Water is to me the fluid of life and its health benefits reign supreme. Sometimes however, for various reasons you may be holding onto too much water resulting in that bloated feeling and/or swollen legs, arms, ankles and face. It is the accumulation of excess water in your body tissues that is the culprit. Here are some of the potential causes:
- PMS- could be either pre menstrual or peri menopause! (Gentlemen you cannot use this excuse!)
- High salt levels -1 part salt attracts 4 parts water 1:4
- High sugar diet (including alcohol)
- Thyroid issues – potentially under-active
- Hormone imbalances – progesterone levels are on the low side
All is not lost – there are changes that you can make to your diet to reduce water retention. I would try these first then if the problems persists, see your medical practitioner to test for thyroid and/or hormone imbalances.
So what to do, what to do…?
- REDUCE SALT INTAKE:
If you are a big salt eater then this could be your guy!! Cut it down (not out) – aim to be less than 1000mg/day. Check all nutrition labels for sodium content as it in hides in products like salad dressings/sauces/mayo/bread/pasta. Don’t add salt to cooking or be heavy handed at the table.
2.REDUCE EXCESS STARCHY CARBS – a high starch refined diet, think lots of bread, pasta etc etc can play havoc with both your blood sugar and salt levels. Cut back – your waistline will also love you for it!
3.REDUCE CAFFEINE – INC. COFFEE AND TEAS (not herbal) Alas even though caffeine is a diuretic (makes you pee) and you would think that would help the problem – it’s the opposite! It makes you body hold onto water not let it go!
4. REDUCE ALCOHOL – Alas too much alcohol (think sugar), dehydrates the body therefore the body in panic, holds onto water!! Those A.F.D’s you have been thinking about are looking better and better!
Next post I will tell you what to increase in your diet to help combat water retention.
Be Healthy & Happy !