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3 FOODS FOR LIQUID RETENTION

Updated: May 26, 2020

The 3 best diuretic foods available to everyone to reduce fluid retention and eliminate fats and toxins.



The word diuretic refers to all substances that when ingested cause the elimination of water and sodium through urine. There are some plant foods that possess this property. These foods are widely used to eliminate excess fluid in the body, promoting the elimination of toxins, lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation.


When the body retains fluids, it can become a very annoying state, it can give symptoms such as swelling, heaviness of the legs, general weakness, cellulite and cramps, for example.


There are cases where fluid retention is due to disorders, pathologies or the use of certain medications. Here are 3 plant foods that can help drainning the body.



API (Apium Graveolents)


A perfect food to snack on between hours with a high water content and few calories.


It is a vegetable of the Umbelliferae or Apiaceae family, and is native to the Mediterranean area. Plants of this family, such as fennel, carrots or dill, have an intense and exotic aroma.


Celery stands out for being a very purifying food. It contains very few calories. Approximately 90% is water that accompanies micronutrients such as Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium, Sodium, and Magnesium. The root contains Asparagus, an essential oil that enhances the diuretic effect. Vitamins E, C, K and B9 stand out. It provides different flavonoids that give it antioxidant activity among others.



Among its benefits are:


  • Diuretic.

  • Antibacterial.

  • Digestive. Promotes blood circulation.

  • Helps to reduce uric acid.

  • Helps to decrease the cholesterol.

  • Promotes the removal of stones in the kidneys.

  • Reduces hypertension.



How it is consumed


Celery is widely used to add to soups and broths, salads and also to make juices or smoothies. This vegetable gives a very peculiar taste to dishes and helps digestion.


It contains many oxalates. If there are severe kidney problems, or swelling in the bladder, it should be consumed in moderation.

 


CUCUMBER (Cucumis Sativus)


A very refreshing food that provides hydration to the body.


Cucumber is native to South Asia. It belongs to the family of cucurbits, like melons, watermelon, zucchini and squash. There are many varieties of cucumber, but the most widely used in Europe is the Cucumis Sativus.


This vegetable contains 96% water, and a low caloric content, about 15 Kcal. per 100 gr. It provides minerals such as Copper, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Silicon and Potassium, the latter activates the draining function of the kidneys.

It has a high content of Vitamin C, which helps increase defenses. It also provides Vitamin A which protects and helps the functioning of the mucous membranes, eyesight, skin and nails and Group B vitamins that help good cognitive development.



Among its benefits are:


  • It helps to detoxify the body and reduce fluid retention.

  • It helps to lose weight.

  • Improves blood circulation and regulates blood sugar levels.

  • It can help lower uric acid levels in the blood.

  • It helps regulate intestinal transit and repair the mucosa.

  • It lowers cholesterol levels.


Cucumber for its properties and benefits is one of the most widely used ingredients in natural and homemade cosmetics. Nourishes, revitalizes and moisturizes the skin.


How it is consumed


Cucumber can be consumed in several ways. It is usually eaten raw as part of salads or smoothies. With small cucumbers, they can be preserved and then eaten as an aperitif or added to other dishes.


 

GREEN ASPARAGUS (Asparagus Officinalis)


The star food of spring to stay young.


Asparagus is the tender, young stems of the asparagus plant. Green asparagus differs from white ones by the chlorophyll they carry. Green asparagus grows in contact with sunlight, which is what gives them this green color. Whites are buried, and grow underground. This vegetable is made up of 92% water, and like celery, it only provides 18 kcal. per 100 Gr. It contains Vitamins C and E, which makes them good antioxidants. They also contain B vitamins, Vitamin K and Vitamin A. They have a component called Asparagus, which together with water, promotes the elimination of fluids, making asparagus a powerful diuretic. They are rich in Potassium and Sulfur and poor in Sodium.


Highlights the content of Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid), which has rejuvenating properties. It contributes to the creation of new cells and the production of red blood cells. Very suitable for pregnant women and people suffering from anemia.


Among its benefits are:


  • Helps remove fluids.

  • A good source of insoluble fiber that helps regulate intestinal transit.

  • It is satiating and a good ally for diets to lose weight.

  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

  • Reduces hypertension.

  • Promotes bone health.



How it is consumed


There are many ways to consume asparagus, such as in salads, vegetable creams, as a garnish for protein dishes or to add to smoothies. Green asparagus, although usually eaten cooked, can also be eaten raw, taking advantage of some compounds that are heat-sensitive.



It should be borne in mind that they contain a significant amount of purines, people who have uric acid and kidney stones should take small amounts.


 

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