Many of us are familiar with the abdominal bloating and swollen fingers that accompanies water retention. Whether you retain fluid due to hormonal changes or after eating too much salty food, don't reach for prescription diuretics. Even over-the-counter diuretics are likely to be harder on the system than retained fluid. Instead, try the following:
- Eat sensibly, and watch your salt intake.
- Get regular exercise.
- Drink black tea, which is a safe, natural diuretic.
- Try an herbal diuretic such as cornsilk tea or freeze-dried dandelion leaf. Both are mild and nontoxic. You can get cornsilk tea in health-food stores or make it yourself if you have access to fresh corn by steeping the silks in boiling water for ten minutes. Drink one cup two to four times a day. The dose for freeze-dried dandelion is one or two capsules two to four times a day.