If you’ve ever felt tired and noticed unusual swelling in your hands and feet, your kidneys may need a little love. My favorite kidney-soothing trick: sipping two cups of dandelion tea each day. This bittersweet brew contains powerful diuretic compounds that stimulate the kidneys to release excess fluids, flushing bloat from your hands and feet and replenishing potassium, a mineral that helps prevent fluid buildup in the future. A brand to try: Traditional Medicinals Organic Roasted Dandelion Root Tea.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).