What is Water Retention?
Water retention, also known as fluid retention or edema, is the excess fluid buildup that collects in the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body. The average human adult body is made up of nearly 60% of water, and nearly every part of our body, from our skin to our bones and muscles contains water.
You’re about to learn the most effective methods for treating and preventing edema from home. Let’s get started.
Causes of water retention
Water retention can occur due to any of the following reasons:
- An unbalanced diet and lack of exercise.
- Reaction to some drugs can cause fluid retention too.
- Dehydration: as the body tries to keep the extra water.
- Menopause is often associated with water retention in women
- Diseases like Thyroid, Arthritis and Varicose Veins
- Liver and Kidney disorders
- Diet comprising of salt and sugar and diet lacking in potassium, calcium, vitamins, proteins and amino acids of B are the most common causes of edema.
Symptoms of water retention
The most common symptoms of water retention are:
- Swollen face and other body parts, even if one has lost weight
- Swollen wrists, ankles, hands and feet
- Swollen or puffy face
- Swollen eyelids when one gets up in the morning
- Bloated and uncomfortable feeling
Home Remedies For Water Retention:
Garlic is a diuretic. It helps to release excess water and flushes toxins from the body. It also helps to lose weight by breaking the body fat which makes you slim and young. Use this herb regularly in cooking, in salads, soups, etc.
Eat 2-3 raw garlic cloves in the morning and at night.
Be sure to chew thoroughly.
Parsley is rich in anti-oxidants, iron, calcium, and B complex vitamins. It helps to inhibit the re-absorption of potassium and sodium, which allows excess water to leave the body. Parsley also helps to treat other problems urinary tract infection and kidney stones.
- Add handful of fresh parsley to boiling water.
- Remove from heat and let steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain, pour in a cup, and drink.
- You can also use 2 teaspoons dried parsley in a teabag.
- Repeat 5-7 times daily.
- Note you can also use 2 teaspoons dried parsley or teabag instead of fresh parsley for 1 cup of water.
3. Reduce Salt Intake
It is one of the causes of water retention. Intake of high amount of salt leads to sodium retention and results water retention. This further expands the extra cellular volume in the body. When you consume excessive amounts of salt, the body tries to dilute it by holding water around the cells and supplies more water to the bloodstream. Excess fluid and sodium lead not only to water retention, but to more serious problems like osteoporosis, heart disease, and stroke.
Follow these tips to avoid salt:
- Cook at home instead of eating out.
- Don’t keep the salt shaker on the table during meals.
- Avoid canned foods or veggies, sauces, soups, etc. which uses more salt as preservative to make it tasty.
- Avoid processed foods like potato chips, salted peanuts, etc. and junk food.
- If you’re female, avoid salt before menstruation as it leads to changes in hormones and results water retention in body.
- Ideal salt intake is about 2300mg per day. If you suffer from heart disease or high blood pressure, reduce intake to 1500mg per day.