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How To Get Rid Of Water Weight Naturally (10 Remedies With Images)

By Holly / August 16, 2016

Although water is needed by our body, too much water that stays in the body adds to our weight and makes us feel bloated and unhealthy. All the excess water may not lead to serious health issues but it can affect our appearance and vitality. Aside from daily physical activity and eating the right kind of food in proper proportions, there are some steps you can take to help you lose weight and increase your energy.

How To Get Rid Of Water Weight

1. Drink more tea or coffee

Green tea for losing weight

Some drinks are natural diuretics which trigger the body to flush out waste and toxins through the urine. Caffeine not only boosts mental alertness and energy in the body, it’s also a diuretic. If you’re avoiding caffeine though, because it might keep you up at night, you can opt to drink cranberry juice instead. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid extreme water loss which could lead to dehydration.

2. Control your consumption of salty food

Reduce salt intake for weight loss

Sodium is not bad for the body and we also need it to keep the body’s balance and to flavor our food. Too much salt, however, affects our body adversely. Eating overly salted food especially from processed or junk food leads to fluid retention. When adding to salt any dish you’re cooking, use only a little, enough to season the food. You should also cut back on eating preserved food as these are high in salt.

3. Use steam therapy

Using a sauna to shed weight

Going to a sauna and using steam is one of the most effective ways to quickly eliminate weight from the extra water in your body. Half an hour is sufficient to gain the physical benefits and stress relief from steam therapy. Avoid spending too much time in the sauna, though, as this could also dehydrate your body.

4. Sip more water

Hydration for weight loss

The idea of drinking more water to lose water in the body might not make much sense at first. However, we need more water to encourage the body to cleanse itself. Since the body always strives to keep its equilibrium, lack of water in the body will force it to retain more water and stay hydrated instead of eliminating water and waste. Aim to drink more or less eight glasses of water a day and don’t neglect to drink up whenever you’re thirsty such as in warm weather or when you’re physically active.

5. Avoid or minimize drinking alcohol

Avoiding alcohol for weight loss

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Anything in excess throws your body out of balance, especially alcohol. Alcohol will dehydrate your body, forcing it to compensate by storing more water.

6. Eat foods rich in fiber


Fiber is essential in cleaning the digestive tract and other organs and improving digestion. Water works together with fiber to remove the solid waste and fluids in the body. There are plenty of foods high in fiber which you can add to your daily breakfast and snacks. Excellent sources of fiber include whole grains, oats, green leafy vegetables and fruits like berries. In addition to fiber, fruits and vegetables contain lots of vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy.

7. Increase your exercise and physical activity per week

outdoor exercise for weight loss

Exercise is a great way to keep your body fit. More exercise strengthens your immune system, improves your cardiovascular health and produces feel good hormones in your body. At the same time, it releases excess fluids in your body through perspiration. However, you will still need to keep your body hydrated by drinking water during your exercise to keep your water levels balanced.

8. Get enough rest and sleep at night

Sleep is important for weight loss

Sufficient sleep controls water levels in the body as well as keeps our organs functioning properly. When our bodies lack sleep, we either feel dehydrated or bloated, and we do not have the energy to perform our daily activities well. The hours of sleep each person needs may vary, but on average, it’s around 7-9 hours. In the long run, adequate sleep will keep your body healthy and help you minimize water weight.

9. Manage your stress

Relaxation for stress relief

Studies have shown that stress affects the production of the antidiuretic hormone in the body. With higher levels of stress, an imbalance in the body’s water levels occurs. This prompts the body to retain water and increases the body’s water weight. Not only do we tend to eat more unhealthy food when we’re stressed, our body also keeps water instead of releasing it, leading to weight gain both in fats and water.

10. Supplement with magnesium and potassium

Potassium helps with reducing water retention

Certain minerals play a key role in controlling water levels in the body. In particular, magnesium and potassium work together and with other electrolytes to balance water content. Potassium also regulates sodium and supports the body in releasing fluids by creating more urine. You can take magnesium or potassium supplements, or you can eat more foods that are full of these minerals such as dark green vegetables, whole grains, nuts or bananas (rich in potassium).

About the author


Thank you for reading my article! I am Holly Nunan, a mother of three daughters aged four, six and eight. I'm an Exercise Physiologist with a passion for exercise, fitness, raising healthy children and natural and alternative remedies. I have a simple mission to help each reader that comes to our website to take away one new piece of healthy information that they can immediately apply to their life. If I've helped you find that today, it's mission accomplished!