8 best home remedies for water retention
1. Minimize your salt intake
Although sodium is an essential mineral because it’s used to regulate the fluid levels in body tissues, excess intake of sodium may cause excessive fluid retention in the body tissues. Hence, avoid foods that contain high amounts of salt, such as potato chips. You should also avoid processed foods such as tinned and canned meat and reduce the amount of salt you add to the food you eat.
2. Avoid dehydrating drinks such as alcohol and caffeine
Intake of too much of alcohol and caffeine dehydrates the body. When your body is dehydrated, it begins to retain water.
3. Drink more water
This may sound strange but drinking more water could solve the water retention problem. If you are dehydrated, your body reacts by storing water so that it can cope with what it sees as a dry spell. Drinking more water also has the added benefit of helping you excrete more salt from your body. Ensure that you drink at least 8 cups of water every day.
4. Take adequate amounts of vitamin B6
If you have water retention before your period, for the five days before you menstruate take a 100 mg of vitamin B6 every day. This vitamin is a diuretic – this means that it helps you to excrete more urine and as a result reduce the water content of your body. It will also help to balance your progesterone and estrogen levels. You can increase your intake of vitamin B6 throughout the month by eating more bananas, spinach, fish, chickpeas, poultry and avocados.