What is Water Weight?
Water retention is also known as fluid retention or edema. We are made of mostly water, but sometimes our bodies retain more water than is needed and it causes puffiness and swelling in our bodies. Water retention occurs in our circulatory system- within tissues and cavities.
In short, the cells in the body have more water than they need.
What Causes Water Retention and How to Lose Water Weight
1. Reduce Your Salt Intake.
Sodium helps regulate our blood pressure, but we only need a small amount of it. Processed foods exceed the amount of sodium we need daily. One processed meal can contain all the sodium you need for one day.
2. Read the Side Effects of Your Medication.
Water retention might be a side effect. These medications are known to cause water retention- high blood pressure medication, pain relievers like NSAIDs (including Tylenol, ibuprofen), antidepressants, and chemotherapy medication.
3. Circulatory Issues
See your doctor for an exam. It could be an issue with your heart or veins creating water retention.
Symptoms of heart issues include weakness, lightheadedness, rapid heart rate, feeling tired, and shortness of breath.
Symptoms of issues with vein valves include aching legs, enlarged veins, change in skin color, skin rashes and skin ulcers. Or it could be a blood clot – do you have swelling in your foot or your leg?
4. Increase Your Water Intake.
Make sure you are drinking half your weight in water and adjust this amount as you lose weight.
From Progressive Health Website: Other drugs that can cause magnesium deficiency and hypomagnesemia are digitalis, cisplatin, ciclosporin, proton-pump inhibitors such as omeprazole and certain antibiotics including aminoglycosides, amphotericin, and gentamycin.
6. Get Active.
Sitting or standing too long impacts your tissues retaining water. Keep your blood circulating. Take breaks from staying in one spot to get your blood circulating.
7. Elevate Your Feet.
In some cases, this has been shown to help.
8. Add more Vitamin B6
Helps form red blood cells! It’s found in bananas- get your potassium and your B6.
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10. Stay away from Refined Carbs
Refined carbs spike your blood sugar levels and insulin levels leading to water retention.
Note it has a diuretic effect, I would take with magnesium.
Garlic has been historically used as a diuretic. It can be relied on for helping with inflammation in the body.
Diuretic effects, again increase magnesium.
14. Hibiscus or Nettle Tea
Hibiscus or Nettle Tea can help act as a diuretic decreasing your water retention.
The diuretic effect it has helps to increase magnesium.