Well, I'm back from my trip to the Midwest! I had such a great time while I was there! I got to spend some time with my family and friends, which was so nice. I really do miss living in Milwaukee during the summer and being around my family and friends, but I'm so much happier in San Diego. I can't do Milwaukee winters, so I'm hoping to make it out there to visit more frequently in the future. I'm already planning on going back there for Christmas.
So, something very strange happened to me while I was there...my ankles, feet, and arms got really puffy and inflamed. That's never happened to me before! I think it was a combination of flying, not drinking enough water, and from everything that I was eating and drinking while I was there. Plus, not even thinking about it, I had an antipasto salad for dinner the night before I flew, not even thinking about how much sodium would be in it, which is not recommended right before flying.
Have your ankles ever gotten really swollen? Or, have you ever gotten really bloated? Often, this can be from water retention. Doctors will often prescribe diuretics for people with an underlying medical condition, but if you are retaining water from something that you are eating or drinking, there are some natural diuretics that should do the trick and get you back to normal within a few days. My ankles are finally almost back to their normal size. I have been drinking dandelion tea, celery and parsley juice,and lemon water, and I've been keeping my feet elevated to help reduce the swelling.
A diuretic, whether it is a medication or food, is any substance that promotes the production of urine and pushes water and other toxins out of the body. Some of the top natural diuretics are:
If you do have excess water weight and are looking to remove it, you may want to incorporate some of these foods into your diet or add them to your water. (check with your doctor first if you are on a prescription or if you have a medical condition as some of these may interfere with your medication or in case it is advised to avoid any of them.) P.S.if you sign up below, you will receive a FREE guide with some delicious drink recipes that will help remove toxins and water weight, etc.! Just enter your name and email below, and after confirming, you will receive the guide in your inbox. These recipes are also great if you are looking to drink something other than plain water, and are especially great during the summer! I hope you enjoy them!
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