Water retention

Q: I am 43 years old and had all my plumbing (uterus, 1 overy etc) removed years ago. I am currently taking Paxil, Trazodone, Busbar. I also take one daily multivitamin & 5 brewer’s yeast tablets (by Sping Valley) daily. I started retaining water recently. What herb or herbs can I take while taking these other medications. Thank you for your time and help.

Solutions for water retention

A1:How much water do you drink? Even with the retention, you should get at least 8 ounce glasses daily. I also, suggest my clients use Honey and Vinegar daily. 2 tablespoons of honey and vinegar, mixed well. Add 2 cups water and drink 1 to 3 times daily. Email me if you would like more info.

A2:drink green tea, it does wonders. I drink at least a litre a day for water retention. If you don’t like green tea just drink plain water, a lot of it, very few people drink enough water.

A3:Water retention can be a side effect of the Trazadone. Or there could be other possibilities such as if you are on estrogen replacement therapy. You are not taking any heart medications so heart trouble would be unlikely.

Your best choices for diuretic herbs would probably be corn silk, watermelon fruit, and watermelon seed. Juniper berries are a good diuretic as well and they strengthen the nervous system. Though long term use can irritate the kidneys, so it should not be used for more than 4 days straight. It also lowers blood sugar so it is not advised if you are hypoglycemic. Uva ursi is sometimes recommended as a diuretic, though I would advise against this herb or any other high tannnin herbs since they can precipitate your medications from your body. You definitely do not want to do that with these medications.

Potassium is also recommended sometimes for water retention, but again I would be cautious with this one. Both potassium, and sometimes Paxil, will push sodium out of the body leading to low sodium levels, known as hyponatremia.

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