Contribution by: Cerina El Sahely
The term ‘water retention’ means an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the circulatory system or within the tissues or cavities of the body. Many women are familiar with this condition when it is associated with the menstrual cycle; which is caused by the release of hormones that cause the kidneys to retain water, rather than flushing it out. Water retention can also be caused by medical problems with organs like the kidneys, heart, or liver, and it has been linked with thyroid problems as well. Also, the body retains water if you eat a diet which is too high in salt.
How To Fight Water Retention:
Drink more water, your body might be holding on your water because you are dehydrated
Increase your physical activity. Sweat. Sweat. AND sweat.
Eat bananas or food high in potassium
Eat more citrus fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit)
Make sure to reduce your sodium intake (salt)
Consume herbs and foods that are natural diuretics (apple cider vinegar, celery, celery seed, cranberry juice, dandelion and green tea)
Take vitamin B6, calcium and vitamin D, it will help you get rid of excess premenstrual water weight.
However, be careful not to drink too much water, keep a balance for your body and your kidneys!! I hope you learned more about water retention.
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