brushing in the morning before bathing, starting at the ankles and move in sweeping circular motions towards the heart.


  • Celery, Parsley and Fennel

Some of the best known benefits of parsley, celery, fennel juice or tea include kidney cleansing, liver detoxification and relieving excess water retention. Juice plain celery, parsley and water (you can add an apple for taste) and drink a couple of times a day. You can also make a celery and fennel soup or have the Celery & Parsley Tea from Imtenan Health Shop.


  • Dandelion leaf

Dandelion acts is rich in potassium, helping tip the scales of sodium-potassium levels in favor of potassium, which relieves excess water stored in your body. Have it a couple of times daily while drinking a lot of water to help flush out toxins as well.


  • A broad-spectrum multivitamin

This ensures you meet the daily requirements of vitamins such as B1 B6, B5, D3, and the mineral calcium. These nutrients all help body processes that are important for removing excess fluids.


  • Skip the salt

Limiting the amount of salt in your diet can help prevent water retention. Eat fewer processed and packaged foods. Avoid adding extra salt to food at the table or during cooking. Also pay attention to hidden sources of sodium, such as soy sauce, canned vegetables, soups and deli meats.


  • Eat a healthy diet

Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains (avoid white carbs as they contribute to water retention). Avoid caffeine and alcohol.


  • Be active

Aim to participate in aerobic exercises that work your legs and arms. Aerobic activities that involve pumping your feet and arms.  These include jogging, cycling, brisk walking, kickboxing, dance and tennis. This can help relieve fluid pooled in your legs, ankles, arms and hands.


  • Drink plenty of water

If you’re not getting enough fluids, your symptoms of water retention may actually worsen. Drink at least 2.5 liters of water daily and make sure to sip water before, during and after workout sessions as well as regularly throughout the day.