Most of us have been brought up to believe that a health problem should be treated with a tablet. This is fine if you have a disease caused by bacteria, since antibiotic tablets will make it go away quite quickly. If you have a headache, an aspirin tablet can also provide a quick cure.
But the truth is that most of today’s problems are not temporary conditions like infections or headaches. They are chronic or long-term problems like water retention, chronic fatigue, PMS or eczema. There are tablets available for these conditions, but they are not cures. They only provide temporary relief.
Meanwhile, the metabolic imbalance in your body which is causing the chronic condition, is still there in the background, and usually gets worse in time.
Water retention doesn’t have a ‘quick fix’
I don’t know anyone who is happy with the results of taking water pills unless they have been prescribed them for a heart or kidney condition. In fact I get messages all the time from desperate people who have been buying these pills and finding that the more they take the worse their water retention gets, so the more pills they have to take to get the temporary relief.
Please don’t become one of these people. If you have checked with your doctor and he has given the all-clear to your heart and kidneys, then your water retention is simply being caused by a metabolic imbalance. Metabolic imbalances are very common these days, and are caused by eating and drinking too many of the wrong things and not enough of the right ones. Only reversing this process can get rid of your metabolic imbalance and permanently relieve your water retention problem.
Herbal medicines are natural but they work in a similar way to prescription pills – they only provide temporary relief. The reason is that, like prescription drugs, they are also diuretics, which means they make your kidneys work unnaturally hard to drive water out of your blood. But in most cases of water retention the excess water is not in the blood, so all that these pills will do is make you dehydrated while the tissues that are supplied by your blood remain swollen with water.
The only natural treatment for water retention that can give you a chance of permanent relief is a dietary approach. It makes sense really, because most cases of water retention start by eating and drinking too many of the wrong foods, so nothing is more important than changing what you eat and drink.
First steps to recovery
The first thing you have to change is to cut down on sugary foods and drinks. There are large amounts of sugar in soda drinks, candy, cookies and biscuits, cakes, desserts and chocolate. Sugar makes your body produce insulin, which interferes with your sodium balance and makes you retain water. Cut down to one sweet item a day.
Fatty foods should also be controlled. That doesn’t mean stopping butter and cutting the skin off chicken. It does mean becoming aware of how much hidden fat there is in burgers and deep-fried food. These fatty foods displace foods that are more nutritious. Cut them down to no more than once a week.
If you are addicted to salty-tasting food, that will almost certainly make you retain water. Stop eating it.
Finally, start putting more fresh fruit and vegetables into your diet, drink more water, and eat whole-grain bread instead of white. These foods help to nourish the hormones that control water balance in your body. Drinking water helps to keep your blood hydrated, which will discourage your body from holding on to water.
Making these changes are the first step to recovery, but some people need extra help. For instance, a proportion of people with water retention are made worse by eating certain foods. These foods vary from person to person, but a resistant case of water retention needs to find out if they have any unsafe foods. On your own it is hard to spot the connection between a particular food and your water retention because it may be a food you eat almost every day, causing your water retention to linger permanently.
Linda Lazarides wrote her book the Waterfall Diet to help individuals with resistant water retention. This book includes a self-test so that you can check whether any foods are particularly bad for you. Many individuals have lost 10 lbs or more of retained fluid by following the advice in this book. The excess fluid is lost by urination, and provided that you continue to follow the advice in the book, it will not return.
You can order the book from Amazon websites, or if you are in a hurry to lose water weight, download the E-guide Low Carb Dieting and the Waterfall Diet, which also gives full instructions.