One way to lose weight quickly is to ditch that extra water weight many of us carry when we are eating unhealthily. The problem is, that many of the popular “fad fixes” for water retention aren’t that great for your overall health. Laxatives, water pills, and over-indulging in water to trick the body into extra water loss – they all can have detrimental effects on your body’s organs and proper function. This is mainly because our bodies are made up of mostly water (up to 70%), and we need it. So, unless you lose the excess water naturally, you will likely be doing more harm than good. Here are a few great ways to lose excess water weight the right way, and keep your body’s proper function in check:
1. Cut back on salt.
One of the primary causes of excess water retention is the consumption of too much sodium, more commonly known as salt. There are hidden excesses of sodium in many pre-made, processed food products, diet sodas, and “healthy” foods like sunflower seeds, beef jerky, baked chips, and frozen weight loss meals. When you are trying to cut back on sodium, check the labels and give your salt shaker a rest. Be careful not to go overboard here, though, sodium is still a necessary mineral for the body. Try to keep your sodium intake to about 1500 mg per day or less.
Nothing gets rid of extra water faster than a good old fashioned sweat. As your body cools itself through its sweat glands, you will naturally lose your excess water as you move. Replenishing your water balance afterward will keep your body’s intended chemistry in check, so as long as you exercise regularly, you should be able to maintain a better balance of water in your body.
3. Eat fluid –flushing foods.
There are a number of foods or food-based products that are natural diuretics that help promote the elimination of excess water through the urine. Some of these natural diuretics include:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Green Tea
- Cranberry Juice
- Brussels Sprouts
4. Increase intake of Vitamins B & D, and eat more potassium and calcium rich foods.
Vitamin B6 which is in red meat, fish and bananas, and B5, B1 and D, which are found in fresh fruits and dairy, all help ease fluid retention. Additionally, foods rich in potassium and calcium have been know to help as well.
5. Avoid caffeine
Drinks like coffee, tea, soda, and just about every energy drink on the market contain caffeine. While it may provide you with a little boost of energy, caffeine dehydrates your body and makes it want to hold onto every bit of water it can get. Eliminating or cutting back on these will help you lose excess water fast.
Whether you are holding onto a lot of excess water or just a little, all of the above tips can help you lose a few pounds and keep you feeling healthy. If you are holding onto an extreme amount of water, however, and these tips don’t work well for you, it may be time to see a doctor. Carrying too much water long-term can have detrimental health effects, and only a doctor can advise you on how to tackle your problem best.
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