Do you know what it’s like to wake up in the morning, go on a scale, and suddenly you have 2-3 pounds more than usual, even if you did not eat much the day before?
This extreme weight fluctuation is often due to fluid retention. Swelling tends to occur particularly in pregnant women, people who do not move much, or as a side effect of some medication.
This retention is most noticeable in the legs, fingers and joints. But fortunately, fluid retention, for the most part, has simple causes that can be easily resolved.
- Too much sodium
Salt food often boosts fluid retention. When the body consumes too much sodium, it retains liquids to maintain balanced health. In extreme cases, the cells can increase up to 20 times more than normal.
Fast food and processed food usually have a very large concentration of sodium, to give more flavor to the “food”.
- Drink little water
A lot of people still do not drink the required amount of water during the day. When this happens, the body tries to compensate and eventually retain as much fluid as possible. This leads to retention.
Fundamentally, the ideal is to drink 8 glasses of water per day.
- Magnesium deficiency
Little magnesium can also cause fluid retention. Our body needs this mineral for almost all functions. When its concentration is low our body does not work right and ends up exhausting the water.
- Step up protein intake – eating more protein encourages your body to shed excess fluid
- Eat more bananas – they are rich in potassium which is helps to eliminate fluid retention
- Add more cabbage, cucumber, parsley and salad leaves to your diet as they are natural diuretecs
- Acupuncture has helped some people
- Calcium, magnesium, manganese, evening primrose oil and chaste tree
- Cut back on dehydrating drinks such as coffee, tea and alcohol
- Drink more water…water retention come from a lack of water because you’re body doesn’t know when it will get more water so it retains the water that it doesn’t get- help kidneys to flush out excess fluid
- For girls – check your menstrual cycle – plenty of girls retain water for a period of time during their monthly cycle
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet that contains a lot of vegetables, grains and other high-fiber foods
- Deficiencies in protein, calcium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B5 and B6 may lead to problems with water retention
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