Water retention is the main cause for weight gain. If you can’t lose weight, that’s probably the cause. The main symptoms are feeling bloated and puffed.
Water retention (edema), can be caused by the aggregation of extra fluids in the circulatory system and the area between cells. Swelling in the face, hands, ankles, legs and feet are the main signs that you’re suffering from the issue. It can happen to anyone, but pregnant women are especially at risk. It can be prevented by consuming potassium rich foods.
A research from the University of Maryland Medical Center found that the main causes of water retention are pregnancy, menopause, hormonal changes and the body’s reaction to humid weather.
These Are All The Causes For Water Retention:
- Food allergies;
- Nutritional deficiencies;
- Liver disorder;
- Lack of protein;
- Poor kidney functionality;
- Inadequate intake of certain vitamins;
- Smoking to dust;
- Fast food
As we get older, our body doesn’t digest food properly, because the stomach doesn’t produce as much acid. So a lot of that undigested food can damage the stomach and intestines, causing irritation and inflammation to the intestine wall. It becomes thin and leaks, allowing parts of the undigested food to come in contact with blood. The immune system reacts by sending antibiotics, which can cause allergy symptoms like water retention. The foods that are causing this are eggs and dairy. At this point, losing weight is as simple as getting rid of these foods, but this doesn’t eliminate the water retention issue.
Advices on how to get rid of Water Retention
Everyone thinks that not drinking water is the solution to this issue – but it is the exact opposite. Drinking less water means dehydration, and in that case the body holds onto its liquids, like with fat. So the best advice is to drink water all day. It can be combined with a little lemon or orange to relieve the disorder.
The body need 2-2.5 gr of sodium every day to function properly. But consuming salty fried fast food like fires that contains sodium can cause water retention. Keep the sodium in the normal range daily, but replace the sodium rich foods with ginger, garlic and fresh vegetables.
Sweat is salty because of the sodium ions that mix with water in our body. Sweating means that the organism is healthy, and you must drink water all day long. That way the sweat is water salty, which indicates that you are sodium free, and lost some of the bloat fluid.
Fiber has cleansing properties like water, cleaning the intestinal tract and the colon and removing the excess fluid. You can consume fresh vegetables and fruits which are rich in antioxidants and fiber because they can help in water retention and cancer.
Fish is the main food you need to include in your diet. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids essential for the body. You need to consume tuna, salmon and flax twice a week.
Water retention is reduced by eating melons and citrus. They are rich in potassium that balances the sodium levels. You can add it to your diet as a fruit salad.
Grains and Nuts
When you’re feeling buffer, you need to eat grains. They have vitamin B6, a nutrient associated with PMS relief. You must avoid grains rich in sodium and salted nuts. Fiber is also present in grains, and nuts are rich in fats.
The kidney filters water, sodium and potassium to make urine, and low amount of these is returned to the blood to keep the levels in check. Diuretics are increasing the urine amount – in that way helping the water retention. They also regulate blood pressure, treat congestive heart failure and liver disease. But their extended use can cause dehydration which leads to kidney damage and imbalance of potassium and sodium levels. Imbalance in the electrolyte levels could be fatal.
List of Foods With Diuretic Properties:
- Caffeine rich tea and coffee
- Corn silk
Our advice is to have a diet made of 15% any food and 80% grains, vegetables, fruits, fish, seeds and soy.
What to Avoid?
Eliminate processed and packaged food from your diet to limit the daily salt intake if you want to avoid water retention. Instead of salt, eat the aforementioned fresh foods to maintain a healthy metabolism and body