The human body consists of approximately 60% water. Water is vital in helping the body function properly and is largely responsible for dissolving nutrients and eliminating waste. When the body fails to eliminate excess water, this is referred to as water retention.
Water retention is often temporary and is easily treated.
What causes Water Retention?
Plane flights, hormone changes, and too much salt can all cause your body to retain excess water. When your hydration level is not balanced, your body tends to hang on to that water.
Indication of Water Retention:
One indication of water retention is difficulty to lose weight despite diet efforts. Physical signs of water retention include swollen ankles and unexplained weight gain over a short period of time. Also, rings may not fit anymore and the stomach may feel swollen.
One way to find out if you are retaining water is by gently pressing the foot, ankle or calf with slow, steady pressure using the thumb. If edema is present, an indentation will show on the skin.
Here are few tips to help reduce water retention:
- Avoid processed foods
- Decrease sodium intake
- Regular movement is a must
- Drink 8-12 glasses of water
- Consume more citrus fruits and green, leafy vegetables
- Avoid read meat
- Eat small meals in regular intervals.