Extra water in your body, either from a high sodium diet or general health conditions, can lead to an uncomfortable feeling of water retention and swelling in certain areas. To rid yourself of excess water, you might be tempted to drink less - but this can lead to dehydration, and isn't always helpful. Instead, consider consuming foods and beverages that are diuretics. Diuretic foods are those that cause increased urination, thus ridding your body of excess fluid. This natural way of deflating your tummy should not only help you lose weight but also improve your gut health. Keeping your fluids in balance in your body allows your electrolytes to remain in a steady state. This, in turn, improves your overall health and the ability of your brain to communicate with the rest of your systems.
This summertime fruit is mostly water - over 90%. It is best eaten naturally because most popsicles, juices, or other frozen variations have added sugar. As a diuretic, watermelon is ideal. The natural fiber in the food helps slow and regulate your digestive system, while the high water content helps keep you in a state of hydration. Watermelon can help "flush out" your system. You can enjoy watermelon simply sliced, or cubed in a fruit salad with fresh herbs. It's an especially good complement to spicy foods, in the form of salsa or chutney.
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