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      22.01.2014 22:03
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      Relieves water retention well

      I bought these a few months ago to help prevent water retention. There were a couple of reasons I bought them - firstly before my summer holiday as I have always suffered from swelling feet and legs when in hot weather abroad and secondly, to prevent quite so much bloating around the stomach area which is something that I suffer with from time to time. Someone recommended I try these, so I picked up a pack in Tescos, from memory costing around £3.50.

      The tablets come in a blue box, within which are two blister packs containing the tablets. There are 30 tablets in a pack. They are advertised as being a traditional herbal medicinal product which can relieve the symptoms of mild water retention, baed on traditional use only. They contain dandelion root, uva-ursi leaf extract, parsley piert herb extract and buchu leaf extract. The tablets are fairly small and I find easy enough to take with a glass of water.

      The directions are to take 2 tablets twice per day after having a meal (and advises to not exceed the stated dose). They are not for use by those under the age of 18 or those pregnant or breastfeeding. There are also other conditions listed, such as diabetes, which these are not suitable for, so please refer to the box and instructions before using to make sure that these are ok to use. They should be kept out of sight and out of reach of children.

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      I have been very impressed with these - they have had much more of an effect than I expected to be honest. I took these on the first full day on my holiday in the dosage stated. Although my legs, ankles and feet swell as soon as they meet any hot weather usually, these seemed to reduce that swelling by a significant amount. The swelling was still there but nowhere near to the scale that I usually experience and not to the point where it was painful, as I have also experienced previously. I was able to wear all of the pairs of flip flops and sandals that I took with me which is highly unusual for me - I normally have to take pairs of sandals that fit very loosely at home to allow for the swelling that takes place. This time I took a mixture of sandals in the hope that the tighter fitting ones would be used and I was pleased that they were!

      Secondly, to reduce the bloating I experience around the stomach. It also has helped with that, although I've not seen quite as much of a difference as I saw with my legs. Whether that is because there isn't quite as much water retention to begin with though I'm not sure, but that is my guess because it is definitely not as excessive in that area as it is in my legs in hot weather. I do feel it has still made a difference. For example, I have found that although I have not lost any weight (which was not an intention of mine), I have it easier to zip up my trousers just because the bloating has reduced.

      I don't take these every single day - just over the course of 4 to 5 days, but taking the amount specified of 2 tablets, twice per day and I tend to notice a difference even after taking the first two tablets on the first day. That is with both my legs and my stomach area. They really do seem to be effective quite fast and I've also not found I need to take them for a prolonged period. I would say that I take them 4 to 5 days during one month, meaning that one pack of 30 tablets lasts me longer than 1 month. For £3.50, I feel that they are good value for the results I've seen.

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      I would recommend these tablets to those that suffer with water retention, provided that they are suitable. They have really helped me and reduced the retention of water and are easy to take, with easy to follow instructions. I have no complaints so it's five stars from me.

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        12.03.2012 19:12
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        Water retention tablets that work very well.

        Over the past year or two I have lost a few stone and managed to keep it off. I have been pleased with my success and it is fair to say that I feel much better for the weight that I have lost. I am always looking for a way to lose a little bit more weight without too much hassle. At the end of last year and the start of this year I followed the SlimFast diet plan for a few weeks. I was very pleased with my results but then towards the end of January I felt like I was bloating out on my feet and legs again and my weight went down and then back up a couple of times which left me feeling disappointed due to the amount of exercise that I had been doing and the healthy food that I had been consuming. This is what prompted me to pick up these water balance tablets and I paid just over £2.50 from Sainsburys, however these were on a 3 for the price of 2 offer at the time that could be mixed and matched with numerous other items so I was very pleased with the price.

        Water retention can lead to bloating and water weight can add quite a few pounds on when you hop on the scales. This can be quite disheartening, particularly if you have been trying very hard like I had when I first purchased these. I did not expect a miracle cure and to instantly be as thin as I would like to be but I definitely had good hopes for these tablets after a friend suggested them to me.

        These tablets are widely available and I picked mine up in Sainsburys. There is a cardboard box and within the box is the glass bottle containing the tablets. There are 50 tablets making these around 5p each which is very reasonable for what they do. The bottle has a seal for safety (I'm assuming) and when this is removed there is a weird & slightly unpleasant smell from the bottle. I am assuming that this is because they have been sealed up for quite a long time.

        These tablets are very simple to swallow. They are small, hard and they slide down the back of my throat easily. I swallow mine with either a glass of water or a glass of orange squash as I find that there isn't any disgusting after taste to these so I just use whatever cold drink I am already drinking at the time.

