I think I have retained water my entire life. I even watch the cycles of the moon because my sister told me it’s a sure bet that we will retain water. Are we crazy? Not so much.
So what should we eat and not eat? Some things are obvious, but here are a few things I didn’t know: Debora Henos suggests Clementines and Satsuma oranges help keep our water balance in check.
Also, calcium and Vitamin D are a big benefit for women. They offer dozens of benefits. I have seen some success with these.
There are obvious foods to avoid: lunchmeat, cheese, snacks, canned soup and cereals that are loaded with salt. Here’s an article that discusses how cottage cheese, ketchup, mustard and frozen shrimp are brimming with salt. Crab is another big offender.
Purported diuretics include asparagus, artichokes, watermelon, cranberries, cucumbers, celery and tomatoes. I have not had tremendous success with any of them. Juniper berries are said to help with water retention. Never tried those. Here’s a link to a story by Cristina Cadena, of Yahoo on how they work.
Other suggestions: lemon water, green tea, coffee. I’ve had varying success with these.
One thing I did try: Swedish bitters — never worked for me. Here’s a link to an e-how story about bitters aids in digestion. Also, organic apple cider vinegar is a natural diuretic. Tried it and didn’t see a big difference.
Have a suggestion? I’d love to hear it.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.