Natural Cures for Bloating and Fluid Retention

| Modified on Jul 12, 2021

Betaine HcL, Probiotics
Posted by Ksafan (Riyadh Central Province) on 02/17/2021
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If you are bloated; means you are not digesting the food in time, indigestion causes gas to accumulate. This will lead to gas to go up the esophagus and cause problems. Usually when having indigestion is a sign of low stomach acid. Taking betaine-hcl tabs and probiotics would. That is what I did. I made my own concoction smoothie. My smoothie is made up of 2 saba(bananas), moringa leaves, saluyot leaves, a little ginger, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1 bottle yakult, some coco water I blend all engridients to a smoothie. 15 min before each meal I eat half a cup of smoothie.

Try this it worked for me. This will heal your gut. You'll see the result after a few days. Also avoid fried and fatty foods. No need to take any meds. Try it. Good luck.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Dani (Fl) on 08/13/2018

If you don't have to take metformin, then don't. It makes you tired and sluggish and may have to do with your depression too. I used to take it but being in college I don't have time to be tired. I've just been eating healthier and I am nowhere near being diabetic now.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Eddie (California, Usa) on 07/18/2018

In my opinion it could be that your body is too acidic!! Have you checked your ph level?

Posted by Vasudha (Ca) on 05/29/2018

Regarding the post from 2008, what would be the daily dosage for lycopodium? Also wondering what the concentration was and how many times a day?

Parasite Cause
Posted by Amy (Minnesota) on 07/23/2017

Did you ever find out more for you what helped? I feel very similar to you.

Vitamin C
Posted by Dreamseeker (Miami, Fl) on 06/24/2017
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Hello, I have very large fibroids for years now. Like clockwork I would get severe bloating right before my cycle. So severe that I could look anywhere from 3-6 months pregnant. If lucky the bloating would go away as soon as my cycle started. This severe bloating was absolutely depressing. My stomach felt hard & uncomfortable...I couldn't fit my clothes and had to go through all types of measures in an attempt to hide my mid-section. People would routinely ask me if I was pregnant which was also depressing because I wasn't. I felt insecure, ugly & untouchable. I wasn't sure what to do about it (the bloating) while still battling what I could do to get rid of my fibroids without surgery. I tried different things that didn't work for the bloating including ACV (pills & in water). Diuretic pills worked great but they were expensive (I'm frugal) and served only the purpose of helping with bloat.

Anyhow in seeking a solution to reduce my fibroids I recently started taking Vitamin C. I now take between 1000-6000mg of Vitamin C EVERYDAY and it has completely prevented premenstrual bloat. I take 1 Vitamin C pill (1000mg) with a bottle of water a few times a day. If I have 500mg Vitamin C pills, I take a few at a time a few times a day.

Vitamin C also from everything I have researched is great for your skin & liver so overall it is a worthwhile endeavor. I highly recommend adding daily Vitamin C as a way to fend off bloating issues. I don't like the chewables and haven't experienced any drawbacks from taking Vitamin C in large doses. Some research also recommends high dose daily Vitamin C for general health purposes. It is also recommended to space out the dosages throughout the day for better absorption. I still drink orange juice regularly also.

I hope this info helps others:)

Check for Low Stomach Acid
Posted by A.C. (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 04/09/2017

For Fluid Retention: Get a stomach acid test. Most people suffer from leaky gut and low stomach acid production and don't even know it. Causes things like Diabetes and a myriad of other problems. If your body does not make enough acid it has a hard time breaking down proteins, and does not signal to the pancreas to release enzymes etc... Lots of things to consider here

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tami (Slc, Ut) on 11/01/2016
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I have suffered with chronic bloating, excessive belching and gas, abdominal cramping (ranging from annoying to intense pain), inflammation, water retention, fogging brain, bad breath, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, swollen belly, etc) for 13-14 yrs. I have had about $20,000 of medical tests performed to find the problem, ending in no diagnosis. The gastroenterology best guess was either SIBO or inadequate peristaltic movements in the intestines. We got rid of the diarrhea with VSL3 probiotic but then I started tending towards constipation. I have also investigated numerous natural remedy supplements and diets (GAPS, fodmaps), costing me thousands of dollars. All to no avail. There were two things that helped somewhat. Homemade kefir and raw MSM. The kefir reduced my symptoms and the MSM reduced the level of discomfort due to reduced inflammation.

