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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2008-07-09

Feeling Like A Sumo Wrestler? Tips To Lose Water Weight Naturally

One of the worst things my body does is puff up with water weight. I despise it, yes, that is right-I despise it. I can go from fitting into my favorite jeans perfectly to being completely uncomfortable and neurotic as to why just 24 hours later everything fits tighter, my eyes are puffy and I feel like a sumo wrestler. I am not into taking water pills or anything like that so I wanted to share some things that you can do in your diet to help you lose that water weight or even better-avoid it altogether.

Bye, Bye Water Weight Tips

**Drink Water- I feel like I say this almost everyday when writing about something you need to do to be healthy. If you are not drinking enough water then your body will go into survival mode and retain water. Drink at least eight (8 ounces each) glasses of water a day (I have also heard that drinking half your body weight in water a day is a good idea as well-ex-if you weigh 100 lbs then drink 50 ounces of water). Tip- Try filling up a 32 ounce or 64 ounce cup and it will go down quicker I find.

**Avoid Foods That Are High In Sodium-Diet drinks and foods such as canned soups, hot dogs, ham, bacon, frozen dinners and pizza tend to have high sodium content so watch out for these (plus they are not the healthiest choices). I also find when snacking on nuts that I tend to retain more water if I buy the salty ones (which of course are the ones that I want). I try to buy raw almonds or lightly salted instead of the salty cashews that I adore.

**Add Lemon Or Lime- I love to add lemon to my water! Not only do lemons and limes act as a natural diuretic but they really can refresh the taste of water. I also like to squeeze lemon on my salads and for you non-vegetarians, fish is excellent with a little lemon!!!

**Try A Natural Diuretic-Natural diuretics (meaning they relieve water retention by making you urinate more) can help you to flush some of those excess fluids . Some popular natural diuretics are green tea, which has been used for centuries in China, dandelion leaf teas, cranberry juice, and apple cider vinegar. My personal favorite of these is the green tea. Please keep in mind to use any diuretic in moderation.

I hope this helps make those bloated, puffy days a tad less uncomfortable.

25 comments:

Caroline said...
I have a big bowl of lemons on my counter! I love adding lemon to my water--just drink it with a straw! I am going to set some right after I post!

Funny about target...I try not to go anymore...almost landed me into divorce court :)...I have no self-control!
Lynne said...
I really should start buying lemons. I always put lemon in my water when I'm dining out, but never do at home and I really should.
Jacqueline said...
Thank you. I've got some lemons. I was just looking at my ankles. Perfect reminder! :-)
LadyTerriq said...
I know what you mean about water retention, one minute ya feel fine and then the next bam I feel like a beached whale! it's aweful...I drink lots of water and that does the trick ... great post :)
Great tips Heidi...like you I prefer salty anything...although I haven't actually put salt in food for 15 years...

I often feel like a "sumo wrestler"...I was aware of most of the tips but the green tea, cranberry juice, and apple cider vinegar are new to me...will keep them in mind!

Cheers
Ah, another reminder to drink more water. Thanks :)
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Cat said...
I also eat food that have high water content in them. Watermelon, Celery, Cucumbers.

I then use a mixture of Potasium, Bucha,Juniper, and parsley in a health food pill.
Sogeshirtsguy said...
great tips heidi especially the drink water and add a lemon and lime. I wouldn't have thought of that.
Blog by Donna said...
I know my water rentention is hormonal. I drink a lot of water and I love lemons (not only in my water but eat them fairly often), yet still have trouble with water retention. It is frustrating!
Ria said...
Hi Heidi!

Nice article! I felt like an inflated balloon on MOST days. This is the one to read if I need a reminder in times of "deflation." LOL!
I know I need to drink more water. I also know of another natural diuretic... watermelon. I love eating it year round. Great post! Thanks for the tips.
hparis said...
I've found that drinking water AND taking a short walk is my magic combination for getting the puffy off my ankles.

