Body water corresponds to 60% of an individual’s weight, this water follows a natural cycle within the body that causes it to be absorbed and eliminated, however, when for some reason it cannot be eliminated, it is stored in the tissues.
This fluid retention is called by doctors Edema.
Initially, fluid retention may not be life-threatening, but when it becomes persistent or large, it can be a sign of important diseases such as heart or kidney problems, so it is advisable to see a doctor in these cases.
What causes fluid retention?
The causes of edema may be different, such as:
- The menstrual cycle (due to hormonal imbalances)
- Using oral contraceptives
- Spend many hours on your feet each day
- Consume a small amount of water
- Kidney problems
- Diet low in protein or high in salt, sugar, and processed foods
- Heart or liver disease
- Lack of exercise
- High blood pressure
What are the symptoms of fluid retention?
Symptoms of fluid retention are:
- Weight gain
- Increased leg volume
- In severe cases, the swelling may reach the abdomen. This sign is called “ascites” and requires immediate medical attention.
What is recommended for edema?
- Regular exercise
- Consume 2 liters of water per day
- Increase fruit and vegetable consumption
- Decrease salt intake
- Avoiding sugar and processed foods
- Eating a diet rich in protein
- Sleep at least 6 hours a day
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time. Change position periodically to activate circulation, at least every hour.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing.
Home Remedies for Fluid Retention
Many alternatives are known for the retention of liquids, many of them are remedies that can be carried out at home and that turn out to be extremely effective, among them the following are listed:
- Green tea infusion
Green tea is known for its high diuretic and depurative power, being an ideal alternative for those who suffer from fluid retention.
It can be consumed daily or, at least, three days a week, at least three cups throughout the day.
It is a delicious fruit, consumed all over the world. Many cultures recognize its benefits for the body, is known to be a diuretic food, which also promotes blood circulation and is widely used as an aid to combat cellulite.
- Parsley infusion.
Parsley infusion also has diuretic properties in addition to being excellent depurative. To prepare the infusion you need: 1 cup of water (250 ml) and 1 tablespoon of parsley (10 g), just bring to the boil the mixture of both ingredients for approximately 10 minutes. 1 cup of this tea should be consumed 2 times a day.
- Lemon juice.
Lemon is widely used in cooking all over the world. It is said to help remove excess fluid and toxins from the body. To prepare an infusion of lemon juice, just add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of honey (to taste) to a cup of warm water.
It is recommended to consume once a day for one week.
- Get out of Epsom.
Magnesium Sulphate, known as Epsom Salt, Higuera Salt, Catalayud Salt, English Salt or Bitter Salts.
It is a natural mineral of the organism that is used to help treat many pathologies. It has multiple properties among which is the great purifier of the organism.
It has the property that it is absorbed very well by the skin.
To use it, mix 2 cups of Epsom salt in the tub with warm water and submerge your feet for 15 minutes, 3 times a week.
As always, when faced with a case of edema, regardless of whether any type of home or natural remedy is applied, it is recommended to visit the doctor in order to avoid a major complication.