Water retention: causes, symptoms and what to eat to prevent it

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Water retention is a fairly common problem, especially among women. Often we talk about it in the summer when it is time to find out more but in reality if you want to prevent the appearance of the problem you need to make the necessary changes to your lifestyle in time. So let's see what can be the causes of water retention, the symptoms and what is best to eat or avoid.



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La water retention it is quite a frequent problem, especially among women. Often we talk about it in the summer when it is time to find out more but in reality if you want to prevent the appearance of the problem you need to make the necessary changes to your lifestyle in time. So let's see what the causes of water retention, i symptoms e what is best to eat or avoid.



First of all, we must emphasize that the term water retention by confusing it with cellulite while the two problems are very different. By water retention we mean a stagnation and an accumulation of fluids which can be found in different parts of the body but which in most cases is located on the buttocks, thighs, abdomen (the same areas where it is easy to accumulate fat). Cellulite, on the other hand, is an inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue that creates swellings and the so-called orange peel skin. These are therefore two problems with similar symptoms but with different causes that it is not uncommon to find simultaneously in the same person.

Read also: CELLULITE: CAUSES, EXERCISES AND ALL NATURAL REMEDIES

Ma why does water retention appear?

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CAUSES OF WATER RETENTION

The causes of water retention can be of various kinds although certainly the most frequent is to be found in an improper diet and an unregulated lifestyle. When you eat too many packaged foods, rich in sugar and salt and drink little, you run into the problem of water retention. Often then at the base of this disorder there is a condition of sedentary: the right physical activity, done in a moderate and regular way, can help the body to function at its best, also avoiding stagnation of liquids.

In more rare cases, water retention is due to very serious diseases at the expense of the treatment or the kidneys, but it can also be a consequence of allergic reactions, inflammation in some parts of the body or malfunctioning of the thyroid gland. Also the overweight it can induce water retention as it slows the elimination of body fluids through urine. Finally, particular conditions such as the pregnancy they can promote a period of water retention but also the taking of birth control pills or hormonal changes.



So to recap the causes of water retention can be:

Bad nutrition

Sedentary lifestyle

• Heart disease

• Kidney disease

• Inflammations

• Allergic reactions

Overweight

• Pregnancy

• Taking birth control pills

• Hormonal changes

SYMPTOMS OF WATER RETENTION

The main symptom of water retention is basically the swelling of some areas of the body due to the accumulation of liquid that stagnates in one or more points. It is essentially about painless edema often soft to the touch, if pressed with the finger in some cases the presence of liquids is also perceived. In some cases, dimples may appear, the so-called orange peel skin, and weight gain or oscillations may occur.

Changes in color and color are sometimes also noted shine of the skin and, in more serious cases, it may be difficult to move or walk in the case of very pronounced swelling on the ankles or feet. The feeling of bloating on the abdomen, on the other hand, can also cause gastrointestinal symptoms or loss of appetite.

Less frequent symptoms are headaches and difficulty in breathing (in case the stagnation of liquids is in the upper part of the body).

In summary, water retention can cause:

• Swelling of the legs, ankles, feet, abdomen, etc.

• Skin feeling soft to the touch

Orange peel skin

• Changes in the color and shine of the skin

• Movement problems (in the most pronounced cases)



• Headache

• Breathing difficulties (if there is a lot of stagnation in the upper body)

WHAT TO EAT TO PREVENT WATER RETENTION

To counteract water retention or, better still, to prevent it, it is good to start with drink plenty of water (at least two liters per day) and then adjust your diet so that it is particularly rich in seasonal fruit and vegetables and whole foods, limiting sweets, packaged foods, rich in salt, junk food, etc. as much as possible. If you can't drink enough water, you can also help yourself with draining or purifying herbal teas.

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Basically, a correct diet that can also help against water retention must generally include:

5 portions of vegetables and fruit per day

Whole grains

• Foods rich in fiber

• Extra virgin olive oil

• Sprouts

• Purifying or draining herbal teas

Da avoid instead I'm:

• Refined carbohydrates

• Fried

• Red meat and fatty variants

• Butter

• Chocolate

• Licorice

• Sweetened and carbonated drinks

Other useful tips:

Limit the salt

• Limit sweets and hard-to-digest foods

Limit coffee and alcohol

Increase the intake of vitamin C which protects blood and lymphatic circulation

• Do not overdo it with milk and aged cheeses

• Drink plenty of water between meals

Engage in regular physical activity

• Stop smoking

• Don't wear very high heels often

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR WATER RETENTION

Then there are natural remedies that can help counteract water retention as they are capable of promote the drainage of body fluids, among them: birch, pineapple, dandelion. There are also specific supplements based on a mix of herbs and plants that can help eliminate excess fluids and at the same time detoxify the body a little.

Also useful are some essential oils to carry out massages in areas where there is stagnation of liquids or to take depurative baths, finally some can be effective against water retention body techniques such as manual lymphatic drainage.

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