The term “water retention,” which is also known as fluid retention means there is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the circulatory system or in the tissues or cavities of the body.
Found both outside and inside the cells of our bodies, water is critical as it forms part of the blood. This fluid in the blood carries oxygen and important nutrients to feed the tissues of our glands, bones, and muscle. As the fluid is released from the capillaries into surrounding tissues, the cells are nourished and eventually should return to the capillaries. When it doesn’t, the fluid remains in the tissues and causes swelling and waterlogging. When it doesn’t, the fluid remains in the tissues and causes swelling and waterlogging. Often we experience water retention in the feet, ankles and joints – but water retention also causes belly bloat!
Any woman can easily gain 3 – 5 pounds, even a whole dress size, when they are experiencing water retention. For most women, hormonal fluctuation can be the main cause of fluid retention. However, food allergies and intolerance are also big contributors to water retention. Although we may not be able to get rid of all the fluids that Mother Nature imposes on us, there are a few things we can do to reduce the “impact”:
- Stay hydrated – drink half your body weight in ounces throughout the day. Using a phone app like “Water Your Body” is a great way to help yourself get into the habit of drinking the right amount of water for your body. You’ll find it at the app store for 99 cents.
- Reduce salt intake – season your food after you cook it and taste before you reach for the salt shaker at the table.
- Minimize or eliminate sugar intake – go for natural sugar in fruits and veggies and exchange natural sweeteners like honey, stevia, coconut palm sugar, lucuma, agave for processed sugar.
- Use herbs with diuretic properties such as dandelion greens, uva ursi, corn silk, alfalfa, stinging nettle, celery seeds and parsley
- Use sauna to help relieve stored water and eliminate toxic stress
- Reduce toxic load with regular detox and cleansing – best way to detox? Naturally, with seasonal whole foods.
- Take the time to discover if you may have any food allergies, sensitivities or intolerances by doing an elimination diet.
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