Have you ever tried on multiple things in your closet and every single thing fits too snug? If you’ve been feeling extra bloated lately and it’s not that time of the month, you might be carrying around extra water weight. A diet too high in sodium, standing for too many hours in a day, or extra hormones in your system, are just a few things that can cause water retention. For seven days try the steps below and watch that excess water weight start to fall off. Before trying any of these steps, run it by your primary care doctor first to get their feedback.
Step #1 Water
Drink tons of water (8 to 10 cups a day). The more water you drink, the more water you can shed, plus it boosts your metabolism.
Step #2 Detox
The benefit of taking a detox bath is that it can help release toxins. Getting rid of excess toxins can allow the body to absorb nutrients better and bring your body back into balance. Take a detox bath twice during your shed week with Epsom salt or sea salt. Keep a glass of cool water next to you for you to sip on during your bath.
Step #3 Herbal Supplements
Dandelion root is a natural diuretic and also known for normalizing blood sugar and detoxing the liver. After checking with your doc, you may want to try taking dandelion root pills for a few days.
Step #4 Refine Your Diet
Cut out refined carbs. If you want to see a difference in how you look and feel in that little black dress on date night stay away from the junk for a few days. Replace it with complex carbs like butternut squash, beans, lentils, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, or anything else on the long list of healthy carbs. They are digested slower and can make you feel full longer.
Step #5 Walk, Walk, Walk.
If you already have an exercise routine, that’s great, but if not, make sure you go for a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day.
Step # 6 Get More Sleep
The more sleep you get, even an hour more a night, will not only boost your metabolism but it can help you feel rejuvenated.
Step #7 Woosah
Stressful situations and changes to your life are inevitable. What you can control, however, is how you handle them and your perspective. Try for one week to take deep breaths and close your eyes for a minute every time you feel your stress level starting to rise. Stress can increase the cortisol hormone which directly influences water retention.