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No More Swelling! How To Reduce Water Retention In Your Body

Date October 26, 2018

Our bodies are almost 80% water. And so it has a huge impact on us. Yet sometimes, it happens that our bodies accumulate too much of it. This leads to various swellings. So what to do? Today, we will discuss all the details about the role of water in our body and how to get rid of its excess.

No More Swelling! How To Reduce Water Retention In Your Body

Why water is so important for a human body

In fact, water is the main basic element in the body and is responsible for many body functions:

  • it flushes out toxins from the body;
  • regulates body temperature;
  • improves brain function;
  • protects the spinal cord and joints;
  • prevents constipation;
  • helps digestion system;
  • helps absorb nutrients
  • helps you lose weight;
  • improves the circulation of oxygen in the blood;
  • helps fight with diseases;
  • increases the amount of energy;
  • improves mood;
  • improves cognitive function;
  • supports skin radiance;
  • prevents general dehydration.

Our body receives most of the water not only from drinks but also from food that's why diet plays an important role in it as well.

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How to know if our body accumulated too much water and find out why it happens

No More Swelling! How To Reduce Water Retention In Your Body

Symptoms

There are certain zones on your body that may retain too much water. In such cases, you should pay attention to the specific symptoms:

  • discolored skin;
  • if pressing on the skin it leaves a fingerprint;
  • you feel pain and softness in the limbs;
  • there’s joint stiffness;
  • you gain weight;

Reason

There are many reasons why water level exceeds in our body. The human body regulates a complex system of hormones and hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, water regulators. Water excess can be quickly excreted from kidneys with urine. And so, the less we drink the smaller amount of urine will be produced.

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Reasons:

  • disorders of the capillaries and lymphatic system;
  • heart and kidney disease;
  • pregnancy;
  • lack of physical activity;
  • protein deficiency;
  • pathological changes in hormonal levels;
  • malnutrition or poor diet;
  • some medications.

Simple ways to get rid of body water excess 

1. A good sleep helps the body manage fluid and sodium balance, which can reduce the amount of water excess. Remember you should have a healthy sleep.

No More Swelling! How To Reduce Water Retention In Your Body

2. Electrolytes control the water balance and hydration of cells. Electrolyte supplements can be useful if you drink a lot of water, exercise often, live in a hot climate, or don't eat salty foods. But you should be careful with any medications and take them only after consulting with your doctor!

3. Salt and soda play an important role in the balance of fluid in the body, so try to avoid excessive consumption or, conversely, complete rejection of them.

No More Swelling! How To Reduce Water Retention In Your Body

4. Add magnesium products to your diet as it plays an important role in hydration levels and water amount in the body.

5. Drink dandelions decoction. It is often used by athletes who need to reduce the amount of water in the body. 

6. Be sure to drink the needed amount of water every day. You can ask your doctor of its quantity.

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7. Certain foods and herbs can act as diuretics and reduce the amount of water. Combine them with easily digestible foods that don't cause bloating or intolerance.

8. A low-carb diet can cause a rapid decrease in water weight due to reduced glycogen stores and insulin levels.

9. A moderate amount of caffeine from tea or coffee also helps to remove excess water from the body. 

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No More Swelling! How To Reduce Water Retention In Your Body

10. Live a healthy lifestyle: eat right, exercise, give up bad habits.

Now you know what to do if your body water level exceeds and you are often concerned about swelling and bloating. Follow our recommendations and do not forget that if the problem doesn't disappear, you should definitely see a doctor!

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.