Fluids regularly escape from blood into body tissue. The lymphatic system is a network of tubes throughout the entire body that drains this fluid (called lympha) from tissues and empties it once again into the blood stream. Fluid retention (edema) is caused by fluid that is not eliminated from tissues.
The two large categories of fluid retention include generalized edema, when inflammation is present throughout the entire body, and localized edema, when particular areas of the body are affected. Let’s get to know how to use cucumber to fight fluid retention.
The wide array of causes includes bodily reactions to heat, high salt consumption, and hormones related to the menstrual cycle. However, we recommend consulting your physician, and most importantly, do not self-medicate. Edema could be a symptoms of serious illnesses, including anything related to the heart, kidneys or liver.
Symptoms of fluid retention
The symptoms of fluid retention could include:
- Swelling in areas of the body that are affected.
- Generally the feet, ankles, and hands are affected.
- Affected areas of the body could hurt.
- Joints could feel stiff.
- Rapid weight gain in just a few days or weeks.
- Inexpiable weight fluctuations.
- When pressing on the skin, the indentation could remain for several seconds after release (pitting edema)
- In other cases, the skin could bleed when touched (non pitted edema)
Cucumber uses for fluid retention
Due to the fact that cucumbers contain roughly 45 calories, skin included, drinking a glass of water with a cucumber slice in it would be a great substitute for sodas or energy drinks. This could potentially reduce your daily calorie consumption by 150 calories.
As soon as the cucumber hits your water, some of its nutrients start to mix with it. Cucumbers are low in calories and high in water, with perfect components for ending fluid retention. You could use cucumbers in this way as a primary ingredient for flavoring water, which will help any excess liquid in your body.
Cucumber water is also a Diuretic, which means it can help with fluid retention. This is one of the most common causes of weight gain. However, it also contains vitamin C, which could help protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, problems with the eyes and even wrinkles on skin: vitamin K, which helps blood coagulate, and keeps bones strong; vitamin A, which is key for good vision, a healthy immune system, and cellular growth; potassium, which could reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure; iron, which provides oxygen to blood cells; calcium promotes growth in Bones; and much more.
Of course, the amount of these properties depends on how many pieces you put in your water; the more cucumber you use, the more nutrients you will receive. Fight fluid retention by using one cucumber per 2 liters of water. We advise drinking those two liters of water throughout the day.
Potable water is a great way to clean toxins from your body. Cucumber water also has a lot of fiber in it, which helps digestion, and motivates people to eat less. Better food digestion could help weight loss as well.