How to Avoid Water Retention

Bee, Summer Long Horned, Macro, MountedDo you often feel like you’ve gained a few inches overnight, especially around the abdomen, or your limbs? That the rings you were wearing comfortably till yesterday are suddenly becoming tighter? Are your regular shoes digging into the skin?

Well, all of these symptoms are a true indicator of water retention or edema. Most people retain some amount of water, which is fairly normal. However, women tend to retain more water because of the hormonal fluctuations in their bodies during premenstrual syndrome (PMS). While PMS is a major cause of water retention among women, this phenomenon can also be a symptom of serious underlying health complications, like kidney diseases, thyroid, heart or liver malfunction etc.

One of the most paradoxical but effective ways to deal with water retention is to give your body ample fluid intake in the day. Here’s the logic – the more water you drink, the more your body will flush out. The lesser you consume, the more your body will retain. Thus, make sure you consume an average of 10-12 glasses of water a day to prevent your body from behaving like a reservoir and storing it.

YOUR Diet Plays A Role
A balanced diet helps in avoiding retention of water. A diet that is low in sodium (lesser table salt, pickles, papads, cheese, butter, processed packaged foods) and higher in potassium (banana, peaches, plums, musk melons, raisins) helps maintain the correct electrolyte balance within the body to prevent puffiness. Consumption of diuretic fruits such as cranberries, vitamin C-rich oranges, limes, and other citrus fruits along with diuretic vegetables (cucumber lettuce, celery, tomato, cabbage, carrot and pepper) also aid in building the correct osmolarity in the cells, which prevents them from retaining excess water.

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