Fluid retention is nothing more than a swelling in the body or some part of it, which is caused when fluid leaves the blood vessels and ends up in the subcutaneous tissue. This liquid causes a swollen appearance on the skin, which is easily identified by clothing accessories or even with the pressure of our fingers on the skin, which ends up leaving a mark.

Main causes

The list of causes is quite extensive: blood pressure variations, low amount of protein in the blood, vascular or circulatory problems, thyroid problems, high temperatures, inflammation, excessive intake of medicines for hypertension, excessive sodium intake, liver disorders, kidney or cardiac.

How to decrease retention

A series of measures and changes can help both to reduce and prevent swelling, such as increasing water consumption, being recommended the intake of at least two liters of water per day. Avoid excessive consumption of foods with a lot of sodium such as canned goods, sausages and any food that has a lot of salt.

Some teas have diuretic power, that is, they help to detoxify the kidneys and prevent fluid retention. Some of these are green, white and black tea, carqueja tea, hibiscus, apple peel tea with cinnamon, horsetail tea and dandelion.

‘Mix’ tea recipe counts fluid retention

Ingredients :

– Half a cup of barley tea
– 1 liter of water
– 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
– 1 tablespoon dried plantain
– 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Preparation mode:

Put the barley and water in a saucepan, then heat, cover, bring to a boil and cook for approximately 40 minutes. Strain the mixture and save the barley, which can be eaten for breakfast with cereal or used to make soups or sauces. Put the barley water in the pot again and add the ginger, plantain and turmeric. After reaching the boiling point, let it cook for 20 minutes.

Strain the mixture through a sieve and then into a coffee strainer so that no solid particles remain. Let the tea cool and it’s ready. You should drink three cups a day until you reach the desired result. If you want you can also add lemon juice and honey to make the tea more flavorful. It must be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Attention: This type of tea is not recommended for pregnant women.