And then I tried organic Apple Cider Vinegar. 1 TBPS, 1 cup hot water, 1 TBPS honey every morning. I have been doing this for about 7 weeks and this is all I have for breakfast. I will then eat a snack about 10 am. I am absolutely blown away with how much better I feel. I'm not constipated any more and all my bloating symptoms are gone with the exception of 2-3 days associated with my period. After I drink it my stomach feels warm and comfortable and I no longer look like I'm 6 months pregnant half the time. Who would have thought that a product that is so affordable and easy to implement would have such an effect.

@Jayadurga (post from 2008) No, I have not had any depression. However, I have noticed more arthritis pain. I don't know if there is a connection because I know someone who is taking ACV to relieve arthritis pain.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kat (La) on 07/17/2016


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Matilda (Nigeria) on 03/09/2016

I have been having stomach fluid retention for 4 years now and have done fluid extraction twice now but still notice the fluid is gathering again, I don't want another operation. Can I take apple cider vinegar?

Posted by Kasra (Terhan, Iran) on 10/22/2015
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Remedy for Foamy Saliva, Excessive Saliva Production, Bloating

Saliva is foamy because there are many air bubbles in it , and air bubbles are result of dehydration , when you're dehydrated your salivary glands can't make saliva properly, so because of lack of water there are much air bubbles in it ..

Your body produce saliva to help digesting the food, when your stomach can't digest the food, body produce saliva ( ofcourse it is not the only reason of saliva excretion , but this is one of many ) to help your upset stomach ..

My history:

I'm suffering from esophagitis caused by gerd and duodenitis .. Even drinking water itself made me feel bloated ..

How I stopped saliva production:

As I even wasn't able to drink water without getting sick , I used to put a glass of water beside me, and sipping on it every once in awhile , specially right after I felt bloated or burp painfully, just after some days I got better, no more foamy saliva in my mouth and saliva production completely went away and I never felt bloated that bad again, and everytime felt a bit bloated, just sipped on water and everything came back to normal so fast cause now I know what my body is trying to tell me ..

Hope it helps somebody cause this situation really hurts and interferes with life activities ..

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Hairguru (Nyc) on 08/10/2015

My naturopath told me that "the mother" (aka, fermentation/enzymes @ the bottom of the raw unfiltered ACV bottle) is WHAT the body needs. Its the same as kefir, kimchi, etc w/raw enzymes.

I was tested for candida DURING and after I took ACV (regularly) for over 2yrs. NO candida.

I, however (was) taking a strong probiotic.

I cured a looming pre diabetes (A1C @ 5.9 for 3yrs) and went down to a NORMAL 5.5! PRAISE THE LORD! - and lost 7lbs in the process xo)).

If you suspect candida, find some DIFLUCAN. Its an Rx that my ND Dr.gave me. 1 pill/ 1x a yr. Worked well, pee/poo, sweat etc yeast die off was thorough. Gave one to hubby also, cuz he drinks a lot of beer, @ eats a lot of bread, pasta, and pizza. uughh-

Dietary Changes
Posted by Hoppimike (Kent, England) on 06/05/2015 22 posts
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I reduced my previously very bad gas and bloating to almost nil by switching to a diet that separated my intake of fibre and carbohydrate. This is because (I theorise) fibre pulls the carbs down to the colon, where it feeds whatever imbalance is down there (I suspect Candidiasis or some kind of infection).

So, every morning I have olives. I do this because they have fibre but zero carbs. I have a fair few, enough to keep my system moving.

Then, during the rest of the day, I have zero fibre. I eat fish, meat, zero fibre sweets, lactose-free dairy sometimes, stuff like that. Limited, yes, but at least it works!

The results is little to no gas, more energy, etc.

In the long run, I want to actually FIX the problem in my colon, but at least this is helping!

Best of luck! :)

Posted by Karl (Nova Scotia) on 05/23/2015 9 posts
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I am so sorry, I didn't mention that it was a GNC Probiotic Complex product, in 1 capsule a day form @ 25 billion CFU, I have tried kefir with no side effects that I am aware of, but did not notice any difference with my bloating/gut/intestinal issues. Also I noticed incredible relief from this issue if I eat sauerkraut before or during meals.

Hope this helps you out.

Be well

Posted by Cathleen (Los Angeles) on 05/22/2015
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Probiotics are not for everyone. I ended up in the E.R. from taking just one cup of Kefir and a serving of Yakult. Whether it is "die off" or not, three weeks later, and I feel like the bottom of my stomach is going to fall out.

While most people have no problems with probiotics, some people like myself, have adverse reactions to the cultures in these fermented products. The E.R. doctor says he sees a lot of people coming in doing detox diets and that these products are not regulated as to how much bacteria is put in. Apparently, the bacteria in these products did not mix with my system, and I am still feeling the aftermath.