        Two tablets should be taken twice a day after meals and this means that a packet of 50 tablets will last almost two weeks and I think that makes them very reasonable value for money! These should be avoided when hungry, when pregnant or when breast feeding also.

        I have been taking these for around a week at a time and I find that by the end of the week I am looking noticeably less bloated and I feel it too. I do not take four of these every single day of the one week either and sometimes just take two at one meal time (dinner). I did notice that I needed to pee more while using these but I drink well over the recommended 2 litres of water per day anyway so this is not really a problem for me.

        I definitely notice an improvement in the puffiness and swelling within just a few hours of using these and this does keep it at bay for the full week I take them and then a good few weeks afterwards. My water retention is definitely better than it has been for a number of years now and I am very pleased with the result of using these tablets. I would firmly recommend them to anyone suffering from water retention but always contact a doctor first as there could be an underlying cause.

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        12.01.2012 15:20
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        An effective way of balancing fluid levels

        I was told a while ago that I had 'fluid retention' and had no idea what the doctor was talking about or why that was the case, or in fact, what to do about it. I came across HRI and gave them a go; I'm glad I did because these work well and you don't have to pay a fortune for the privilege of having normal fluid levels!

        Fluid, or water, retention, also referred to sometimes as oedema, is basically just having too much water in some cells, causing certain areas of your body to take on a swollen appearance. This often happens in feet, ankles or your face, though can happen almost anywhere (I'm presuming, but guys, you can't want oedema just in certain places because it doesn't work like that!). It can happen for various reasons, and you should check out why it's occurring to ensure there are no underlying issues that need to be dealt with by a GP.

        I noticed this really only with my fingers a little bit, and I can check to see if I'm a bit 'water retented' because I can't get any of my rings off! But also a bit on my face, which isn't the look I want to go for. I know it's nothing serious causing this per se so the doctor recommended I take something over the counter when I notice it. I came across a few remedies, though many I hadn't heard of the brands before and there wasn't a great bunch to choose from, though I had heard of HRI before.

        You can find these in most pharmacies/chemists and supermarkets. They come in a blue & yellow box, often found around tummy products or alternative products. Inside the box is a glass bottle containing 50 tablets. The bottle has a foil seal that you need to puncture to get into; don't put your nose too close when you first open it as it smells!

        The tablets are smooth grey and small but hard, so they're easy enough to swallow one at a time. They're described on the label as 'A traditional herbal remedy to help relieve water retention and maintain a normal body fluid balance'. The use by date is usually pretty good on these, often giving you well over a year to use them.

        To use : Adults & those over 12yrs - 2 tablets twice a day after meals. This product isn't suitable for children under 12. It should be noted that they shouldn't be taken on an empty stomach, or during pregnancy or breast feeding.

        To store : The usual applies here really. Store in a dry place below 25 degrees, away from direct light, and obviously away from little hands.

        It depends on why you're getting fluid retention and how often, so I'm not suggesting you deviate from the label or what your doctor has suggested, but I only take these on an as-and-when basis, and not 4 a day. I find that taking two helps, and I try to use them sparingly only when necessary.

        After taking it will be a few hours really before you notice significant visible differences, but you need to really ensure you're drinking enough because, contrary to opinion when these seem to make you pee more, you need to keep drinking. Drinking water actually helps with fluid retention, and you need to drink plenty when taking these. And make sure to take them after you've had a bite to eat beforehand.

        For me, these last quite a while because I don't use them too regularly, but when I do use them I find them to be easy to take, easy to find in most supermarkets, and they work effectively providing I'm drinking enough liquid afterwards. They're a good over-the-counter remedy for swelling caused by water retention, so I'd definitely recommend giving them a try if you're having this problem as they do seem to work.

        RRP around £2.89 (Boots), but I have noticed Tesco tends to sell them closer to the £2 mark.

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          03.07.2011 20:12
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          Ideal for reducing water retention in your abdomen and can also help with swollen ankles and hands.

          I had never seen or heard of these HRI Water Balance tablets until a work colleague recently recommended them to me as a possible solution to a problem I face each year when going on holiday abroad.
          Every time I go abroad my feet and ankles tend to swell up, which can become quite painful when walking and also because of this I find I have to wear flip-flop style sandals all the time time during my holiday, as they are the only footwear that I can comfortably wear whilst my feet and ankles are swollen.

          I wasn't sure whether or not it was the flight or the hot weather that has caused my feet to become swollen each time I go abroad, or maybe a mixture of both. I hadn't tried wearing flight socks as the flight was only approx 2 hours 20 mins and I always thought flight socks were meant to be worn on long flights. However, getting a little fed up with this problem occuring whilst abroad each summer, I decided this year I would try flight socks and whilst discussing this at work it was then that my colleague recommended as well as wearing flight socks I also try taking some of these tablets. Her daughter swears by them, she told me. When I asked where she had bought them, she informed me that they were on sale in Morrisons near to where we work, so off I went to purchase some.

