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    How to avoid water retention

    How to avoid water retention

    Do 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?


    IS IT WATER RETENTION?
    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.

    DRINK MORE TO FLUSH MORE
    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.

    Limiting alcohol intake, anti-inflammatory drugs, oral contraceptive pills and, mostly importantly, caffeinated beverages like tea, coffee and aerated colas are other ways to avoid edema.

    Studies also indicate that inclusion of vitamin B6 tablets (pyridoxine) as well as primrose oil capsules reduces the amount of water retained within the cells.

    MODIFY YOUR LIFESTYLE

    Bring about a few lifestyle modifications for a healthier you: Regular exercise is a must.

    Avoid standing for a very long time.

    Don't wear clothes that are too tight.

    Keep your legs raised as much as possible; this can go a long way in relieving discomfort and preventing excess water retention in your body.

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    Re: How to avoid water retention

    Thank you for giving information about water retention and its remedies also!


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