How Do You Get Rid of Water Retention?


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To get rid of water retention, avoid salt, consume potassium, ice the swollen areas, and consume natural diuretics. Eat plain yogurt, increase your intake of vitamins A and C, and drink plenty of water.

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  1. Avoid salt, and consume potassium

    Sodium causes your body to retain water, so avoid sodium, or minimize your salt consumption. Use salt-free herbs and spices to flavor your food. Eat foods high in potassium, such as bananas and raisins, as potassium helps eliminate water retention.

  2. Put ice on swollen areas, and consume natural diuretics

    Retaining water can cause certain parts of your body to swell. Wrap an ice-pack in a towel or another cloth and ice the swollen area for up to 10 minutes. Also, be sure to consume natural diuretics, such as cabbage or natural cranberry juice, to flush out water.

  3. Eat plain yogurt, and increase your intake of vitamin A and C

    Plain yogurt contains active cultures that can help reduce bloating caused by water retention. Vitamin A and C also helps with bloating and decreases water retention. Also, be sure to drink at least eight glasses of water each day to flush out your system. If you have a serious medical condition, speak to your doctor before engaging in methods to eliminate water retention.

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