Be careful.

Posted by Watcher248 (Canada) on 03/05/2015 9 posts
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Had issues with bloating, (Age 60+) Always felt like... all I needed was a good burp.... after I ate but I could not get a natural one out.... until the probiotics ...It was very painful, it was so bad, I thought it might be a heart attack...upper chest pressure felt like I was going to explode, first thing Doctor wanted to do was to rip out my gallbladder, no test no alternative fixes to try, except just rip out the gallbladder. Healer my ass, anyways this went on for years, just ran across a thought and tried it, Probiotic [email protected] 25 billion to start it seems to have stopped it right in its tracks, need to keep myself well hydrated especially before meals, 8oz or more of reverse osmosis water, I cant bring myself to drink municipal tap water. Anyways if you have stomach problems and baking soda re-leaves it only temporarily, check it out, its so nice to be able to eat (within limits) what we have been led to believe... is normal food again.

Also related to this or not, my contact dermatitis is due to an allergy of the Hair Dye my wife was using (unceasing severe burning and weeping eyes) for some 3 or 4 years, prednazone was used to bring this under control but would always come back. Avoid this poison at all cost.

Just a thought is all........


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Yekara (Jerusalem) on 02/11/2015

Warning, Please be careful with the combo of Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda. I got real sick after taking it at night, got headache, nausea etc. felt awful most of the day. I generally seem to do ok with Apple Cider Vinegar alone, even tho I usually do not tolerate vinegar at all. Be sure to take the kind with the mother in it. Also make sure to keep well hydrated. I had a fair amount of loose stools and I got dehydrated and had to have saline iv.

So, please be sure to drink plenty of water, and most especially if you have lose bowels. Yekara

Baking Powder
Posted by Misty (In, Usa) on 04/14/2014

Actually, not all baking powder contains aluminum. I purchased a tub of aluminum-free baking powder, but there are also recipes to make your own online. Though it's likely that the results were caused by the baking soda contained in the baking powder, baking powder will work in a pinch if you don't have baking soda on hand.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 02/04/2014

I know someone who started drinking coconut milk a couple months ago and their fluid retention problem doesn't seem to be that much of a problem anymore. You may want to try try 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil every day. Start slowly and work your way up. It seems to fix many health problems.

Just a few caveats. Hopefully you are not on any medications because that seems to increase negative reactions to supplements. In a few people, there may be a negative reaction like rash and for some unexplainable reason some people who do well on it for months may then get worse.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 02/04/2014

Dear Lisa,

Sometimes when my children need to take apple cider vinegar they just take it straight. Personally, I can't bear it. But they don't want to draw it out. So, yes, I think you can take 2 capfuls straight. Ideally you will follow with water, though. I do think in general, it works best to just have some vinegar water throughout the day, but taking it straight does help often times.

You might look into dandelion root - it is good for water retention.

I hope you feel better soon!

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lisa (Houston Tx) on 02/04/2014

Hi everyone, I am a 46 yr old mom with an 8 yr old and a wonderful loving husband who loves me unconditionally but I am so miserable with bloat from fluid retention.. I am wondering if it will hurt me to drink 2 cap fulls at a time. Or does it work best to drink with water? I am so miserable. Any advice on the ACV will help me out so much. Thank u be blessed everyone! #MrsMiserable

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Timh (Ky, Usa) on 12/12/2013 2084 posts

DMG is Dimethylglycine, sometimes referred to as B-15. DMG is a methyl donor in the same fashion as Methionine and B-12; all of which enhance detoxification and fat burning/energy production. 125mg daily would be recommended.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lois (Coyote, Ca) on 12/11/2013

TimH, what is DMG?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Anonymous (USA) on 11/25/2013

Eating large meals can put stress on the liver and cause bloating, eat smaller lighter meals. Get more vitamin A, like in carrot juice and parsley.

Don't eat wheat, milk or sugar.

Coffee is a diuretic, but if you use it too much it can cause bloating because it causes your body to want to retain salt. It is also said to suppress the body's healing process and to leach minerals from bones and create an overly acidic body. It can raise your blood pressure to the extent that the tiny blood vessels in your eyes and kidneys can be damaged. It also impairs memory because it puts your body in the "fight or flight" mode - a type of "overdrive" which naturally changes how you remember things.

Don't take aspirin, especially with coffee on an empty stomach. It can cause ulcers in the stomach. If you dissolve the aspirin in water and drink it it is less likely to cause an ulcer.

