Water retention, or edema, is a relatively common condition. It’s when excess fluid is built up within the body. Outside of serious underlying conditions, it could sort itself out.
Water retention should not pose that much of a bother to our day-to-day living. However, the feeling of bulk and fullness can be irritating to some, especially if we’re trying to fit in those new pairs of pants that we swear fitted us perfectly at the store.
Here are a few ways to reduce water retention.
The sodium in salt helps keep the body’s balance of fluids. Having too much of the stuff running around in our system results in the body holding on to water instead of expelling it. A low sodium diet should keep the water bloats down.
Sodium may be a bit bad for you but magnesium and potassium are very important. A supplement of 200 mg of magnesium daily should reduce water retention especially for women with PMS. Nuts, whole grains, dark greens should do the job. A bit of dark chocolate would also help.
Potassium is essential for how the body communicates with itself on a cellular level. It’s also known to bring down sodium levels in the body, and less sodium means less edema. Bananas, tomatoes, and avocados should give us ample potassium supply.
Carbohydrates are notorious for spiking up our blood sugar levels. High blood sugar often triggers an increase in insulin levels in the blood stream. The next step in this domino effect of a conundrum is the retention of sodium due to the increase in insulin. And…well, see number one. Try to avoid processed sugar and grain products like regular table sugar and bleached flour, and replace with more natural options like honey and oats.
Get boosted. Vitamin B6 helps with red blood cell production and it’s also known to bring down water retention especially with women who are about to undergo that time of the month. Stock up on bananas, walnuts, potatoes, and lean meats. They are full of the helpful stuff.
As mentioned, it’s possible for water retention to be just a symptom of a more grave underlying medical condition, like heart, kidney or liver disease. When in doubt, it is best to visit your GP.
However, if you are a hundred percent sure that you retaining water is just your body going through a phase, then these tips and ThinTea’s detox blends are perfect for you. Charged with herbal components that could potentially battle water retention in the safest and a delicious way possible!