Water retention, which can be called edema, is when the body stores water in the tissues. Normally, fluid is removed from the body through the lymphatic system. When the lymphatic system is not working correctly, the body can retain water. There are many causes that create water retention including PMS, menopause, salt intake, poor nutrition, high blood pressure and major illnesses, such as heart and lung disease. Certain medications may help with edema as well as a variety of natural ways that may help in treating water retention.
According to Judith Jackson, author of "Scentual Touch," aromatherapy in a bath can assist in the reduction of water retention. Certain aromas can help the lymphatic system which helps create edema in the first place. Jackson suggests that 20 drops geranium, 20 drops cypress and 20 drops of juniper in a warm bath and soaking for at least 10 minutes three times a week can help reduce swelling and offer relief.
Susan Lark, M.D, director of the self-help center in California for PMS and menopause suggests that exercise is a great way to naturally reduce fluid in the body. A regular regimen of biking, running, walking and even tennis can help fluids that get trapped in the ankles and legs move out and remove edema. Exercise is also good for a variety of conditions that can create water retention.
Eating too much sodium can cause a person to retain water. According to Anjali Mukerjee, author of "Healing with Food," foods, such as salt, white rice, sugar, and white flour, should be avoided. Eating a couple of bananas a day can help water retention because of the potassium. Other foods that can help include protein-rich fish, tofu and eggs. Watermelon, cucumber juice, buttermilk and coconut water acts as a natural diuretics and can also offer relieve.
According to Cal Orey, author of the book "The Healing Powers of Vinegar," apple cider vinegar can help reduce water retention. Since apple cider vinegar has high potassium content, it can help balance the sodium that accumulates in our diets and can aid in minimizing retained fluid. Mixing 2 tbsp. of unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a glass of water twice a day can help reduce fluid retention.
- Better Health Channel: Fluid Retention
- Healing With Food; Anjali Mukerjee
- The Healing Powers of Vinegar; Cal Orey
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