Is your face “puffy” and swollen when you wake up? Do you hold fluid around your waist? If so, you might have water retention. This common condition affects millions of people, especially women. Possible causes include high blood pressure, hormonal problems, medications, and high sodium intake. Most women tend to hold water before and during their period, which may cause major discomfort. The good news is that you can reduce fluid retention by making small lifestyle changes.
The first thing you should do is to start exercising. But living a more active lifestyle is more than just exercise. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods. Even if you don’t go to the gym or work out at home, walk to places you usually drive to, run around with your kids or go for a hike. Do bodyweight exercises, climb stairs instead of taking the elevator and stay moving as much as you can throughout the day. Regular exercise may reduce water retention and improve blood flow. It also causes sweating, which helps a little too 😉
Reduce Your Sodium Intake
Eating foods like potato chips, deli meats, and hot sauce will cause you to retain water. These products contain large amounts of sodium and affect your health. The human body only needs 2,000 to 2,500 milligrams of sodium daily to complete its metabolic functions. Most foods are naturally high in sodium, so you should stop adding salt to your meals.
Green tea, dandelion root tea, and black tea have natural diuretic effects and can help reduce excess fluid. The same goes for coffee. For best results, drink at least two cups of tea daily. Make sure you drink enough water too. Avoid diuretic drugs because they may cause dehydration, kidney problems, and electrolyte imbalances.
Dink More Water
If you don’t drink enough fluids, your body will store water to prevent dehydration. Sometimes the best way to reduce water retention is to drink more water. This vital fluid allows your metabolism to function properly, improves skin appearance, and helps flush out toxins.