How to get rid of water retention quickly

Updated April 17, 2017

Water retention is the arch nemesis of weight loss. It's also a side effect of certain medications or physical conditions, such as hormonal imbalance or kidney dysfunction. Even when you are trying to watch what you eat and get regular exercise, water retention could be the reason you can't see those muscles you've been working so hard to build. But a number of strategies for quickly eliminating water weight gain exist, provided you are physically healthy enough to try them.

Drink more water. The more water you drink, the more hydrated you will be, helping to flush out your digestive system, hydrate cells and help your metabolism perform at its peak. In addition, you will excrete more excess fluid by consuming more water, which helps flush out toxins.

Cut out the salt. Stop putting extra salt on your food and stay away from sodium-laden food choices such as crisps, french fries and most processed foods.

Pack your diet with fruits and vegetables. In addition to toxin-busting nutrients, vegetables and fruits are packed with the fibre and water you need to continue the body-cleansing process.

Drink black coffee. It's a natural diuretic that will help you get rid of excess fluid. Just be aware of how the caffeine may affect you.

Go tanning. The process will help you sweat, which will help to flush out excess fluid. Just be sure to bring plenty of water with you so you don't become dehydrated, and always wear sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays. If you don't like tanning, try sitting in a hot sauna. Just drink plenty of water while in the sauna.


Talk to your doctor if drinking lots of water (at least eight glasses per day), working out and proper diet aren't working. You may have an underlying medical condition that is causing the water retention. Note the saltiness of your sweat when you begin a sauna session, then again when you finish. If your sweat has less of a salty taste, you have successfully flushed some sodium from your body.


Always consult your doctor before changing anything about your diet or physical activity when you suffer from a medical condition that is causing your water retention. Never try diuretic pills, tanning or any other unnatural water retention remedy without first consulting a physician.

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Christine Margiotta began writing in 2003. Her work has been featured on various websites. In 2004 her journalism won a New York State Associated Press Award and an Award of Excellence from the New York Newspaper Publishers Association. Margiotta received a Master of Arts in journalism from Syracuse University.