Water retention can negatively affect the way you look and feel everyday. Here are 5 foods that fight water retention:
Bananas are a great source of potassium which can help balance the sodium that accumulates in our diets and can aid in minimizing fluid retention. If you are trying to lose fat keep bananas to minimum as they are high in sugar. Bananas are a perfect choice post workout.
Oranges are high in vitamin C, which has diuretic properties that will shed water from your body. Start your day with an orange with breakfast. Oranges are also great pre and post workout, but avoid orange juices as they contain little nutritional value and lots of sugar.
Broccoli is an all round health booster/superfood. Broccoli also featured on our “Foods For Liver Health” article. Broccoli is high in potassium and vitamins C which both combat water retention. Broccoli also contains a compound known as indole-3-carbinol (IC3) that helps reduce excess estrogen in the body, which in turn will reduce water retention. Eat broccoli raw for best results.
Lemons are known for their diuretic properties. Lemons are very high in vitamin C, but lemons are not easy to swallow. Squeeze one lemon into a glass of warm water (Water that is too hot will destroy the vitamin C) a half hour before you eat. Warm lemon water is also beneficial for liver health and helps dissolve gallstones, calcium deposits, kidney stones, and pancreatic stones.
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Spinach is the most nutrient dense food on earth! Meaning spinach has the most nutritional value per calorie. Spinach is high in vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Fiber helps move toxins out of the body that may cause water retention. Add spinach to your favorite meat dishes and salads to get rid of excess water retention