          ~~~HRI Water Balance~~~

          HRI Water Balance are herbal tablets containing Dandelion Root, Buchu, Parsley Piert and Uva Ursi. All of these ingredients are recognised for their diuretic action, which means that they help rid your body of excess water, which is known as water retention. The signs of this can be swollen abdomen (often occuring around the time of menstruation in women) or swollen hands and ankles as the body stores water instead of passing it out through urine and sweat.
          By taking these tablets and relieving water retention your body will be maintaining a normal body fluid balance.

          HRI Water Balance should not be taken if you are allergic to any of the ingredients or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also if you have an intolerance to sugars you are advised to consult your doctor before taking these tablets. They are also not suitable for children under 12 years old.

          ~~~My Experience~~~

          Having read the enclosed leaflet before purchasing these tablets, I saw that it mentioned water retention in the ankles during flights and so felt hopeful that these could help. I also felt confident about taking them as they are a traditional herbal remedy. Together with wearing a pair of flight socks I hoped that painful swollen ankles whilst on holiday would be a thing of the past. I also suffer from a swollen stomach at the time of menstruation and so thought even if they only helped with that then they were still worth buying.

          I purchased a bottle of these tablets from Morrisons and they cost just over £3.00 for a bottle of 50 tablets. The dosage is to take two tablets twice a day after meals. They should not be taken on an empty stomach.
          I began taking these tablets the day before I went on holiday. During my flight I also wore flight socks for the first time. During the first few days of my holiday I kept taking the tablets and was really pleased to have no swelling of my ankles whatsoever, despite the weather being really hot. Now whether this was down to wearing flight socks or taking these tablets or a bit of both, I do not know. What I do know however, is that I was over the moon not to be walking around with swollen ankles!

          A week went by and the second week of my holiday began and we went on a day excursion which involved a fair bit of walking, much more than I had been doing up until that point. It was also another extremely hot day and it was whilst walking around that I felt my ankles becoming a little stiff and uncomfortable. I glanced down at my feet and noticed my ankles and the tops of my feet were beginning to look puffy. Fortunately they didn't become too painful and I was able to enjoy my day, but I was disappointed that once again I was suffering with swollen ankles.
          I carried on taking the tablets for the remainder of the holiday and found that although my ankles were fine when I got up on a morning, they were swollen by evening time, although nowhere near as painful as what they have been in previous years whilst on holiday when I haven't been taking these tablets, so I still felt they were doing some good.

          Another thing I noticed was that my stomach was flatter because I was not retaining as much water in my abdomen as usual and I never felt bloated, so that was a huge bonus too. I understand some people have took these when trying to lose weight and I can see why, as my clothes did not feel uncomfortable whilst I was on holiday and I did not feel bloated at all at anytime. Therefore these tablets are excellent in that respect.
          I did wonder if by taking these tablets I would be going to the toilet more often, but I did not notice any difference.

          Overall, I was quite happy with these tablets. Whilst they did not eradicate the problem of swollen ankles totally, I had a few puffy-free days and then when they did become swollen, it was not as bad as I have suffered on previous occasions when not taking these tablets. Also I enjoyed having a flatter stomach, which was good. I will continue to use these tablets around 'that time of the month' and will also use them again when I go on holiday abroad.

          If you suffer from water retention, I can recommend you give these a try.

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            09.04.2009 00:09
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            Give them a go ... all youve got to loose is water!!

            Ive been using HRI water balance tablets for a couple of years now.
            Initially I bought them in boots on a 3 for 2 offer and today in Boots was the same offer. £3.16 for 50 tablets on 3 for 2.

            HRI Water Balance is a traditional herbal remedy to help relieve water retention and maintain a normal body fluid balance. I dont claim that these have made me lose weight. In fact I don't really use them to try and aid weight loss I use them because in the days leading to that time of the month I become so bloated that I can go up a dress size.
            I do find that these tablets do aid this. I take about 4 a day for 3 to 4 days so the 150 tablets on 3 for 2 last around 9 months so personally find these excellent value for money.

            The box states that HRI water Balance can be used all times of :
            water retention
            before menstruation
            during menstruation
            whilst slimming


            Suitable for adults, the elderly and children over 12 years of age.


            How to Use
            Take two HRI Water Balance tablets twice a day after meals.

            Hazards and Cautions
            Do not exceed stated dose or take on an empty stomach.

            If symptoms persist tell your doctor. Not to be taken during pregnancy or lactation without consulting your doctor.

