Water or fluid retention happens when your body is holding onto too much water which consequently builds up in tissues. This can happen anywhere in the body however it is fairly common in the feet and ankles.
Water retention is also known as edema and can affect any age group however it is most commonly experienced by the older population and pregnant women.
What are the symptoms of water retention?
When the body cannot adequately balance fluid levels in the body this can result in various symptoms:
- Puffy skin
- Joint stiffness and aches
- Weight gain
What can cause water retention?
- Food allergies such as gluten and dairy
- Air plane travel
- Hormonal changes
- Excess salt typically from eating too much table salt and processed foods
- Lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet
- Certain medications
- Sitting or standing for too long
Certain health problems can also cause edema which include congestive heart failure, liver disease, and kidney disease.
What’s the solution?
Incorporating regular movement throughout the day is important for overall health but can also help to prevent and reduce edema as it supports circulation of the blood throughout the body. If you do have a sedentary job try to get up at least once per hour and avoid sitting for longer periods of time.
- Compression socks or stockings
These can be bought at most drugstores and they act by putting pressure on the legs to prevent the accumulation of fluid.
-Avoid processed foods and table salt
We do need sodium however most of us are getting too much of it from our Western diet that is primarily made up of processed foods. The use of table salt at the dinner table is another source of sodium that is contributing to excess levels in the body. Eliminating processed foods from your diet will make a big difference in regulating fluid levels in the body. We recommend making home-cooked meals as much as possible and choosing whole foods instead to avoid the overconsumption of salt. Himalayan or Celtic sea salt are better options to season dishes with as they are unprocessed and contain various trace minerals.
-Potassium and magnesium foods:
Including potassium and magnesium-rich foods in your diet can help to balance out sodium levels.
Though reducing sodium intake from the diet is important the ratio of sodium to potassium may be even more important. And since potassium is found mainly in fruits and vegetables most of us are not getting enough of this mineral while ingesting excess sodium.
You can find potassium in bananas, potatoes, Medjool dates, avocado, sweet potato, and beet greens. Magnesium-rich foods include leafy greens, almonds, pumpkin seeds, spinach, and cashews.
Hydrating fruits and vegetables as well as diuretic foods can help to rehydrate the body and flush out excess water. These include watermelon, green tea, parsley, garlic, onions, cucumber, berries, dandelion, and lemons.
Diuretics are medications designed to expel excess water and salt from the body via the urine. These are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure but also in cases of edema. However, there are natural sources of diuretics such as herbs which can produce the same results without the many side effects that can occur. These herbs help to support the kidneys in removing fluid and waste from the body. We have included certain nutrients and herbs that have been proven to reduce swelling in the body by shedding excess water weight in our brand new formula, Water B Gonë.
What’s included in “Water B Gonë”
Milk thistle is a popular herbal remedy that has been used medicinally for thousands of years as a diuretic, hepatoprotectant, anti-inflammatory, and digestive aid. It is commonly used to support and protect the liver, specifically due to its active ingredient known as silymarin. But it doesn’t only benefit the liver, milk thistle also stimulates protein synthesis and cell regeneration in the kidneys just as in the liver.
Juniper berry is another plant that has powerful water-shedding properties. Used traditionally for many treatments, juniper berry also acts as a diuretic, helping to relieve symptoms such as bloating.
Water B gonë delivers a clinically validated dosage of Juniper, as prescribed by the German Commission E Monograph, which is considered the worldwide authority on Herbal Medicine.
Hormonal imbalances can create symptoms of water retention, especially during the premenstrual phase. Black cohosh is a medicinal root that’s used to treat female hormonal issues, including PMS, menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that can help to prevent cramping and ensure proper muscle function while shedding water. Many people believe that calcium, potassium or other minerals are needed to help prevent cramping. However, when shedding water, research shows that the only mineral needed to prevent cramping and ensure proper muscle function is magnesium.