Do you suffer from fluid retention? These are the 8 infusion nutritions recommended by the nutritionist
Fluid retention mainly affects women. And among its main causes are hormonal changes or genetics, as well as some medications or even heat
Bloated bellies or bags under the eyes are some of the consequences of fluid retention. A problem that affects many people that does not understand gender.
But the reality is that women are more prone to swelling which is a consequence of the accumulation of fluids in the body.
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Although the causes are very diverse, they can be due to hormonal changes that occur at different stages of life: pregnancy, adolescence, or during menstruation.
It can also be caused by genetics or lifestyle (sedentary lifestyle, low fiber intake…).
Heat may be another cause. And more so with the arrival of high temperatures, which in the coming days could once again exceed 35 degrees in some areas.
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There are also certain medications, such as those that fight hypertension, that is responsible for the fluid retention that usually manifests itself in the feet and hands.
In addition to a swelling of the limbs and abdomen, fluid retention also causes heaviness, tiredness, fatigue, and weight gain that generally has no apparent reason.
For this reason, there are many who seek solutions to fluid retention, since it is not only an aesthetic problem .
Tips to avoid fluid retention
- Hydrate properly . It is important to strictly follow this important health rule: you have to drink two liters of water a day to maintain proper hydration. It is not a good idea to think that to end fluid retention you should reduce your water intake, because this is not the case. Furthermore, hydration helps the body expel toxins through urine.
- Reduce salt intake . Many foods have a natural concentration of sodium, so you should avoid adding salt to foods. The explanation is very simple: the greater amount of salt consumed, the more water is retained in our body.
- Moderate physical activity . It should be done between 3 and 4 times a week and with an estimated duration of 45 to 60 minutes. Sport is key to combat constipation, which helps eliminate fluids.
- Opt for diuretic foods . For example, oatmeal, blueberries, asparagus or artichoke.
What are the most diuretic infusions?
There are products on the supermarket shelves that promise to help you lose weight effortlessly. Among them, infusions to lose weight.
However, we should not trust because there is no drink that, due to its ingredients, is slimming .
The dietitian-nutritionist Mireya García Pérez , from Deusto Salud , clarifies this to ‘Guías de Salud’ :
- “If we understand losing weight as a loss of fat mass, we are not going to achieve this effect by drinking an infusion. What we do find in nature are plant extracts that in infusion can help us with fluid retention or improve our digestion, which in both cases can help us feel less ‘bloated’ at a volume level”.
On the other hand, infusions can be a great ally for fluid retention, although he warns that “they can help us temporarily, while the origin is sought, since if they are stopped taking, their effect will be lost.”
- Horse tail “It is rich in potassium and silicon or silica that give it its diuretic capacity, increasing diuresis in those people with a tendency to retain fluids.”
- Dandelion . García Pérez explains that “it is popularly used as a diuretic due to its high potassium content, in addition to the fact that it would be suitable for alterations in bile secretion, improving diuresis, dyspepsia or indigestion”.
- Birch . On this occasion, this infusion “is used in herbal medicine for the diuretic and purifying properties of its flavonoids and potassium salts, which help us increase water excretion and can also be useful to prevent the formation of grit and stones in the urinary tract. ”.
- Sarsaparilla . The dietitian specifies that this plant, which is also known as Moorish bramble, “is suitable for treating fluid retention problems and edema in the body.”
- Red vine . The leaves of this shrub, which stands out for its venotonic and vasoprotective effect, “can help us in cases of varicose veins and circulatory disorders.”
- Pineapple . “It is rich in bromelain, an enzyme capable of breaking down proteins (protease action) so it can be useful for facilitating heavy digestion and improving the treatment of inflammatory processes such as edema, as well as improving cellulite.”
- Fennel . Among the carminative infusions, the expert selects this one. Fennel “helps us fight aerophagia and eliminate gases.”
“Green tea consumption is associated with fat loss, but the benefits of green tea catechins on fat oxidation may only have somewhat significant effects at high doses (400-500 mg).”