Here are 5 foods that fight fluid retention...mostly because it's almost summer. Along with the warm weather comes shorts, sandals and cankles, if you're not careful. Fluid retention, or edema, can affect anyone at any age. If there is no underlying condition that affects circulation (heart disease, pregnancy) or medication that's causing it, the culprit is almost always diet! The following five foods will temporarily push out extra water that's holding tight from too much salt, too much sugar or last night's wine.
1) Warm Lemon Water
Regardless of how I feel, I almost always start the day off with big glass (12 – 14oz) of warm lemon water. Lemon juice is a natural diuretic and helps to flush the body of toxins. Lemon juice is also full of vitamin C – an antioxidant everyone could use just about anytime. Get rid of fluid while boosting your immune system. Nice combo! If you're drinking the water first thing in the morning, make sure it's no cooler than room temp.
2) Dandelion Root Tea
What? You don’t have this in your cabinet? OK, it’s not the most common tea, but dandelion root tea has been shown to rid the liver of toxins. Since our liver is responsible for breaking down fats, producing amino acids and generally filtering the gunk out – we need to take care of it. Dandelion root tea has a fairly bitter taste. I often brew a few cups of it, let it steep for a while, add lemon juice and sip on it all day. You can find dandelion root tea in most health stores and many mainstream stores. I enjoy this type of tea by Traditional Medicinals.
3) Apple Cider Vinegar
If you’re up to it, adding a shot of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to a small warm glass of water will help to flush toxins through your system while alkalizing your blood. Or, if you prefer, drizzle with a little olive oil over your favorite salad and enjoy that way. Apple cider vinegar is a diuretic, a good source of potassium and has been shown to regulate blood pressure. Always buy unfiltered AVC.
Parsley is so much more than a garnish on a plate. A bombshell of detoxifying chlorophyll, parsley not only helps to reduce fluid retention, but also protects the body from the damage caused by fried foods (most likely because of the high level of chlorophyll). Parsley can be used in salads, like taboulleh, mixed with fresh roasted vegetables or juiced.
5) Cucumber, Asparagus and Tomato Salad
Slice up a few of these vegetables tomorrow for lunch, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and ACV (or lemon juice) and you've got a nutrient-rich salad that will help push fluids out of your system. Topically, cucumbers have been used to reduce swelling around the eyes and internally, they're famous for fighting swollen ankles. Asparagus is not only well known of fighting fluid retention, but is also incredibly anti-inflammatory. Tomatoes are another fluid pusher, but also a great source of cancer-fighting lycopene. In fact, you can liberate even more lycopene by pairing tomatoes with a nice olive oil.
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