5. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds are a popular spice native to the Mediterranean and found throughout Europe, China, India and Turkey. They come from the fennel, which is a perennial herb that belongs to the same family as parsley, dill and cumin. Fennel and fennel seeds have been used in different cultures, like Chinese, Indian, Egyptian and Greek to treat things like indigestion, flatulence and irregular menstruation, to relieve colic in newborn babies and increase breastmilk in nursing mothers.
Fennel seeds contain beneficial minerals like copper, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, zinc and selenium, and essential vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin. Fennel seeds have carminative properties, which can reduce bloating and gas, and can also act as a laxative to promote healthy bowels.
Fennel is rich in flavonoids like quercetin, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It provides good quality protein, which keeps the digestive system running smoothly. Fennel seeds can aid detoxification in the body and help flush out the excess water that causes swelling and retention.
Fennel is easy to grow in your own backyard, and fennel seeds can be easily purchased from a grocery store. To use fennel seeds for water retention, you can brew your own fennel tea by putting one teaspoon of seeds into a cup of boiling water and allowing it to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid out and drink the water. Make this tea three times a day until improvement is seen.