A sedentary life can lead to fluid retention, so exercise is very important. This not only removes excess substances, but also improves vital functions.
We know it especially in summer: swollen hands, ankles, feet, heavy legs. Read on to learn what you can do about water retention.
The fluid stored in the tissue is particularly annoying in the evening when we have time for activity, but with heavy legs the desire to move is lost. We have a few tips for you.
What to do about water retention
First things first: First and foremost, you should clarify whether the symptoms are not caused by a heart problem.
A thrombosis could also be behind it and this is life-threatening and belongs in the hands of a doctor!
Heart, liver and kidney diseases, as well as allergies and thyroid dysfunction can also promote water retention and are sometimes life-threatening!
Therefore, it is essential to clarify unclear water retention with a doctor before you follow our tips!
- If your legs and feet are swollen, it is usually because you have been standing for a long time and the venous pump has not worked properly. That is normal.
- Try rocking up and down as you stand to keep the venous pump going.
- Extreme heat also leads to water retention, as the vessels expand and more water can flow in.
- Another cause could be an impaired drainage of the tissue fluid (lymph) if you are wearing overly tight stockings or clothing.
- Cycle-dependent hormone fluctuations can also cause water retention – so the morning shock on the scales can really only be water, not fat!
You should try the following tips not only in summer, even if you are generally prone to water retention. It is often a combination of home remedies and medicinal herbs that lead to success – try it out!
Eat and drink properly
To prevent water retention in general, you should avoid all foods that promote water retention in the body. This includes not only salt, but also sugar.
Your diet should be particularly rich in fruits and vegetables that contain potassium. Melons and rice, for example, are good sources for this!
Rice and potatoes, as well as quinoa and millet, have a dehydrating effect due to the high potassium content.
Combine rice or potatoes with vegetables and spices that stimulate the metabolism and can also have a dehydrating effect: for example fennel, celery, parsley and ginger.
Be careful not to eat meat that is very salty with it. Sausage should be taboo because it contains a lot of salt! A piece of poultry or meat that is nicely peppered or seasoned with herbs doesn’t need salt to be tasty!
Drinking a lot promotes a good metabolism, which in turn ensures that the body has a balanced fluid ratio.
Drinking a lot does not mean: a lot of water retention, but exactly the opposite! Please only drink calorie-free drinks such as water or herbal teas in order not to gain weight or store water with sugar again!
There are excellent herbal teas for dehydrating or preventing water retention.
Nettle tea has a dehydrating effect and helps prevent water retention. You can buy the leaves in dried form in pharmacies or health food stores.
Since the nettle grows almost everywhere, you can also harvest it yourself and hang it upside down to dry it at home. The stronger the tea, the more intense the effect!
Birch leaves, dandelion, horsetail and juniper berry oil are also used for drainage .
Smoothies offer you a very simple way of consuming a large amount of fruit and vegetables quickly and easily.
A smoothie made from melon and / or strawberry and pineapple also has a dehydrating effect. It is important not to sweeten the smoothie or herbal tea with sugar!
Cold showers are not for everyone, but they are easy on the legs.
The cold water causes the vessels to contract and the stored water is transported away. Alternating showers keep the vessels elastic and are also useful.
In general, the narrowing vessels mean that less water can be stored in cold temperatures. If you have the opportunity to work (or sleep) with air conditioning in summer, for example, then use it!
Please do not:
Foods that are not good for you and therefore should be avoided in order to combat water retention include:
- Ready meals because they contain a lot of salt and sugar.
- Sausage, because sausage products and marinated meat products are very salty.
- Smoked fish or smoked meat (ham, etc.), as these also contain a lot of salt.
- Sweets and sweet drinks when they are sweetened with sugar.
- Breakfast cereals, even sweet ones, because they also contain too much salt!
Avoid these foods or, best of all, cross them off your shopping list and menu altogether, because there are many healthier alternatives!
As you can see, you can introduce a few simple measures into your daily life to combat water retention.