Posts from February 2012

The food and drinks we enjoy at holiday time have a nasty way of staying with us long after the holidays are over.  One of the most annoying carryovers is water weight.  It makes you feel bloated and puffy and sluggish.  Interestingly, one way to lose water weight is to drink more water.  It takes 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses of fluid per day to flush whatever it is in your system that is making you retain water.  

Another way to introduce more water into your system is with the food you eat.  Raw foods can help you lose that water weight naturally.  Celery in particular can be helpful.  It’s rich in potassium and sodium, which is essential to maintain your body’s fluid balance.  And celery stimulates urine production, causing the elimination of fluid from the body.

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Grapefruits are in-season right now in the sunny Southeast and prices are excellent.  You can find ripe, juicy grapefruits in supermarkets all over the country or if you’re lucky enough to live in Texas, Florida, California, or Arizona, you can buy them fresh from the tree at your local farmer’s market...or pick one off the tree in your own backyard.  (I’m envious!)

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