Want to shed that extra water weight you’re carrying around?
How Do You Know If You Have Water Retention?
If you have swollen feet at the end of the day, or socks marks are showing around your ankles, then you definitely have water retention, and some extra water weight to lose.
Our body cells hold on to water (retention) due to biochemical and hormonal imbalances, toxicity, poor cardiovascular and cellular health. These are really symptoms of an acidic body and dehydration.
Your body holds on to water when in a dehydrated mode because it’s the body’s intelligence telling the cells that there is a “drought” and they kick in to a “survival mode” to retain water.
How To Lose Water Retention
If you’re heavily overweight, try this:
Drink and eat only watermelon juice for a mini juice detox for 2-3 days. Drink at least 2-3 liters/quarts a day. You will be surprised how much water weight you’ll be losing. You’ll be running to the washroom numerous times a day but this is a good sign that you are losing all the water retention, yet not losing electrolytes.
Watermelon is diuretic and a natural laxative. The high potassium content helps release the extra water retention (edema) in your body. Also useful for those PMS moments. Side benefit is that it’s even cleaning out the kidneys!
When you eat foods that are high in (refined) salt and drinking insufficient water, your body goes into “reserve mode” and begins to retain water. Your cells may expand about 20x over with water, to dilute the salty environment. Celtic seasalt or Himalayan salt don’t cause water retention.
However, chronic edema may have underlying causes like liver cirrhosis, heart problems, diabetes, infection or even allergies. In which case, please check with your professional healthcare provider.
Read more about the harmful effects of REFINED salt:
Foods To Avoid When You Have Water Retention
To relieve water retention, AVOID:
- Meat products
- Alcohol, caffeine and tobacco
- Dairy products (except yogurt)
- Deep-fried foods
- Pickled foods
- Flavoring sauces
- Processed/refined foods
- Flour and sugar products
- Any foods that are salty or has MSG
Beneficial Foods To Relieve Water Retention
Eat foods that are high in fiber, most fruits and vegetables, especially alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, cantaloupe, celery, cucumber, pineapple, garlic, onions, watermelon and PLENTY of water.
I find that drinking a big glass of watermelon juice daily for three days leading up to the “day of the month” helps relieve bloating to a great extent.
The benefits of watermelon are many:
- Helps detoxify kidneys and prevents kidney stones
- Helps to control blood pressure
- Helps to lower cholesterol
- Relieves mental depression and fatigue
- Very alkalizing – helps improve circulation
- Relieves edema (water retention); by inducing urination
- Relieves constipation
Watermelon Juice Detox Recipe:
- Juice a whole medium-sized watermelon
- Squeeze in some lemon juice if desired
Excess of the watermelon juice may be stored in an airtight bottle or jar in the fridge to be consumed within 24 hours.