A few years ago, I was on a long flight with my husband. I had taken off my shoes, and as we were landing, I tried to put them back on and couldn’t. My feet were so swollen! I showed my husband and he said, “Gosh Honey, your feet look like sausages.” I’m not sure about you, but having my husband compare my feet and calves to a meat product is not my idea of romance.
It started me thinking, is there a healthy way to get rid of excess water weight?
I knew all the things I should do to prevent bloating: avoid alcohol and sodium, get some exercise, eat fresh fruits and vegetables and drink water. But, I was curious if there were certain foods that could help to move excess water through my system.
Here’s what I discovered: Foods with high water content can ease water retention, states the Mayo Clinic. Consume a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, including celery, melon, lettuce, cucumbers and spinach.
Here are my Top 3 bloat busting foods:
Parsley is a mild diuretic and can help take excess water out of your system. Chop it up and add to your salads for a burst of flavor and antioxidants.
Watermelon is a fantastic diuretic. Try it as an after dinner snack to offset the effects of a high sodium meal.
Cucumbers are rich in water and cooling on a hot day, but the seeds can make you burp. Slice the whole cucumber in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon and then slice it up to serve — problem solved!
The simple bloat busting tip that you can use ANYWHERE!
Squeeze a little lemon in a glass of water. While I have no research to back this up, I have a friend who is a former model. She told me that the night before a bathing suit shoot, all the models would drink a glass of water with ¼ of a lemon squeezed in it. While I haven’t been asked to do any bikini photo shoots this summer, I’m still using this trick to help lose the excess bloat.
Important medical disclaimer:
Water retention (edema) may have a medical cause. Talk to your doctor about possible causes of water retention or bloating before trying to treat it yourself.