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Re: How to reduce water retention?

Postby schweppes » Thu May 19, 2011 9:14 am

I'm not a sea salt expert but this is what I know. There are different types of sea salt with different uses.

For cooking, the most common ones are Maldon sea salt. Currently, the one in my Kitchen is Morton Lite Salt. Bought mine from Cold Storage. I do not use normal table salt which is supposed to be saltier and less healthy. Everytime I watch cooking shows - Rachel Ray, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, they use sea salt which they claim is healthier. I don't use a lot as a little goes a long way.

Sea salt comes in various forms - some are normal and some come flavoured with paprika or lemon, etc - for more exotic cooking. Can get those from Jones the Grocer. I think the normal sea salt is good enuf unless u are a gourmet cook and entertains a lot.

There's also another type of sea salt, sometimes these are known as bath salts or epsom salts. These contain minerals and is high in magnesium, which is good to help us keep calm. For a more indulgent experience, you can buy the pricier bath salts from Body Shop, Mt Sapola and rub/exfoliate your skin with it.

What I do is buy Epsom Salt which u can get from Guardian Pharmacy. I can't remember the price now, but I think it was less than $10 per box. If u are using a footbath, sprinkle epsom salt into the footbath that is filled with warm water and soak your feet in it for abt 30mins or when the water turns cool. Very shiok. (how much salt to put in depends on u. I don't measure, just guess-timate. Maybe 5-10 tablespoon? It also depends how big is your footbath or tub that you are using.)

This is supposed to draw toxins out from your body and "refill" your body with good minerals thru the feet.

If you have a long bath, then fill 1/3 - 1/2 box with epsom salts and soak for 30mins or until your skin turns prune-like :roll: :wink: As we don't have a long bath at home, sometimes, I bring epsom salts overseas to soak in the hotel bath tub when going for holiday.

Personally, not sure if sea salt really helps with water retention, but u can definitely use it for cooking or for relaxing. Just don't use the bath salts salt for cooking. :skeptical: :roll:

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Re: How to reduce water retention?

Postby schweppes » Thu May 19, 2011 9:32 am

btw, don't consume too much salt or sea salt That's a sure cause for water retention.

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Re: How to reduce water retention?

Postby schweppes » Thu May 19, 2011 9:42 am

Most of us know that water retention problem is usually a sign of PMS. I've also found out that it's one symptom of perimenopause, which is the period before menopause. :cry: Perimenopause can start as early as 35 years old :cry: :cry: :gloomy:

Here's a link on perimenopause.
http://www.womentowomen.com/menopause/p ... pause.aspx

Just remember that even though we may suffer from water retention, we should continue to drink water throughout the day. Do not cut water intake as the body will sense that there is a reduction of water in the body. And as part of survival, our body's defense mechanism will immediately retain water to prevent or minimise water loss. So, this leads to further water retention. Remember to drink water regularly.

Also, as what some other forummers mentioned earlier, the best way to to rid water retention is thru exercise.

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Re: How to reduce water retention?

Postby TTLauPeh » Fri May 20, 2011 11:16 am

Drink cranberry juice. Del Monte brand is best. The less expensive ones have apple and other fruit juices mixed in.

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Re: How to reduce water retention?

Postby TTLauPeh » Fri May 20, 2011 2:20 pm

Yup, it's good for keeping the urinary tract clean too. My mum has mild diabetes. Her feet swell sometimes and she finds cranberry juice useful. You can use the dried cranberry too -- just boil it in water and drink the tea.

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Re: How to reduce water retention?

Postby peapot » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:23 am

You can also buy cranberry extract in pills.

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