While I am prone to water retention year round, summer time really kicks my butt. I never seem to totally get down to the ankle bone. Then magically, when Fall hits, the puffy disappears. Go figure!
Lady Luck said...
Do you have any advice for someone who's trying to get ot all back together? Being healthy first and foremost is emotional. that's what I'm struggling with.

I LOVE your blog!!
BillyWarhol said...
I'm getting into Shape this Summer mowing the Grass but not the kinda Lawn I wanna be Mowing!!

Will I ever get my Becks or Pitt 6 Pack back???

I like to be Well-Hydrated with Beers + Kamikazes over the Summer + Winter + Spring + Fall Months!!

;)) xoxo Peace*
Miguel Wickert said...
Hey Heidi

I know the feeling, "I've said this before." I'm not feeling like a sumo wrestler but maybe one day I'll be one....:)

I'm with Lynne, I should start buying lemons.

A quick note to all those that left comments. I don't know you people, so I decided to visit as many of the blogs represented here! Heidi, keep it up! Like enjoy the practical tips and suggestions. Thanks!
vettech said...
Asparagus is a very powerful diuretic (but will make your urine smell strong) Also, while green tea has other benefits, any tea or coffee with caffeine is a also a natural diuretic. To reduce bloating, cut back on carbs and add more protein and unsaturated fat (flaxseed or fish oil supplements & olive oil will do). This will lower glycogen in the body and since glycogen holds water, its an effective way to get rid of retained water.
This is one of my biggest issues as I love salt!! Thanks for the tips I can use all the help I can get here. ;)
Sherer said...
I think you should change your name - You are NOT a "Wannabee" your the real deal! But humility is a virtue. Thanks for the tips - I know with myself my body can greatly change morning and night and i think liquids have a lot to do with it
Doru said...
The best way of losing weight is simple: eat less, if possible nothing( every religion has some cures. The results are fantastic, I experienced by myself and can warmly recommending you)
Sandpiper (Lin) said...
I retain fluids, so I never add salt to my foods and I don't eat a lot of prepared foods either. I read that warm lemon water really helps, so I've been drinking it several times a day and it really washes through me and has helped a lot.
U.Lee said...
Hi Heidi, ahhh, bet that green tea and bee pollen made you remember me, huh? Ha ha. Pleasure having you on deck.
Very interesting posting you have here. Yes, drinking lots of water is very good...first thing in the morning when waking up, say out, "Geronimo"! then down the hatch a glass, before hitting that Maxwell House or Nescafe or Starbucks.

Also, drink soya bean...its really good for you, (good for your kids too, just to keep the beauty running in the family, ha ha), health wise,...there's a BIllion! Chinese and counting, and they have been drinking, eating it wayyy before the Wright Bros exclaimed, "Holy Smoke! We're flying"!
So they, the Chinese must be on to something right, those guys who make Hondas and Toyotas too...they drink gallons of green tea too.

To think the British threw all that tea into Boston harbour many years ago!! Tch tch.

Drink soya bean, eat lots of toh fu....inbetween, Chinese Green tea, down a tablet of that Bee Pollen preferably with Royal jelly and Heidi, you'll give Angelina Jolie or whats her name,....ahhh yes, Catherine Zeta Jones some stiff competition,..*wink*. Bet you three plain donuts they having it too.

Try avoiding improving the economy of Texas with those huge sirlion steaks or triple beef burgers and cheese...by all means enjoy, but not too often...
but go for more fish dishes, white meat, and if you have friends who have nothing better to do on Sundays than hunting wild pigs or boars, get them to pass some meat to you...the meat is good and free of chemicals or whatever...

Till that green tea or soya bean and toh fu reminds you to visit me again, ha ha,...you stay easy, stay gorgeous and have a great weekend. Adios. Lee.
Chelle said...
I love green tea...those are some really good tips! When I was pregnant with my daughter I couldn't eat anything w/sodium, I swelled up like a balloon! Thankfully that's over now!
ssgreylord said...
how frustrating it is, especially during summer, to feel all bloated and yuk! the whole jean thing is a nightmare and i have to remember that most days it's that darn water. thanks for the tips, i'll try out a few and see if those jeans fit better and better...
entog said...
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