Water retention is a problem pretty much everyone deals with. It's frustrating, especially for people who are trying to lose weight, as excess fluids build up in your hands, feet, ankles and legs. Though it can mean you're dealing with a serious health issue like kidney disease or heart failure, water retention is generally pretty harmless.
Whether it's too much sodium, the warm weather, poor circulation, or dehydration, living with water retention can seriously affect your quality of life. Women who are pregnant or on their period tend to experience water retention more frequently, which is why there are a lot of complaints from women about feeling bloated during their time of the month.
Water retention is certainly annoying, but it doesn't have to ruin your life! I've found that these tricks help reduce water retention and make me feel a lot better during the day.
1. Drink Fluids
Sounds counter-intuitive, right? But water retention can be a sign of dehydration, which causes your body to retain the fluids it DOES have. Drinking more fluids (water or unsweetened tea, in particular) will help your body flush out ALL the unwanted fluids and prevent swelling.
2. Less Salt
Salt makes you thirsty, which is basically the easiest way to explain water retention due to high sodium. Your body holds on to the water you consume to quench its own thirst. Sodium binds to water in the body, which then forces you to retain the fluid. Eating less processed foods or other foods that contain a high sodium count can reduce the amount of water your body holds on to.
3. More Magnesium
This one is especially important for women who are menstruating. Magnesium is a mineral that helps keep your body functioning properly, and when you don't get enough of it, your body starts to act differently. You can get magnesium supplements at the store, or you can try eating foods that are higher in the mineral, such as nuts, whole grains, dark chocolate, and leafy green vegetables.
4. Reduce The Amount Of Carbs You Eat
This one hurts, because I love anything and everything that contains carbs. But refined carbs, like in bread, crackers, cookies, and other snacks can contribute to water retention. Instead, grab some fruits and veggies that have a high water content such as leafy greens, apples, berries, and citrus fruit. These will all help fight against bloating and water retention.
5. Increase Your Activity (If Possible)
Water retention can be reduced by increasing your activity level. Walking, cycling, dancing, swimming, or anything else that elevates your heart rate can help increase the efficiency of your metabolism. It also makes you sweat, which gets rids of excess water. Keep in mind, however, the more you sweat, the more water you need to drink in order to stay hydrated!