Take kelp powder, spirulina, hemp seed powder, eat fresh parsley, fresh broccoli. Eat raw cucumbers, squash and pumpkin. Try raw eggs if you're brave, whole milk cottage cheese, 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp. ginger powder in hot milk. Hot milk with 1/2 tsp. cumin powder.

If you have bloating from leaky gut avoid scratchy foods like popcorn, crushed black pepper granules, strawberries (seeds), whole wheat bread. Don't take crushed flax seed.

Azithromiacin or another antibiotic may help if the bloating is from an infection.

Fennel seed tea, fresh apples help settle digestion.

Hawthorn and hibiscus may help, too.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Timh (Ky, Usa) on 09/02/2013 2084 posts

I have tried many fatty liver remedies and the single most effective one, in my case, is L-Methionine 1grm daily w/ Vit-B12 1000mcg daily, and an occasional DMG.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Soullady (Louisville, Ky) on 09/01/2013

I have had bloating issues for over a decade. I found out its a fatty liver. It also explained my irritability and depression. Look up fatty liver symptoms and ask your doctor for an ultrasound. Losing weight is a main cure and mild liver detox methods like acv... Warm water with fresh squeezed lemon throughout day.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Eva (Nyc) on 07/30/2013

TS= teaspoon.

Baking Soda
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 06/15/2013

Read the baking soda package! 1-2 Tablespoons is too much! I think the recommended dosage is 1/2 tsp. In water. Read the box, but buy the aluminum free kind.

Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 06/15/2013

The best thing to tame down gallstones, I've found, is lots of apple juice. The malic acid dissolves them.

Dietary Changes, Enzymes
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 06/15/2013

Look up SIBO on Earth Clinic. Then read some posts on other forums too. Brown rice is actually bad if you have SIBO. If you have IBS, most likely, you have SIBO.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 04/24/2013

I find that my bloating is greatly decreased when I stay on A F betafood.. The difference is night and day.... 1-10 tablets a day. 1-3 after or before a meal and sometimes I take 1-2 to help me digest my other vitamins.

Baking Soda
Posted by Samantha (Abbotsford, Bc, Canada) on 04/14/2013
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Baking soda has been a HUGE help to my bloating issues. I've had IBS for many years now and have tried all sorts of things. Baking soda makes the most impact. It's important to take it on an empty stomach, 4 hours after a meal or 1 hour before. I started with the standard protocol of 1/2 a tsp in 1/2 a cup of warm water (warm to make sure it's fully dissolved). You can take this dose up to 6 times a day, 2 hours apart. I've never done that much but use as needed.

I now take 1 tsp in 1 cup of warm water before bed and the burping helps to release all the stomach pressure that can't get out which really helps me sleep better. Also, as a side benefit, it helps me sleep solid through the night. I went off of the valiarian root I was taking for sleep because the baking soda was doing such a great job. I sometimes take a dose in the morning as well to help with alkininity.

As a side note, it's also been helping me get rid of parasites, deal with acidity issues, and inflammation (it really soothes my brain and other irritated body parts). Oh I forgot! It also soothes bladder pain; I haven't had it anymore so I totally forgot about that. It's a fantastic remedy for many things. Hope this helps someone like it did for me! :)

Parasite Cause
Posted by Roec (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/06/2013

I don't know in your area. I do recall watching a video on youtube by an English guy talking about green walnut tincture. He outlines how effective the light green tincture is before it darkens. He makes and sells it in England but that's all I know. I'd try to find that video again but youtube is blocked here at work.

I would investigate the old neighborhoods with tall trees or out in the country for walnut trees. They are fairly common. In the fall when the nuts are on the trees, the best way to spot them is to look for the fallen walnut husks on the ground, or listen to friends or family complaining about cleaning them every year out of the yard.

That is how I discovered them here in California. I was at a park and saw these small blackened balls on the ground and saw green ones in the trees. After researching online I was ecstatic, they are a black walnut species native to southern California. I had no idea there were black walnuts in herw California.

Parasite Cause
Posted by Heavenlychoirs88 (London) on 02/06/2013

Hi, Yes, I tested positive for candida but did an 8 week treatment of horopito to get rid of it and because I no longer have vaginal discharge, I assume it is gone. So the massive bloating is not that.

