Lemon juice has diuretic properties.Credit: M. Connors (MorgueFile.com)


A person can experience water retention due to various factors. Health problems such as thyroid disorders and a hormonal imbalance in women can contribute to water retention. Other contributing factors are too much sodium and an insufficient water intake. Fortunately, if you are looking for water retention home remedies, you have multiple options.

1. Reduce water retention with lemon water. This is one of the most common home remedies for water weight loss. Squeeze some lemon juice into your drinking water. Lemon juice improves kidney function, which will help to eliminate excess water in your body. However, that is not all. Lemon juice also stimulates your liver to produce bile, which improves digestion. Additionally, lemon juice is rich in vitamins and minerals, as well as contains antibacterial properties. Adding some cayenne powder and some maple syrup to your drinking water turns it into a detox flush and an alkaline beverage. You’ll enjoy a great tasting beverage while detoxifying your liver and promoting kidney health, as well ridding your body of acid. 

2. Treat water retention with fruit. Have a slice of watermelon if you feel bloated. Watermelon is rich in minerals, such as potassium and magnesium. It is also a good source of vitamin A and C, as well as B1and B6.  

Pineapple is often an ingredient in home remedies for water retention. Besides its rich content of vitamins and minerals, pineapple contains a mixture of complex substances called bromelain, which contain digestive enzymes. Moreover, in addition to aiding digestion, the enzymes play an important role in relieving excessive inflammation. 

Other fruits that relieve water retention include cranberries, strawberries, and juniper berries. Moreover, mangoes, melons, kiwi and grapes also possess diuretic properties. 

Enjoy your favorite fruit as a snack, in salads or as a side dish with your meal. Besides getting rid of excess water, your body will benefit from the mineral and antioxidant content in fruit. 

 3. Consume vegetables and promote water weight loss. Many vegetables such as cabbage, asparagus, celery, cucumbers, Swiss chard and artichokes possess natural diuretic properties. Juice your favorite vegetable, or enjoy it in a green salad. You can also steam vegetables, but use medium heat and remove from the heat before they turn olive green. Heat destroys vitamins.  

4. Treat water retention with herbal teas. Home remedies for getting rid of excess fluids include parsley, cilantro, burdock root, dandelion root, chamomile and alfalfa, among others. You can buy the tea in bulk, in tea bags or in extract form.  

5. Remember to include fiber in your diet. Fiber prevents constipation and draws water out of your system. Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains prevents constipation and gets rid of access fluids. 

If you don’t feel that you consume enough fiber on a daily basis, you can take supplemental fiber. Psyllium husks powder is a good choice of natural fiber. Add 1 teaspoon of psyllium powder to 8 ounces of water, stir well and drink.  Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid constipation. Otherwise, the fiber will swell up and stop up your intestines. 

6. Drink water to relieve water retention. People often avoid drinking water to prevent the body from retaining more fluids. However, they are defeating their purpose. If the body becomes dehydrated, it goes into survival mode, which causes it to retain more fluids. Drinking the recommended 8 to 10 glasses of water daily will move the body to get rid of excess fluids. 

Overall, there is a wide variety of fruits and vegetable that promote water weight loss. However, most fruits and vegetables that contain diuretic properties contain potassium. Your body gets rid of potassium through the kidneys. If you suffer from kidney disease, which could prevent you from excreting potassium, consult your physician before adding a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet. Too much potassium in the blood could affect your heart rhythm and lead to other complications. Otherwise, for healthy individuals, eating a variety of fruits and vegetables for their natural diuretic properties is generally a safe way to get rid of weight with water retention home remedies.  

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