Herbs to Rid Your Body of Water Retention
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: Valerie
Posted on: July 24, 2008

Please. can you help me and tell me of a herb that’ll rid my body of water retention? I do stay away from salt and salt products. I do not understand why my body holds a lot of fluid.

There are a number of different causes of water retention. Therefore, the cause must be known before a treatment can be recommended. For example, the four main water retention causes could be cardiovascular, endocrine, liver or kidney related.

For cardio vascular related issues, herbs such a lily of the valley or hawthorn may be indicated; for endocrine related water retention herbs such as nettles or partridgeberry may be indicated; for kidney related issues, herbs such as dandelion leaf or celery seed may be indicated; or for liver related water retention a herb such as mugwort may be indicated.

Diet can also be an issue aside from salt intake. Eating a diet that is high in foods that are inflammatory for you can lead to water retention.

Stress can also be a significant factor. Stress causes elevated levels of aldosterone which then reduced sodium excretion, which increase potassium loss. The end result is an out of balance sodium:potassium ratio and increased water retention.

It is best that you find out the underlying cause of your water retention so that you may get the best treatment.

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