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Herbal tea water retention
Water retention is a widespread problem and is especially known to women. Nature comes to us with its precious herbs and the herbal teas we can get can help us alleviate the problem.
Water retention may be a symptom of some more serious diseases, typically related to cardiac or renal dysfunction. In these cases, in addition to counteracting the symptom of water retention, it is essential to treat the root cause. However, the problem is often due to an incorrect lifestyle, especially with regard to food.
Water retention is, as it is defined in medical terms, the aptitude to conserve an excessive quantity of liquids inside the human body. This accumulation is mainly concentrated in all those areas that have a high tendency to conserve fat. For this reason it is important to also keep one's weight under control, an excess of fat mass could aggravate the problem by increasing the stagnation of liquids.
Consequences of excessive water retention, are disorders of the venous and lymphatic circulation, as well as a potential accumulation of toxins that will negatively affect the metabolism of our cell phones.
To counteract water retention, the first thing to do is to keep our food under control. There is no need for great sacrifices, we just need to be more aware of what we put on the plate.
It is known, but it is good to remember, that salt promotes the retention of liquids in the body. It is therefore necessary to limit its use by reducing the dose normally used and to pay attention to the foods purchased which in some cases contain large quantities. An excessive amount of salt can be found in many ready-to-eat foods, canned foods and snacks such as chips and the like.
Other foods containing a high amount of sodium are also meats and cheeses, especially seasoned ones. It is not necessary to completely eliminate these foods from the diet, it is sufficient to moderate their intake, for example by not using them more than once a day.
The use of herbal teas
Help to counteract water retention comes from the herbs we can find in nature and from the herbal teas that we can prepare with them. When choosing the herbal tea to use, you need to pay close attention to the ingredients from which it is made. In fact, each individual herbal tea has its own specific action and it is therefore necessary to choose it with awareness, possibly relying on the advice of the pharmacist or herbalist of your choice. We may need an herbal tea that favors the action of the kidneys, or that has a diuretic action or, again, that improves blood circulation.
Herbal teas are especially recommended when it comes to treating people who suffer from disorders causing swelling and water retention and, specifically, with all those women who have to fight it, for example, during menstruation.
Among the herbs indicated to stimulate the expulsion of liquids from the body we find nettle and birch, fennel, elderberry, butcher's broom, orthosipon, asparagus and finally ononide.
When we are going to fight water retention, it is good to follow at the same time a diet that brings a high quantity of dietary fiber, so as to avoid a possible subsequent constipation.
It is therefore advisable to supplement the diet by eating lots of fruit and vegetables and especially all those foods that contain vitamin C, which will act by protecting blood vessels especially the capillaries. It is also important to drink lots of water, regular and constant hydration helps to counteract water retention.
Here below we see two possible recipes for herbal teas that can help us fight water retention, with a slightly different effect.
Here are the ingredients for an herbal tea against water retention, with a diuretic action, suitable therefore to eliminate liquids passing through the urinary tract:
30 grams of Betula Alba (leaves)
10 grams of Urtica dioica (leaves)
20 grams of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (leaves)
20 grams of Equisetum arvense (herbs)
20 grams of Calluna vulgaris (leaves)
These instead are the ingredients for the preparation of an herbal tea against water retention and hypontensive effect, ie capable of lowering blood pressure.
40 grams of Betula Alba (leaves)
20 grams of Equisetum arvense (herbs)
20 grams of Viscum Album (stem)
The intake of this type of herbal tea is recommended three times a day and between meals. The infusion can be prepared in two different ways.
- Put the water on the heat and bring it to the boil. Pour boiling water into a cup in which we will have previously placed all the herbs. Cover and leave to infuse for seven to ten minutes. Filter everything with a sieve.
- Put the herbs in a saucepan and add cold water. Put on the heat and bring to the boil. Cover and leave to soak everything, even in this case for at least seven minutes. Strain through a sieve before pouring the tea into the cup.
When taking herbal teas to counteract water tension, those suffering from low blood pressure must be very careful. The diuretic effect also causes a loss of potassium and could lead to fainting. We therefore recommend supplementing by eating bananas and potatoes.