Are you juicing for weight loss? Recipes with low-calorie fruits and veggies such as cucumber, celery and watermelon can be highly effective in a healthy weight loss plan. In fact, they come with a powerful one-two punch, as they have the additional benefit of acting as natural diuretics and combating water retention quite effectively.
Juice recipes to reduce water retention
You know, those mornings when you get up and your face and eyes are all puffy and bloated and your legs feel oh so heavy...
Don't worry if that sounds like you! I am here with plenty of practical help and 3 terrific juice recipes! :-)
Losing weight can be enough of a challenge as it is. None of us wants to deal with the additional burden of retaining extra water on top of it. This just adds more weight and can make us feel miserably uncomfortable.
So, how about making that extra water disappear? In my experience over almost 20 years, your juicer can be a powerful ally in fighting day-to-day water retention. I have often seen how my best juicing-for-weight-loss recipes come to the rescue and reduce water retention drastically!
What Is Water Retention?
You experience water retention when an abnormally high level of fluid builds up in your body tissues. The balance of water inside and outside your cells are regulated by a highly complex system of hormones, etc. in your body. When your body hangs on to more than the normal level of water, you may notice uncomfortable swelling and bloating in your limbs, face or abdomen.
At the same time, your weight will probably go up, frustrating you in your weight loss efforts.
Now, while there are particular health issues that could lead to serious water retention or edema, most of us experience the common form of it quite frequently. This is what we will look at in this article.
Please note that this is not to be seen as medical advice. If you have any ailment or are noticing water retention or swelling that continues (especially if you are pregnant), please consult your medical practitioner for advice.
What Causes Water Retention?
- Hormonal changes and imbalances
- Warmer weather
- Dehydration (Yes! See note below)
- Excess salt intake
- Clothes fitting too tightly
- Certain medications
- Food sensitivities or intolerance
Note: You may be surprised to see that dehydration can cause water retention. How does this work? When your body is craving water and you don't respond by drinking water or eating water-rich veggies or fruits, it is going to hang on for dear life to whatever fluids it already has!
The result? Water retention...big time!
So, by making sure that your body has all the water it needs, you will be helping the water regulation system to function optimally, thereby reducing water retention and probably dropping some pounds at the same time. A super motivation to drink enough water!
What Are The Symptoms Of Water Retention?
- Sudden weight fluctuations
- Swelling or bloating of your abdomen, hands, legs, feet or face
- Your joints may feel stiff and sore
- A sensation of heaviness in your legs
What Should You Avoid To Reduce Water Retention?
- Processed foods
- Salty foods and snacks (sodium)
- Pickled products
- Soups and sauces
- Dairy products
- Diet soda
- Canned foods
By targeting the right fruits and vegetables, you can restore balance and help your body to get rid of the excess fluids in your tissues.
Which Fruits And Vegetables Can Help To Combat Water Retention?
- Cucumber (also super-good for a clear, healthy skin and hair!)
- Bell peppers
Also refer to my article about fat-burning fruits and vegetables
A Few Of My Best Juice Recipes For Weight Loss And Reducing Water Retention
The juicing recipes for weight loss I am giving here, are just basic guidelines. Don't be afraid to experiment by adding this or taking that away. Our taste buds prescribe what we like to juice - some like it sweet, some prefer it tangy, some like it spicy...
It is great fun to try different combinations until you can come up with your own list of favorites. These recipes are not just useful for weight loss, but will help to reduce water retention as well. Two of my favorite ingredients for reducing bloating and puffiness are celery and cucumber.
What about improving the flavor of the juices? You can always try adding extras such as a nub of fresh ginger, a sprinkling of shredded coconut or some fresh mint leaves. Some folks even stir in ground nuts for more of a meal-in-a-glass!
1/2 Medium cucumber
Clean Green Juice
4 Celery stalks or ribs
4 Watercress leaves
4 Lettuce leaves (the darker green the lettuce, the better)
2 Red apples
A small piece of ginger for extra zing, if you prefer
- Wash all the ingredients thoroughly
- Try to get organic cucumbers, so that you can juice it skin and all
- Cut the celery into shorter pieces for easier handling
- Bunch up the watercress and lettuce for best results
- Quarter the apples and pear. Don't peel, but discard seeds
- Run the whole lot through your juice extractor and enjoy!
Juicing For Weight Loss With Watermelon
5 to 6 Cups watermelon chunks (see note below)
Bloating Buster Juice
1 Cup blueberries or mixed berries
Small handful parsley (or according to taste)
3 Ribs or stalks celery
Note: Many folks like to juice watermelon with the rind. Check the manual that comes with your juicer to see if your machine is powerful enough to handle this. The rind is extremely nutrient-rich. Just be sure to wash the watermelon thoroughly before cutting it.
- Wash the berries, parsley, celery and lime
- Peel lime, discarding skin. Cut into chunks
- Juice and enjoy over crushed ice
2 to 3 Medium
4 to 5 Carrots
Craving Crusher Juice
2 Handfuls of baby spinach
2 Celery stalks
Small handful fresh parsley
- Discard carrot greens
- Wash all the produce
- Trim the carrot ends
- Cut the celery into chunks if necessary
- Roll the spinach into little balls
- Quarter the pear. Don't peel, but discard seeds
- Juice each carrot with some of the spinach and parsley (the hardness of the carrot helps to get more from the greens)
- Juice the celery and apple
- Pour over ice cubes and serve!
Note: Carrot and parsley may help you to overcome all sorts of food cravings.
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