Fluid retention appears as a direct consequence of physiological situations like menopause, pregnancy, and menstruation, as well as from kidney, liver, and heart diseases, among others. Women are more prone to suffering from this problem.
Have you suddenly noticed weight gain, noticing primarily that your legs and hands are very thick, while you also feel weak and cramps in the body? If this is your situation, this translates into the first warning signs for possible fluid retention.
Even though this health condition doesn’t represent any serious consequence, you do need to pay attention to it because it could be one of the signs that announces another illness that does deserve an evaluation, like hypertension or heart disease.
Fluid retention could be caused in large part by bad dietary habits. That’s why in today’s article we are going to offer you a few pieces of very important advice for preventing this condition.
- You should increase your daily consumption of all foods that are rich in water and electrolytes, preferring fruits and vegetables.
- You should schedule a few physical activities that help improve circulation. If possible, you should do these exercises or activities every day, and for at least a half an hour. You can include walks, going out on the bike, and even dancing.
- You should drink at least eight glasses of water throughout the day. If, for some reason, you aren’t a big water fanatic, you can replace it with natural juices without added sugar. A few herbal infusions, or even just flavored water, which is just water with a bit of citrus juice added to it, like lemon or orange.
- It is important to control you salt consumption. This should be added to foods in very small quantities, or replaced by aromatic herbs and condiments.
- You must control, or if possible, avoid consuming foods rich in sugar.
- You need to eat a good amount of proteins, because if these are lacking in your diet, albumin production is drastically reduced, which could cause an accumulation of fluids among tissues.
- You must do everything possible to get good and proper rest, as this is very important to preventing fluid retention, especially if it appears more frequently in the lower limbs.
- To prevent fluid retention it is advisable to drink tea and other herbal infusions that produce diuretic effects.
- It is not very recommendable to stay seated for long periods of time. You can even stand up once every hour to stretch your legs, taking a short stroll around the office.
- It is very important not to use clothing articles that are too tight.
If you also avoid carbonated drinks, coffee, and refined flours in addition to following this advice, I assure you that you will feel and look much better.