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Old 06-11-2011, 10:42 PM   #1
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Best and fastest way to reduce water retention?

Other than water???? For some reason, large amounts of water are making me sick. I need to reduce 5 lbs of liquid and soon. I'm drinking coffee and diet soda with some water added in. But something is making me sick--either the water or my vitamins (or a combination).

Is there something else as effective as water?
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Old 06-12-2011, 12:36 AM   #2
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Why are you looking to reduce water? If you are having fluid retention, it may be serious.
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:24 AM   #3
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diet soda never releases water for me, but lemon water does. but like they said why are you looking to reduce water weight? do you have swelling somewhere, if so, you need to consult your physician.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:03 AM   #4
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Natural swelling--nothing to worry about. It's most likely from too much sodium as I have been craving it due to excessive sweating from the heat and work. Plus, I've been nagging about it in various threads

I've always been a major water retainer--mostly in my hands and face. And any little thing can cause it--salt, PMS, TOM, etc. I just gained 5 lbs though in the last 10 days and have had a horrible appetite--of which I can't figure out.

But, if I drink more than one glass of water, I immediately feel queasy. I'll try the lemon--maybe I can get some more water down that way.
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Old 06-12-2011, 03:19 AM   #5
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Caffeine will definitely help get rid of water, but you said that drinking makes you feel sick. Maybe caffeine pills as an alternative? It is said that celery, onion, eggplant, and asparagus are helpful. I can personally attest to the asparagus, but be prepared for smelly pee!

Maybe try a hawthorn supplement.

I'm curious as to why you feel sick when you drink. This may be what you need to see a doc for.
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Old 06-12-2011, 04:52 AM   #6
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"but lemon water does"-Yes! Lemon is a natural gentle diuretic. Put it in water, tea, salads, everywhere you can. Hopefully you like lemon
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:33 AM   #7
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Some diet sodas have sodium in them.
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:49 AM   #8
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would flavored water suffice...aquafina flavorsplash...kroger flavored sparkling water very good....sucralose as sweetener.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:07 AM   #9
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Cucumber is a great diuretic food. Folks put slices on their puffy eyes too, although I've always wondered how it could work from the outside.

Asparagus is also supposed to be a mild diuretic food.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:36 AM   #10
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I'm glad to hear about the lemon water...I'm currently retaining about 3 lbs but I've got loads of fresh lemons in the house.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:37 AM   #11
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Parsley tea!!
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:50 AM   #12
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Green bell peppers work for me & also ACV mixed in my iced tea

I use 2 Tbsp. Braggs.

Are you taking your vitamins on an empty stomach or after a meal?
I used to get extreme nausea after taking vitamins in the AM unless
I ate something first. HTH
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:57 AM   #13
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cold water makes me feel sick. I like room temp water.

Eating LC works as a diuretic for me. Especially ground beef for some reason.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:52 AM   #14
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Anything with caffeine is a diuretic. I also read that acv is a good thing to take. Suggestion for this is 2 tbsp. in a glass of water with a bit of a.s.

water
cranberries
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:04 AM   #15
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I forgot about lemon doing that...I will have to make a mental note of that!
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:52 AM   #16
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Thanks to everyone for all the help. I'm going to try them--well, most of them, starting with lemon--which yes, I love. This has been a very tough week for me--sweating too much, craving salty things, not being able to drink water. But today I forced myself and have been in the potty all day. I hope I feel better soon--and get rid of this very unwanted 5 lb gain!
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Fresh lemon juice added to either water or green tea works wonders for me, especially during heat waves as the heat tends to make me bloat for some reason. The bottled lemon juice doesn't work as well for me, but is still pretty effective.

Please mention it to your doctor, though. Better safe than sorry, you know? It could be a food intolerance or a gut flora imbalance (I was horribly bloated until I got both under control) but you definitely want to make sure you don't have something more serious going on.

I hope you're feeling better soon!!
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:57 AM   #18
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Cucumber water is what I drink when I feel like I am retaining water. Just slice some into a pitcher of water and add a touch of sea salt. This usually works really quick for me. After one pitcher, I was feeling better. I hate plain water so this helps me get the water down and the cucumber does have a diuretic effect.
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I dunno why but Snapple diet peach ice tea works for me like nothing else I start drinking it then spend the rest of the night in the bathroom lol. It's got aspertime but it's soooooo yummy
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Cucumber water is what I drink when I feel like I am retaining water. Just slice some into a pitcher of water and add a touch of sea salt. This usually works really quick for me. After one pitcher, I was feeling better. I hate plain water so this helps me get the water down and the cucumber does have a diuretic effect.
That is good advice. I have 2 cucumbers in the fridge now and am retaining some water myself that I need to get rid of so I feel better.
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