Dealing with water retention
Firstly, I’d like to thank Mliae from Lifexperiment Blog for giving me the opportunity to submit a guest post to this wonderful site. You can read more of my content here. Today I’d like to discuss what water retention is and some practical ways to reduce it.
What is water retention?
As the name suggests, water retention happens when your body holds onto more water than it needs. This leads to unnecessary water weight that is often carried in various parts of the body, such as the circulatory system, cavities and tissues. This is often the cause of swollen extremities like hands, feet and ankles. It is also common in legs and arms.
What causes water retention? And what can I do about it?
Since water retention refers to too much water being held by the body, there are a variety of causes.
In woman, hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy and monthly cycles are common causes. In these cases; adequate sleep, exercise, reduced unhealthy fat intake (plant oils and fried foods) and Omega 3 supplementation (or fish consumption) can help to reduce hormonal fluctuations and therefore reduce the effects that lead to water retention.
Another common cause is reduced kidney function. This makes a lot of sense, since the kidneys are responsible for maintaining water levels within the body. If they are put under too much pressure, their ability to maintain balance within the body is hampered. Ironically, increasing water intake gives the kidneys the ability to release toxins that might be keeping them hard at work. Antioxidants that are found in fruit and vegetables also improve kidney function. Since the kidneys are dependent on circulation, increasing physical activity will also help them out.
Heart Health and Circulation
Since circulation governs how well our bodies can regulate themselves (and the water levels within them), our hearts play a large role in preventing water retention. Water retention is a common symptom of heart failure. For this reason, if you experience a sudden, significant increase in water retention, you should always seek medical advice. Poor circulation leads to inadequate removal of excess liquids within the body. For this reason, exercise is recommended, along with a healthy diet.
Sodium and Blood Pressure
Sodium has many very important roles in the body. One of them is making sure that our bodies can hold onto and use the water that we drink. Without it, water would flow through our systems without being absorbed. On the other hand, too much salt causes us to hold onto to too much water. This is why increased salt intake leads to increase blood pressure: Our bodies end up holding onto more water than they can handle. Reducing salt intake is a great way to lower sodium levels. Another great way is to sweat more, since this is one of the ways that our bodies release excess sodium. Another great way is to increase water intake. This will increase urination, which allows the kidneys to flush out the surplus sodium. There is often more sodium hidden in processed food and fast foods than we realise. Cutting out these foods will massively reduce sodium intake automatically.
By simply increasing water intake, being more physically active and paying attention to the food you eat, you can help your body to help itself become more beautiful and look better and better every day.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post and have a great day, Saguren.