Water retention problem and herbs that help


An organism or body that retains an excessive amount of water cannot be considered a healthy organism. Unfortunately, water retention is a common problem – and we seem to encounter this problem more and more often. This problem may be illustrated as follows. Imagine a vase of water instead of a human body. The water, which has been standing in the vase for several days, is no longer clear as small impurities appear in it. If the water remains in the vase for a longer time it will become a foul-smelling and unhealthy liquid. Similar analogy may be applied to the human body water retention problem.

Who is most affected by water retention?

Women are more likely to be affected than men. In general, this problem exists due to bad habits which are so common these days, such as lack of exercise, improper drinking regime, and of course too much salt and sweets. Women using “the pill”, tend to retain water more. Plus the older we get, the more prone to this problem we all become. A person who retains too much water usually suffers from leg swelling and tends to gain weight, especially around the waist area.

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Herbs that help reduce water retention

First, make sure you know the reasons why your body retains too much water (lack of exercise, bad diet, etc.), and then you may consider using herbs to fight your problem. These plants listed below may help you out:

  • Saint Mary’s thistle (Silybum marianum) strengthens the liver’s abilities and improves the overall function of the liver.
  • Prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola), has been used in traditional folk medicine to remove excessive water from the body from centuries.
  • Common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), widely known and used for its diuretic properties. Roots are used to fight water retention problem.
  • Barley (Hordeum vulgare), improves metabolism, protects the body from excessive acidity and also from water retention.
  • Parsley (Petroselinum), improves kidney function, which in turn helps you to fight water retention problem.
  • Horsetail (Equisetum arvense), is known for his diuretic properties

European white birch (Betula pendula), tea is brewed from dried leaves and used for its strong detoxification effects.

  • Common nettle (Urtica dioica), is used in the form of tea to remove excessive water from your body
  • Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium), is used for its detoxifying and diuretic effects.

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Radek Štěpán

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