7 Ways To Kick Water Retention
One sure way to ruin your day is water retention, if only it lasted for just a day. It can leave you feeling swollen, sluggish & bloated to name just a few of the dreaded symptoms. So here’s what we’ve done, we’ve rounded up seven of the best things you can do to ease the symptoms & help you feel yourself again, you can thank us later.
1. STAY HYDRATED
If you’re not drinking enough then your body will start to retain any water that it gets to ensure it can stay hydrated, clever but not good news for you. So make sure you're getting enough, aim for around 2 litres of water a day to help support digestion & flush out toxins. Sip it slowly throughout the day rather than a few big glasses
The perfect balance of potassium in your body will help you regulate your fluid levels. Make sure you’re eating plenty of high potassium vegetables & fruit including bananas, avocados, potatoes & oranges. Meat & milk are also a great source & will help keep your levels topped right up.
3. LOVE MAGNESIUM
Magnesium plays an essential role in keeping your body running smoothly & a deficiency could be causing water retention. A study showed that 200mg of magnesium per day reduced water retention in women with premenstrual symptoms. Here’s the best bit, dark chocolate is a great source of magnesium, but not so fast, nuts, whole-grains & leafy green vegetable are just as rich & far less sugary.
4. GET SWEATY
Raising your heart rate & getting a sweat on each day can go a long way to restoring the natural fluid levels in your body. Perspiration also helps to clear your skin & flush out your pores, a 15 minute workout, in morning before you shower could help you de-bloat , glow & feel fabulous.
5. CUT THAT SODIUM
You need to cut it back & keep your sodium (salt) intake low, as this can be a big factor in water retention & your overall health. I’m not just talking the salt you add to your dishes but what's already present in your food, frozen-meals, tinned soups, sauces, microwave-foods & jars can all contain seriously high levels of salt. When you eat these types of foods look for lower sodium varieties & watch the bloat disappear.
6. SUPER GREENS
Head for the fruit & veg section and look for cucumber, cabbage, celery, watermelon, asparagus & salad leaves. Yes, you need to be eating these tasty greens but what do they all have in common? Well, let me tell you, they’re all natural diuretics & so will help to squeeze out the excess water.
7. VITAMIN B6
Vitamin B6 helps your body create the chemicals that allow your brain to communicate with your nerves cells, wow. This ensures metabolic functions like breaking down fat in the body & protein are completed smoothly. Not only that but this super vitamin has also been shown to reduce water retention in women with premenstrual symptoms. So stock up on bananas, potatoes, walnuts & meat which are all rich sources of vitamin B6.
If you experience sudden or severe water retention or if you are worried about it then it may be advisable to mention it to your doctor but mild water retention particularly around that time of the month is normal