Hello everyone! Happy Friday, the start of the weekend, woot! woot! I decided to do a short post on water retention, aka water weight because I know most of us have been down this road and didn't enjoy it.  I thought it would make for a good topic since there are tons of products out there that swear by weight loss but really only rid of the water weight and I don't think people understand this concept.  I known many people in the past whom have swore they have lost weight but come to find out it was only water weight, which is fine but I have noticed those same people don't realize the difference and so in their minds they believe it was actual weight loss and when the scale proves this theory, they are then upset. I hope that many of you on a weight loss journey find this helpful and those of us who want to rid of it can learn a few things as well. 

 

What is water retention? When your body holds on to too much of water and causes puffiness and 

swelling. 

 

Causes: 

 

  • consuming too much sodium in your system holds in water (check the sodium level of everything you eat, our bodies need sodium but only a small amount and be aware of how much sodium you consume daily because it can make a difference)
  • Sitting or standing too long can cause your tissue to hold water, so if your job calls for you to sit or stand for a long period of time, you may notice swollen ankles 
  • Move around, keep the blood circulating
  • medication can cause water retention, if you are on medicine of any sorts, see if that is a symptom of any sort
  • Having a "weak" heart can cause you retain water and swelling in the legs and abdomen.  
  • if your veins do not close the way they should, this could cause swelling in your lower legs
  • Pulmonary edema 
  • Deep vein thrombosis 
  • Preeclampsia 
  • Cancers
  • Kidney disease
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • protein loss from severe malnutrition
  • lymphedema 
Preventive measures: 
  • Watch your sodium intake and consume less salt.
  • Some may need to take a water pill (prescribed by a medical doctor)
  • Raise your feet a few times a day to remove fluid from your feet and ankles (while laying down)
  • Some may need to wear compression stockings
  • Dandelion supposedly been said to help
  • consuming parsley is said to help as well
  • Epsom salt bath
  • Consuming lemon juice in a cup with warm water
  • Fennel seeds have said to help some people
  • Consuming nettle
  • Cranberry juice 
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Consuming onions
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day because your body starts retaining water when you are the verge of dehydration
  • exercise regularly 
  • avoid excessive amounts of alcohol 
Thanks for reading, hope this was helpful!!
 
Your fitness blogger,

 

 

Shay-lon xoxo