I prodotti della natura contro la ritenzione idrica! Quali ti aiutano


Spring is here and (maybe, finally!!) warm weather is also coming? Are you already dreaming of sunshine and the outdoors and longing to get to summer in the best shape of your life?

Well yes, it does seem like a good time to take up the topic of water retention again!

In particular, today we will focus on its causes related to diet and lifestyle and natural products that can help counteract it.

Let’s get the ball rolling!

Water retention: what is it?

We have already seen in previous articles what is meant by water retention: we refer, in particular, to an accumulation of fluid, which can be localized in a single area (such as belly, legs, and abdomen) or spread throughout the body.

Please note: If you are interested in learning more about what water retention is, we have discussed it here.

Why does it occur and how can we deal with it?

Come out spring Nature's products against water retentionThe causes leading to water retention are many and can be related to hormonal factors, circulation defects, stress, poor habits, and so on.

Some factors are more difficult to act on. In general, however, the first step we can take to counteract its onset is definitely to act on our lifestyle!

And yes, as you may have already realized, you need to have an eye toward nutrition and physical activity! Many of you will have experienced an unpleasant feeling of bloating in your stomach and legs following days of big eating. On the contrary, you may have experienced a feeling of well-being once you get back to moving regularly and eating properly.

It is very important, when it comes to water retention, to address the problem from different perspectives: taking action on your lifestyle, however, is definitely the first step!

At this point, a question arises: but what if eating properly and exercising regularly is not enough?

No fear!!! The world of plants is rich in “natural” resources that can come to our aid to assist the effects of proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle!

Let’s take a look at some of the many natural remedies to combat our enemy water retention!

ingredients for water retention


You know that tree with smooth white bark and frequent dark cracks along the trunk? Well, we are indeed talking about the birch tree!

In addition to being a distinctive and elegant-looking plant, birch is also known for its beneficial properties.

Birch leaves, due to the presence of compounds such as saponins and flavonic glycosides, are endowed with a draining effect, which is carried out without resulting in excessive loss of mineral salts: therefore, they prove to be potentially very useful in combating water retention!

Birch also can exert beneficial effects on lipid and cholesterol metabolism by increasing bile fluidity and promoting physiological control of blood cholesterol.

Sap can be extracted from the birch tree trunk. Birch sap contains minerals, especially potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, chromium and selenium, Vitamin C, malic acid and heterosides (glycosides). These compounds result in its draining (thanks in particular to its high potassium content) and anti-inflammatory (attributable to the heterosides) properties.In fact, birch sap proves to be a valuable aid in combating ailments such as water retention!


Lespedeza is a plant belonging to the Leguminosae family. Lespedeza leaves contain tannins and flavonoids, including lespecapitoside, a flavonic glycoside that, due to its particular chemical structure, is able to exert its draining action longer than other flavonoids.

Speaking of draining action… Lespedeza acts precisely at the level of the renal system, optimizing its function: it induces lower vascular resistance and an increase in the volume of glomerular filtrate, contributing to the elimination of toxins and draining excess fluids!


Milk thistle is a herbaceous plant typical of Mediterranean areas. Its main constituent is silymarin, which is a mixture of three active ingredients that can be found in different plants. Other components include organic acids, vitamins C, E and K, and some flavonoids.

Milk thistle is known for its property of protecting the liver from substances that could damage it (such as alcohol, industrial toxins, or other toxic substances). This is possible because of the antioxidant properties of silymarin and an action at the level of liver cells, which consists of hindering the penetration of toxic substances into the cell and increasing the synthesis of liver proteins.

In addition, a protective effect of milk thistle on the kidneys from damage caused by toxic substances has also been shown.


It is a typically Mediterranean herbaceous perennial plant. The compounds in artichoke that determine its properties are several: chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, cynarin, flavonides and tannins, and organic acids.

Fun fact: It is some of these compounds (particularly cynarin and sesquiterpene lactones) that give artichokes their bitter taste!

Artichoke is traditionally used to promote the well-being of the liver, supporting its function in detoxifying the body. In particular, its choleretic properties, i.e., stimulating bile synthesis and secretion, and its antioxidant and protective effects against toxic substances are well known.

Artichoke also has a draining action, proving to be a valuable aid against water retention! This property is probably related to a combined action of the different constituents of the plant, particularly flavonoids, potassium salts, magnesium, and organic acids.

Finally, artichoke also acts on lipid metabolism: it can decrease the production of endogenous cholesterol and triglycerides, and increase their elimination.


Grapes are the fruit of the Grapevine, a climbing shrub belonging to the Vitaceae family.

Its main components are polyphenols and anthocyanosides, particularly flavonoids and tannins. Organic acids and mineral salts are also present.

Due to the presence of anthocyanosides, grapes have an angioprotective (i.e., protecting vascular capillaries) action at the level of the microcirculation. Anthocyanosides in particular are able to reactivate local microcirculation, improve venous outflow and facilitate the removal of interstitial fluids, helping to reduce swelling.

abdominal bloating ingredients for water retention

To conclude.

As you can see, nature offers many resources that can counteract water retention! We have seen just a few, but there are many plants that can help promote our well-being and help us regain fitness.

If you are interested in the topic of water retention, we have also discussed it in other articles that you can find in the dedicated section of the blog(!

Drenax e ritenzione idrica

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