How to relieve water retention this winter

It’s getting darker earlier, you’ve got the central heating on and you’re planning the office Christmas party … you know that winter has arrived. But shorter days don’t mean that you have to put up with the stiff joints and bloated feeling of winter water retention. There are many ways how you can relieve water retention, to help alleviate this annoying problem.

Along with the delights of the snuggly evenings and festive celebrations, there are the less desirable features of winter to deal with, like the grey skies, regular downpours, and the seemingly inevitable weight gain from over-indulgence in tempting winter foods.

It may be that not all of those excess pounds are due to consuming excess calories. Water retention can contribute to tighter waistbands and feeling heavier than you usually do.

How can you relieve water retention this winter?

Surprisingly, dehydration can be a problem in the wintertime due to central heating, causing our body to hold onto fluid and making us look and feel bloated and sluggish

There are some simple things we can do to relieve water retention this winter:

  1.     Eat a well-balanced diet

Traditionally, festive and stodgy foods can make us all feel a bit bloated. This is because comfort foods tend to be processed and contain high levels of salt and sugar, causing the body to retain water. By reducing the amount of salty food you consume and upping the variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, you will help your body to deal with excess fluid naturally.

  1.     Get plenty of exercise

It’s very tempting to let your usual exercise routine fall by the wayside during winter – staying snuggled under the duvet on a chilly Saturday morning feels much more appealing than going for a run or a brisk walk in the rain or wind. However, regular exercise is an integral part of keeping bloating at bay. It may be worth considering joining a gym or taking some classes to keep up your levels of activity during the bad weather.

  1.     Keep Hydrated

Drinking enough water ensures your body maintains a water-balance and keeps water retention at bay. The recommendation is to drink approximately eight glasses of water per day to keep hydrated and avoid fluid retention.

  1.     Try Herbal Water Retention Tablets

There are a variety of herbal remedies for water retention tablets that can help to ease the discomfort associated with seasonal water retention. The key is to look for herbal water retention tablets that are approved by the regulatory, the MHRA, and which contain extracts of the following key ingredients :

Dandelion Root and Leaf

Dandelion acts as a natural diuretic, which causes the kidneys to increase the volume of urine and expel the extra salt accumulated inside the body. 

Uva Ursi  

This herb can help to alleviate swelling of the bladder and has diuretic properties that help reduce water retention.

Buchu leaf

As a natural diuretic, this herb helps to alleviate inflammation often associated with water retention.

Extracts from all these herbs are found in HRI Water Balance, which carries the THR symbol to show that it is an approved product.

So make sure you eat well, drink plenty of fluids, and exercise as you would in the summer to help you avoid the discomfort of water retention this winter.

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