What is Water Retention?

Water retention can be prevented and treated with the proper indications. While the condition is quite common for women undergoing premenstrual symptoms (PMS) there are other fluid retention problems that can indicate that a more serious complication is taking place in the body.

Hypertension, high salt diet, an inefficient lymph system or a variety of cardiac problems can all result in your body holding on to the very water that it should be getting rid of.

When too much water is retained by your cells and tissues it results in puffiness and swelling. Sometimes this bloating occurs in the hands, feet, hands, face or ankles. In some instances the effects of retention are felt but the outward signs are not too apparent.

Your hormones could influence whether or not retention is going to be a problem.

This can easily be seen with women who suffer with excess water weight each month as part of PMS symptoms. If you are using medications or eating foods with a high sodium content your body may be unable to deal with the situation and water retention may be the result.

Your lymph system and kidneys are also responsible for controlling the balance of water that is present in your bloodstream. 

Once the balance shift begins the water simply moves from the bloodstream into the tissues and cells. If you are suffering from severe fluid overload, the swelling (edema) will persist despite your efforts to relieve the bloating. Pulmonary edema is a major problem that results when water is trapped in the cardiovascular system and forced into the lungs.

The usual symptoms are:

- bloating in one or more areas of the body

- generalized discomfort and feelings of heaviness

- excess water is reflected by an increase in body weight

Water Retention Home Remedies

If you have mild retention symptoms you may be able to relieve some of the swelling by raising the body parts that are affected, such as your hands or legs. Just elevate the affected area onto a pillow.

The pillow should be high enough so that the swollen extremity will be at least as high, or higher than your heart. The elevation will help reduce the edema by making it easier for the fluid to move from the tissues back into your bloodstream.

Some women believe that the ginger or rosemary tea could also help prevent water retention during menstruation.

How to Lose Water Weight - Other options

Reduce your intake of sodium; begin eating a healthier diet without processed foods and start exercising each day. Walking is an ideal exercise to include in your daily schedule.

If you frequently suffer from the retention, talk to your doctor about it.


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