WATER RETENTION

Your body is mostly water. It's in your blood, muscles, organs, and bones. Sometimes your body experiences an abnormal accumulation of clear, watery fluid causing puffiness and swelling, this is known as fluid retention, edema, or more commonly, water retention.

 

Water retention occurs when the pumping strength of the heart is no longer able to maintain normal pressure within the blood vessels, this imbalance, in turn, compromises the lymphatic system’s functionality and results in the accumulation of water in the tissues and cavities. It can cause swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, and legs.

 

Some women experience water retention during pregnancy or before their period. It can also affect men who do not lead a healthy lifestyle.

 

Causes

  • Excess sodium in the body

  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle

  • Hormones, especially during pregnancy or before menstruation. Hormones taken for birth control or hormone replacement therapy can also cause your body to hold water

  • Medication such as antidepressants, high blood pressure medication, chemotherapy, and pain relievers

  • Cardiovascular diseases

  • Overwhelmed lymphatic system

  • Circulatory diseases

 

Treatment

  • LPG Endermologie is one of the most effective treatments for water retention. Skin also becomes fresher looking, smoother, and more elastic.

  • Ultratone helps improve body functions by delivering electrically-induced pulses to the affected area. Repeated sessions are recommended.

  • Massaging the area regularly can help eliminate excess fluids.

 

Tips

  • Stay active, walking and moving around can reduce the liquid build up in the lower limbs

  • Raise your feet (above your heart level) whenever possible to remove excess fluid

  • Wear compression stockings to encourage circulation

  • Completely eliminate salt from your diet

  • Increase vitamin B6, Magnesium, and Potassium intake to reduce water retention and increase urine production

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