Do you suffer from bloating and puffiness? Fluid retention could be the culprit and here’s how you can naturally prevent it.

According to naturopath Rebekah Russell from Blackmores Australia, the following may help reduce fluid retention:

Dandelion leaf: This has been used traditionally for hundreds of years for its diuretic action. It can be enjoyed as a tea.

Vitamin B6: This may help relieve fluid retention and other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, including breast tenderness, mood changes, irritability and fatigue.

A broad-spectrum multivitamin: This ensures you meet the daily requirements of vitamins such as B1 (thiamine), B6, B5, D3, and the mineral calcium. These nutrients all aid body processes that are important for removing excess fluid.

Grape seed extract: Studies show this can help in the management of fluid retention associated with venous insufficiency, premenstrual syndrome, and the use of hormonal replacement therapy (HRT). It also helps relieve fluid retention, heaviness, pain and itching of the legs.

Ginkgo biloba: This is traditionally used to improve peripheral circulation (to the legs and other extremities), so it can be beneficial for people who experience fluid retention as a symptom of varicose veins.

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