There are many reasons why your body holds on to excess water weight. It doesn’t do this to spite you.
In fact, this condition is the result of an imbalance not only in water but in the important electrolytes and minerals (sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, etc.) that your body needs. (source)
Why Does Salt Cause Water Retention?
One the main culprits behind water retention is the high intake of sodium.
Here are some foods that are jam-packed with sodium that you should try to avoid:
- processed foods
- restaurant meals (especially fast food)
- salad dressing
- canned soup
Increase Your Potassium Intake
The best way to get rid of water retention is to eat foods high in potassium.
The American Heart Association notes that 98 percent of all Americans consume double the recommended amount of sodium in each day. Potassium can be useful in counterbalancing the effects sodium has on the body. When you consume more potassium, sodium is excreted through urine. Potassium, therefore, can be useful in reducing water retention caused by excessive sodium intake. (source)
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Eat or Drink Watermelon
Watermelon is a delicious fruit that is naturally high in potassium. Drink 2-3 glasses of watermelon per day for a total of 3 days.
During this detox, you’ll find yourself going to the bathroom numerous times a day. And that’s normal.
Not only does watermelon help you get rid of excess water weight, it’s also a great source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant known for its cardiovascular benefits!