Parasite Cause
Posted by Healthyeatn (Richmond, Va) on 02/06/2013

Candida can cause the bloating you describe. Parasites can also accompany the candida so just getting rid of the parasites will not completely solve the problem. Do a search on candida treatments (this site and others) for ways to effectively deal with candida. At a minimum, reducing sugar and things that convert to sugar is mandatory, alkalizing your body with foods and using supplements like Pau d'Arco, Black walnut, ACV, and coconut oils can help. Be prepared for "die off" and know how to manage that... Vit C and lots of h2o help. You will feel so much better but may feel worse at first due to die off. Good Luck and Be Patient!

Parasite Cause
Posted by Heavenlychoirs88 (London) on 02/06/2013

Thank you for your reply. Do you know a good source where I can buy the tincture as I don't know of any walnut trees near me so can't make my own which is a shame?

Parasite Cause
Posted by Roec (Los Angeles, Ca) on 02/05/2013

You may want to investigate possible liver issues when stool is light in color.

I recommend a parasite cleans using Black walnut, wormwood and cloves.

This protocol is the best for eliminating parasites in the gut thus alleviating bloating. This is to be administered 3 times a day 30 minutes before a meal for 21 days.

Be sure that the black walnut you receive is still green in color as its most effective when still green. It's difficult to find a good source of green tincture and tinctures oxidize quickly when opened repeatedly and become less effective over time. That's why I prefer freeze dried Black walnut. Its even harder to find Black Walnut freeze dried that is still green in color.

In late summer, there are Black walnut trees in England that fruit walnuts. I would advise you make your own tincture. I have made a how to video on youtube. Just do a search on "how to make black walnut tincture" Mine is the one with just music in the background as I collect the nuts and make the tincture.

Parasite Cause
Posted by Heavenlychoirs88 (London) on 02/05/2013

Could worms only be causing my bloating?

Hi, I have soft yellow stools, massive bloating every time I eat and gas. I have tried many cures which have done not very much - clarkia I shed some white bits in my stools for a few days but then I stopped it and went onto H2O2, Diatomaceous earth did nothing, mms gave me severe cramping so I discontinued it and am now on H2o2. What I would like to know is could the worms I found in my stool - 2 different types - one a roundworm and other other unidentifiable (and I did a metametrix test which came up with pin worm but no others). So could the worms in my stool really be giving me this 10 months pregnant bloating after I eat something or could it be something else? Hope you can help. I am desperate.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Linda B (Anoka, Minn) on 06/23/2012

Hi Andie! I read on a site that the kind of ferment used to make ACV is what is called a 'wild ferment'. It's also the same with beer and wine, which is why they are so bad for candida sufferers. I think it was on the wild fermentation web site by Sandor Katz.

I am using kefir grains and vegetable ferments (saurkraut, kimchi, etc. ). They seem to really help!

I wish I could reap all the benefits of ACV also - maybe when I get this candida thing under control....

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Nadine (Muskoka, Ontario Canada) on 05/03/2012
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Hi, an advocate for simplicity, I always have Apple Cider Vinegar in my fridge. I just started on chia seeds. after several days=water retention huge... Downed several teaspoons of ACV with immediate results of its removal.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mswish (Leland, Nc) on 04/02/2012

When I used to have real bad fluid retention it used to end me up in the hospital. I changed my diet, no salt, instead of sugar I used agave nectar, I ate raw salads with lots of greens, broccoli, spinach ect and I always added apples to make it sweet, and I totally killed the pork. Now I don't have it as bad only when my "girl time" comes every month. But if you make a salad of raw veggies and use the apples to sweeten it it should help. I hope this helps you!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Leya (Slc, Ut) on 03/09/2012

You may get bloated due to an allergy to ACV. If you feel uncomfortable when taking it, stop! Food allergies actually cause bloating and fluid retention, which is why ACV doesn't work for some people. If you can't stand taking it, that's a sign that your body doesn't want you to.

Dietary Changes, Enzymes
Posted by Jen (Tacoma, Wa) on 10/01/2011

I'm confused... Brown rice doesn't contain gluten so why is it on your "no" list?

Baking Powder
Posted by Kelly (Bowling Green, Ky) on 09/30/2011

I thought it was baking soda too. It helps to relieve gas. And much more.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Karenina (Southampton, Hampshire, Uk) on 09/15/2011

Hi Uma, what does TS stand for please?

Many thanks, Karenina

Baking Powder
Posted by Ravenquille (High In The Mountains, Pa) on 08/17/2011

You should use Baking SODA, not Baking POWDER. Baking Powder contains Aluminum. Not at all good for you.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tracer (Maryland Heights, Mo.) on 07/31/2011
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Why do I feel bloated after taking 2T of ACV/1/4 t of baking soda? SHOULD I STOP TAKING IT?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Not A Happy Chique (Seattle, Wa) on 07/23/2011
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Apple Cider Vinegar was the reason that I got bloated :/ any cures for that?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Andie (Redondo Beach, Ca, Usa) on 06/11/2011

I am very impressed with all of that great feedback in regards to ACV but I was told that ACV has molds in it and one shouldn't take it if they are prone to candida like symptoms. Anybody know about this? Thanks!

