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Over the counter ays to lose excess water weight

Updated March 23, 2017

Water retention can cause uncomfortable bloating and swelling in some people. Water weight can be very difficult to get rid of. Many people search for an over-the-counter method rather than make an appointment with their doctor. While some over-the-counter products can help with water retention, there are also other simple actions that can help to get rid of water weight.

Drink more water

A common misconception among water-retaining individuals is that drinking less water will help them retain less water. This is actually untrue. The more water that we drink, the more water we get rid of. Drinking 1,892 ml (64 oz) of water a day will help with water retention. Some people find it difficult to drink this much water, but adding flavour to it is helpful, such as lemon juice, lemon slices or a splash of cranberry juice. Apple cider vinegar is also helpful when trying to reduce water retention. It naturally helps the body reduce the amount of water it would normally retain. Add approximately 1 to 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar (organic is best) to 473 ml (16 fl oz) of water and drink several times a day.

Over-the-counter diuretics

Diuretics are also sometimes called water pills. They help water retention by flushing unwanted, excess water out of the body. Water pills are available either by prescription or over-the-counter. Natural diuretics are less likely to have side effects and are available in most local health food shops or the pharmacy section of many discount shops. Some negative side effects include abdominal pain and diarrhoea.

Caffeinated beverages

Caffeinated beverages are another possible option for reducing water weight. These should be consumed in moderation. There is some belief that drinking too much caffeine can cause the body to become dehydrated, so individuals wishing to reduce water retention should be careful of this method and first discuss it with their doctor. A lot of research suggests that caffeinated beverages are safe and do not cause dehydration. According to a report in the June 2002 issue of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise, caffeinated beverages have a similar diuretic effect on the human body as water.

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Based in the Midwest, Beth Lytle has been writing professionally since 2008. Working as an editor and with recent work published on eHow, LiveStrong and the Bayer Aspirin website, Lytle is a self-made freelancer. Lytle writes health-related and home-improvement articles, first beginning her writing journey while attending writing workshops and classes during childhood. Lytle has owned transcription and commercial construction companies since 2006.