6 Things That Cause Fluid Retention in Your Body and How to Avoid Them

For many of us, fluid retention is a problem. Fortunately, we're here to help!

Consider the following things that cause fluid retention (so you can avoid them):

  • Dehydration: Not drinking plenty of water during the day will result in dehydration. Dehydration will make the body retain water in order to survive which can lead to swelling in the tissues.
  • Magnesium deficiency: Magnesium is one of the most important minerals for our health. It plays a part in many functions, which is why we should take at least 200 mg. a day. Taking the optimal amount of magnesium will also prevent fluid retention. Magnesium can be found in foods such as nuts, dried fruits, avocado, whole grains and spinach.
  • Potassium deficiency: Lack of potassium in the body may lead to improper functioning organs and fluid imbalance and retention as the mineral regulates the water balance in the body.
  • Processed foods: Processed foods contain a lot of sugar and sodium, two substances that are considered as the main causes of edema.
  • Sodium overload: Sodium is present in almost any food we eat, but by consuming too much of it and not drinking enough water it may result in fluid retention.
  • Vitamin B6 deficiency: Lack of vitamin B6 in the body may cause fluid retention, so make sure to optimize its levels. The best sources of vitamin B6 are tuna, sunflower seeds, potatoes, pistachios, bananas or chicken.

To prevent problems with fluid retention, we recommend the following:

  • Better diet: In order to prevent fluid retention in the body, you should also consume more fruit and vegetables. They contain flavonoids which will be of great help in removing excess fluids from the body.
  • Elevation: Elevating the legs when resting can also help. This will reduce the swelling in the ankles – put your ankles above the knees at a sharp angle to accelerate the movement of fluids.
  • Exercise: Exercising is key against fluid retention in the body. It will activate the circulation in your legs by compressing the muscles in the veins and allowing excess fluid to be eliminate through urine and sweat.

Avoid wearing tight clothing as it can impair your circulation and decrease your salt intake as well. 

Try not to shower with hot water in order to prevent dehydration and allow the body to prevent accumulation of fluids.

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