Avoid Grains, Potatoes
Posted by Gloria (Brentwood, Ny, Usa) on 05/25/2011
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I have suffered of water retention all my life and no doctor could help me. Finally after reading a lot of books and doing trial and error with my body I'm at peace with my body. I even become a hypnotherapist trying to get some answers and I did.

My answer to inflammation, swelling, bloating, etc is to give up all the white stuff: everything made with wheat, potatos (big culprit), rice, excess sugar or replacements and grains as a whole. I know for some people it's not easy but at the same time it's easier than it seems. I increased proteins (chicken, fish, beef) consumption and vegetables and fruits. The more protein the less cravings yo have.

Do you see animals eating grains in the wild? Maybe I am wrong, but animals in nature eat each other or they eat plants, leaves, fruits, seeds and other animal's eggs.

Grains are hard to digest, we need to take out the bran in order to eat them (as rice, oats, wheat, etc) or soak them for hours to soften them (chicken peas, beans, etc). I wonder: Is it nature trying to tell us something? Anyway, let me assure you: If you really want to improve your health forget at least about everything and I mean everything made with wheat and avoid potatos and rice at least.

Baking Soda
Posted by Lori Walker (San Jose, Ca) on 04/24/2011
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Bakig soda is dangerous for people with high blood pressure. Be careful and ask your doctor.

Artificial Sweeteners
Posted by Anonymous (Somewhere, Out There) on 12/16/2010

Damage to the digestive tract such as from Celiac gluten intolerance can cause bloating too, and may create a diabetic state. Your wife might feel a lot better if she cut gluten from her diet, have her try it for a week. If she feels better, she may have an intolerance. If she loves bakery, try some of the many gluten free recipes. Many of them are just a delicious as their wheat counterparts.

Coffee and caffeine consumption may damage the digestive tract too by increasing the acidity of the tract and inhibiting the absorption of nutrients such as iron, zinc and calcium. They also may increase blood pressure, which can damage the kidneys, and increase insulin production, which may cause blood sugar to fluctuate or lead to insulin resistance. In place of coffee try chamomile/basil/catnip tea, don't add milk. Or mix 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of organic ginger powder and a pinch of cayenne in a mug of warm water. A heaping tablespoon of grated horseradish root mixed into ketchup eaten with potato chips or raw veggies clears head congestion and increases feeling of wellbeing. Cat's Claw tea helps, too, if you feel achy from drinking coffee. I hope this helps your wife. She may also like to try goat milk, which is easier to digest than cow milk, or kefir, which is a yogurt like beverage. Simply taking psyllium fibre daily might help the bloating, too.

Artificial Sweeteners
Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 12/05/2010

Hi Keith, the only sweetener I have ever used is Stevia, a lot of the others seem to be quite harmful. I don't have weight issues or anything but I use Stevia in order to avoid using sugar in my tea. There is a very interesting book called Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills where the author explains a lot of facts about Aspartame and why you should avoid it.

Artificial Sweeteners
Posted by Keith (Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England) on 12/05/2010
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My wife has been trying to diet over several years and started to suffer badly with fluid retention. I had read somewhere that artificial sweetners can cause this and we know that many of her medications for diabeties and cronic back problems also cause weight gain, so we had to try something to help her. My wife stopped using anything with artificial sweetners in it and low and behold over the next two weeks the amount of fluid retention decreased by 50% and is still on the decrease. I hope that this will help some people suffering from the same problems.

Posted by Carly (Seattle, Wa Usa) on 10/12/2010

Hi Pam -

Good for you! Glad to hear you are feeling better. :-) One thing on the B vitamins though, as I understand it, the "B's" all work together, and taking just one of them will thow you off on the rest of them... You need to take a "Balanced B" supplement - where there is a combo of all of them. I take a Balanced B-100 right now, and it seems to be good. I have noticed I lose a lot of water weight when I take my B vitamins... Usually I can drop about 5lbs of water in a couple of days when I have been ignoring them for a few days and start taking them again. Also - glad to hear you are going to try the boron! I am SO thrilled with the results I have gotten from it re my knuckles and the pain I had in them. You should know within 2 weeks if it is what you were missing or not. I knew within one, but from what I have read different people are different, and it depends on the person. Good luck to you, and keep us posted? I am always interested to hear what is or is not working for others. This forum is awesome for sharing our tales of woe, as well as our victories! :-). Carly

