Fluid retention is nothing but your body’s “habit” of locking up fluids in tissues.
This causes a severe fluid imbalance in the system, and may lead to certain health problems. Your body has the ability to adjust fluid levels, but sometimes the problem is much deeper than you think.
Here’s what you should do:
- Potassium deficiency
Potassium aids in maintaining optimal fluid balance in the body. Any deficiency will result in fluid retention and imbalance. This will have a negative effect on the function of your internal organs.
- Magnesium deficiency
Magnesium is important for your overall health. It takes part in many bodily functions, and you need to take at least 200mg of this mineral every day. Boost your magnesium intake to prevent/treat fluid retention. Eat more spinach, whole grains, avocado, dried fruits, and nuts.
- Vitamin B6 deficiency
The lack of vitamin B6 can lead to fluid retention. Eat more chicken, bananas, pistachios, potatoes, sunflower seeds, and tuna.
Drink plenty of water, otherwise your body will be forced to retain water in order to “survive.” This causes swellings and discomfort.
- Processed foods
Sodium and sugar in processed foods are one of the most common causes of edema.
Sodium is in almost every food you eat. High sodium intake and insufficient water intake lead to fluid retention. Stay away from salt to prevent the risk of this issue.
Be more active. This will help your muscles to eliminate the excess fluid, and stimulate circulation. Elevate your legs while in bed to reduce swellings.
Eat more fresh fruits and veggies. Flavonoids will give you a hand in the process.
Wear loose clothes to provide normal blood circulation. Hot showers are not an option in your case. Well, hot showers are never an option.