Staying hydrated not only makes you feel uncomfortable, but it can also make you look less attractive. At worst, water retention can cause overall blistering including puffiness and bags under the eyes. However, there are some simple, natural ways to reduce water retention so you look healthier. To improve the condition of the eyes due to water retention, you need to pay attention to your overall health, especially the process that helps to purify the body: the kidney filtration system.
According to one of the methods of health assessment created in ancient Asia – the art of diagnosing your health condition by studying your face – the area below the eyes corresponds to the kidneys, the organ that filters toxins out of your blood stream. Thus, this ancient health approach holds that eye bags are caused by stagnant or sluggish kidneys. To deal with water retention, you need to help your kidneys cleanse your body by changing your diet and drinking plenty of fluids like juices or herbal teas and purified water.
Change your diet
The causes of water retention are many, and a poor diet can be a major cause. To help flush excess fluid out of your body and boost your overall health, reduce or cut out fatty foods, especially meat, simple refined sugars, and table salt. Replace these with fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbal seasonings.
Another dietary way to remove unwanted fluids from the body is to change fluid intake. Eliminate or cut back on coffee, carbonated drinks, and alcohol, and cut out diet soda because it’s high in sodium. Replace these drinks with purified water. In addition to adding or eliminating certain foods and liquids from your diet, you can include herbs, juices, and teas to help you get rid of excess fluid.
Parsley has long been added to herbal medicines for its ability to help with many ailments, including kidney dysfunction. Combine parsley with foods like salads or try a parsley salad (remove the stem). It goes very well with a vinegar or lemon marinade.
Horseradish, believed to be one of the more potent diuretic herbs, is another food used to remove excess water from the kidneys. A traditional preparation consists of one ounce of chopped fresh horseradish, one-half ounce of canola seeds, and one quart of boiling water. Soak the horseradish and horseradish seeds in water in a covered dish for four hours, strain the water and drink three tablespoons three times a day. You can also grate fresh horseradish into your favorite sauce.
Fruit juice is good for health
Try celery and lemon juice to clear impurities from the blood. Peach juice promotes urination, helping to remove stored waste, while pear juice cleanses the intestines and kidneys; Cranberry juice contains a natural fruit acid that can also aid in elimination.
Adding herbal teas to your diet can also help clear your body of excess fluid. Make your own by buying herbs in bulk or purchase one of the many packaged herbal teas specially formulated for detoxification and cleansing. Check the label.
Like diet, sleeping habits can affect water retention in your body. In fact, the sleeping position helps determine where fluid collects on your face. To work around this, you may find it helpful to sleep on your back while sleeping with your head and upper body slightly elevated. Otherwise, fluid can collect on your face, creating puffiness and eye bags.
As an additional measure to help release fluids from your body, a nourishing mask, such as the Rejuvenating Enzyme Mask, helps reduce puffiness on the face. Look for anti-inflammatory and anti-puffiness products that contain seaweed in your natural products store. Seaweed is cool and soothing to the skin, helps reduce inflammation, and is high in tannic acid, a natural astringent that won’t dry out your skin; or use chamomile, calendula, or rosemary.