Posted by Pam (Marlborough, Ct.) on 10/12/2010
4 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to thank the people that got back to me on this, as I have started taking 250mg timed released B3 last week and my hands are 50% improved, I can't believe this myself but it is the only change I have made, I am also starting to take Tumeric and boron today. Just one more question about the B3 do you think I should increase the dose or stay where I am. Thanks to this wonderful place, I can't believe how much better I am feeling. I still take pain pills but not as often. Any reply would be appreciated.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Laurie (Flora, Il, Us) on 06/13/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I read how acv helps with weight loss so I took one tbl in a glass of water. This was vinegar from the grocery store. I noticed a feeling in my stomach I can never remember having in my life. Ive always had a weight problem and never feel full unless I stuff myself. Anyway my stomach felt satisfied and I hadn't eaten for hours. I knew it was because of the vinegar so I searched on the net and found that asv gives a feeling of satiety (feeling you get when you're full). I also read to drink acv that has not been processed which is what you get at the grocery, so I found a site that sells it with the "mother" still in it (read on the net what that is). I have had an extreme problem with swelling in my legs, stomach and hands for yrs and yrs. It has been my life. Anyway, I started drinking 3 tbls in a glass of water before meals. I could only eat twice a day because I felt full for hours and hours!! wonderful!! After a few days I had to get up repeatedly at night to urinate and I would go a gallon each time it seemed. I didn't even know I could hold that much. And my legs and feet swelled beyond belief. I did some research and figured I was detoxifying so I toughed it out and after about a week all the swelling went out of my legs, feet and hands and my stomach went down...I was astonished! And it did not come back until I went on a medication that upset my stomach so bad I couldn't drink the acv for 10 days. After a few days the hunger came back and after about 10 days so did the swelling. I'm now off the medication and back on the vinegar as of yesterday, and will let you know the outcome.

Oh yes, I also have a real bad problem with exhaling when I recline to do breathing relaxation exercises my doctor has me do for stress. It has made me miserable....Well guess what. After taking the vinegar a few days I could breath out normally!! And like the water retention and hunger returning after going off the acv, the trouble with breathing came back too... amazing.

Posted by Faithinhealing (Forest Park, Ohio) on 04/29/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I wanted to say YEA for using garlic for bloating and fluid retention. I actually started garlic because I have gallstones and was trying to fight an infection that I knew I had, although lab results said my urine was clear. I took three cloves of garlic crushed up in some yogurt before bed. I have insomnia really bad and was up urinating most of the night.

I also suffer from extreme mood swings and I noticed that I felt lighter the next day in mood and in weight. I got on the scale and my weight was down from 206 the previous day to 199. I have lost 7 pounds of water weight over night!

In my quest to get rid of the infection that seems to be wreaking havoc on my body, I'm still taking three cloves of garlic at night. This is my second week and hopefully the garlic will kill the infection.

Dietary Changes, Enzymes
Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 12/22/2009 510 posts

Hello Rhonda from Providence, RI,

If the bloating is from the beans you love, a simple cure for that is to put 1/4 tsp. ground ginger to the pound of dry beans you are cooking. Ginger is great for decreasing gas.

Dietary Changes, Enzymes
Posted by Rhonda (Providence, Ri) on 12/19/2009

Hello Saffi from New York -- Read your post from back in October, and I'd love to know how you're doing on the low-sugar program. I've cut out all sugar and grains too, for about 2 months now, but still suffer from bloating. I wonder if it's because of all the beans I love? Or maybe my portions need to be smaller. I stopped eating fruit also to eliminate that possibility.

Well, I hope you're having wonderful progress & I'd like to hear from you! ~~~Rhonda

Dietary Changes, Enzymes
Posted by Saffi (New York, NY) on 10/11/2009

Dear Rebekah,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed response. And also for your willingness to share the info. I have just started your diet, along with probiotics and digestive enzymes before each meal. I'm super excited to see if I get the same results as you are getting!

Thanks again for the info. I love this site for allowing us to connect and be able to help each other!

Dietary Changes, Enzymes
Posted by Rebekah (Athens, Ga) on 10/03/2009

To Saffi-

Yes I know how you feel! I'd be happy to share more details. And I must warn you- if you have been a big sugar eater like I used to be, the first week will be absolute torture and the sugar cravings will practically keep you up at night. It is a real challenge.