            You must be at least 16 years old to purchase this product
            This is a medicine.Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have an underlying medical "condition, are taking any other medication or complementary therapy, or if", "symptoms persist. Seek advice before using if you are breast feeding,", "pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from allergies.", Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.

            Contains ingredients:
            Dandelion Root Powder 100mg, Powdered Buchu. Dry extract from 45mg, Powdered Parsley Piert. Dry extract from 45mg, Powdered Uva Ursi. Dry extract from 45mg.

            Contains active ingredients: Dandelion Root Powder

            Perhaps naively I assume that these are ok because they say that they are herbal but in all honesty although they do the job for me it would be nice if they came with a detailed leaflet.

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              17.02.2008 03:30
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              Is it a side effect or just a coincidence??

              I have been taking HRI water balance tablets for a week now as I had a swollen belly that just wouldnt budge, Id tried everything from diet pills to exercising twice a day. My mum has been taking HRI water balance tablets and I could really see the difference in the swelling.
              Ive had no side effects from taking the tablets but I have noticed that my breasts have expanded 3 cup sizes in the week that Ive been taking them(not that me or my partner are complaining!!). I have no idea if this is related to the tablets or if its just my body changing. Has anyone else experienced any weird side effects like this??
              Other than that they have worked brilliantly and I have allready recommended them to all my friends. My belly is deflating and Im losing extra weight with all the trips to the bathroom lol

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              08.02.2006 13:48
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              They actually work and well worth the money!

              As a sufferer of Irritable Bowel Syndrome I often experienced bloating and fluid retention. I guess I was also unlucky as my lower abdomen would swell like a balloon for a week before my period started due to fluid retention.
              I decided to give this product a go after reading the other two reviews on this site.
              I have now used these tablets for two months and I can sincerely tell you that I have had absolutely no swelling or apparent fluid retention since starting them! In fact I had forgotten my period was due the last two times. I am absolutely amazed. The only thing I need to do now is to make a note of when I'm due on!
              I paid £2.39 for 50 tablets at Morrisons and you have to take 2 tablets twice a day with meals, so I take two after breakfast and two after my evening meal. A small price to pay for a flatter tummy!
              The ingredients in these tablets are:
              Dandelion Root Powder
              Powdered Buchu (dry extract from)
              Powdered Parsley Piert (dry extract from) and
              Powdered Uva Ursi (dry extract from).

              Each of the above ingredients is a natural herbal diuretic.

              Other ingredients: Sucrose, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, purified talc, titanium dioxide, acacia, stearic acid, magnesium stearate, mastercote SP0933 dark grey, croscarmellose sodium, shellac, beeswax, carnauba wax.


              They are not to be taken by children under 12 years old and must not be taken on an empty stomach. They should not be taken whilst pregnant or breast-feeding without consulting a doctor. Side effects of these tablets are unusual.

              As well as being useful for fluid retention during and before your period they are also suitable for reducing the fluid you retain whilst slimming.

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                02.03.2001 03:12
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                I used HRI Water Balance pills while dieting. During the first week I was amazed to find that I had lost ten pounds. These pills are based on powdered dandelion which is a diuretic and helps rid the body of excess fluid. (Remember the old saying that dandelions make you wet the bed!) Apparently too much water can add a lot of weight when you step onto the scales. The main sign of this problem is a swollen tummy that is soft and springy. Press you tummy and if it feels soft but springs back when you press it in, then it is probably water that is causing the problem. You take these pills twice daily after food. They help get rid of the water and therefore reduce your weight. Try them, you might be suprised.

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                  17.02.2001 19:34
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                  I'm not at all fat but I recently developed a swollen stomach which resembles a 'beer bellie'. No amount of exercise and careful control of what I was eating seemed to make any difference. The crunch came when I couldn't do any of my jeans up! A friend suggested that the problem might be water retention so I bought myself some 'HRI Water Retention Tablets' from Tesco (£3.45). After just three days I can do my jeans up and my 'pot bellie' seems to have gone.(Well more or less gone.) These little grey coloured tablets are recommended for all water retention problems and before and during menstruation. (You can also use them whilst slimming.) The main ingredient is dandelion powder and the dose for adults is two tablets twice a day after food. These tablets can cause severe stomach problems if you don't eat first. They aren't suitable if you are pregnant or breast feeding either. If you suffer from water retention or you are slimming then give these a try. I found them very good. Update: I recently used these and stuck to a diet (not too rigid, just sensible) and I've lost nine pounds in a week! A pint of water weighs a pound and a quarter. Just think about it.

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                  HRI water balance is for use at times of water retention. Can also be taken before or during menstruation and whilst slimming