Causes of Fluid Retention and How to Avoid It

The accumulation of water in the tissues  as  a result of imbalance in the liquid levels in the body is known as Fluid retention.

Complex system of hormones in our bodies constantly tweak the levels of liquids in order to keep them stable and  drinking more than the recommended amount of water doesn’t cause  problems  because the excess is eliminated by the kidneys in the form of urine or sweat.

To prevent fluid retention  we MUST avoid doing  6 things :

1.Consuming too much sodium

  • it is present in almost any food but  consuming too much of it and not drinking enough water can cause  fluid retention.

2.Processed foods

  • is packed with sugar and sodium –  two  main causes of edema.

3.Dehydration

  • not drinking enough  water during the day will result in dehydration
  • it will make the body retain water in order to survive what lead to swelling in the tissues.

4.Vitamin B6 deficiency

  • lack of vitamin B6  may cause fluid retention
  • eat more tuna, sunflower seeds, potatoes, pistachios, bananas or chicken.

5.Magnesium deficiency

  • this minerals  plays a part in many body  functions
  • take at least 200 mg. a day to say healthy and to  prevent fluid retention
  • eat more nuts, dried fruits, avocado, whole grains and spinach.

Potassium deficiency

  • lack of potassium can cause improper functioning organs ,fluid imbalance and retention
  • mineral regulates the water balance in the body.

TIPS  to PREVENT FLUID RETENTION:
# Exercise

  • to activate the circulation in your legs by compressing the muscles in the veins .

#Elevating the legs when resting

  • to reduce the swelling in the ankles
  • simply put your ankles above the knees at a sharp angle .

#Eat more fruit and vegetables

  • packed with  flavonoids – great help in removing excess fluids from the body.

#Avoid wearing tight clothing

  • it can impair your circulation

#Don’t  shower with hot water

  •  to prevent dehydration
  • to allow the body to prevent accumulation of fluids.

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