For the most part I have been following the advice in a popular book and I don't think I am allowed to recommend any specific products, but if you can find a book about balancing the body's inner ecology, that has helped guide me.

Now for the food that I eat:

First thing in the morning it's nice to drink some unsweetened kefir. I feel like this helps put the "good bacteria" in my system to start out the day. I wait a while before eating if I have some kefir. I also take a probiotic supplement at this time.

Breakfast is usually cream of buckwheat with butter and sea salt. Yummy if made with unsweetened coconut milk instead of water. The coconut milk has been easy on my stomach and seems to be the only type of "milk" that I can consume. Another breakfast fave of mine is scrambled eggs and a salad. I found a salad dressing made with apple cider vinegar (the only type of vinegar I can handle) and no added sweetener. I am reading labels like crazy now and I am shocked to see how much sugar is in everything! Oh and I should mention that I never have the buckwheat at the same time as eggs- it goes against "proper food combining" to eat protein and starch together. And I use butter to cook everything instead of using any heavy oils. It's so much easier on my tummy. (Butter and kefir are the only dairy products I have been consuming.)

Lunch is usually soup! I have never really cooked in my life before now, but I found a bunch of recipes for soups and I just make a huge batch that lasts me a few days. That way when I am hungry (which is often on this diet!) I can just heat up some soup. Lots of carrots and onions in the soup kinda satisfy the urge for sweetness. I am eating a lot of salads, I haven't done this yet but something good would be to have salad with hard boiled egg or maybe some chicken on top.

Dinner is generally some organic meat and then steamed or sauteed vegies. Pork chops, boiled chicken, even steaks I have eaten and my tummy is feeling good. I try to have more vegies than meat. I never eat too much to the point of feeling full, I try to keep my portions reasonable (I used to overeat at meals) and never have seconds. I don't want to overload my stomach any more. I take the digestive enzymes before every meal. And apparently sipping some water with a tsp of apple cider vinegar in it along with meals is another good digestive aid. I have done this a few times and it is nice.

Every now and then I will have a vegetarian dinner of all vegies or have the "meat" be some red potatoes. Apparently red potatoes have less sugar than other kinds. And never meat and potatoes together! Or something I hope to do more is have some gluten free grain like millet or quinoa, with side of vegies.

For snacking I hit the sunflower seeds or some raw carrots. Or have a small bowl of soup. I get hungry so often that I would rather eat another small meal than just have a snack.

For beverages I am drinking a lot of ginger tea and fennel tea. Both are great for digestion and also happen to be super yummy. No sweetener!

If I am out with friends I order soda water with lemon or lime. At home sometimes I will make myself a "mocktail" of mostly sparkling mineral water with some unsweetened cranberry juice added. It's really good!

And at night, another probiotic supplement. That's pretty much it I think. And like I said I have terrible cravings for DAYS, I was fantasizing about pancakes and muffins and bread, and actually feeling lightheaded at times as I think my body was detoxing. But I am finally at a point now where I am not having cravings... YAY! And I am more or less off the coffee, every few days I will have less than half a cup just for a little taste. And it is a real treat.

So here is a list of the foods I "can" eat: buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, millet, sunflower seeds, soaked almonds, organic meats, cold water fish, shellfish, sea vegetables, carrots, onions, garlic, red peppers, spinach, squashes, pumpkin, fennel, red potatoes, daikon radish, zucchini, cucumber, ginger, lemons, limes, unsweetened cranberries. Nothing fermented- I avoid soy sauce and miso. Nothing too oily. And nothing with any yeast. I think most any vegetable would be fine, but I guess beets and yams are too sugary. I hope to be able to add some things back into my diet slowly over time but not until I really feel healed.

I really hope this helps you or anyone else suffering the dread bloated pot belly. I finally feel like I am digesting my meals. And no hurting belly any more. And geez I am so much more confident about my body!!!

Best of luck,

Dietary Changes, Enzymes
Posted by Saffi (New York, NY) on 10/01/2009

Dear Rebecca,

Thank you for the info. I've been having crazy bloating and gas problems for a year also, and I'm tiny as well which makes me look pregnant on top of it all. I don't think I need to explain to you how terrible this feels. I'd like to give your method a shot. Sounds hard but I'm curious and I can see that it has many benefits. If you wouldn't mind, I'd like to ask you for two things:

1. Can you post a sort of "template" or outline of your diet for a day? Such as what you eat and at what time.
2. And a list of foods that you do eat?

I would REALLY appreciate it.

Thanks so much.