There are a number of reasons why the body can hold excessive amounts of water. Water retention is, for example, a common premenstrual problem for a lot of women. Men are for obvious reasons not prone to water retention from menstruation but there are other factors, such as elevated stress levels or poor diet, that may affect how much water the body is retaining.
Holding too much water can have an effect on your appearance by making your face look puffy or bloating your stomache. This may not sound like a big deal but if you want to look extra good for a special occasion, such as a photoshoot or going to the beach, getting rid of excessive water can make a big visual difference in both your face and your physique, at least if you are somewhat lean (10 percent bodyfat or less).
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Drink more water. This advice may seem a bit strange but drinking more water may actually help you to reduce water retention. If you do not drink enough water the body will get dehydrated and try to conserve water. Try to drink eight to ten glasses of water each day and remember to drink even more if you are physically active. Be careful not to overdo it though, drinking too much water may affect the normal balance of electrolytes.
Cut back on your salt intake. Minimize your fast food intake. Hamburgers, french fries, pizzas, burritos, etc are often loaded with salt, which causes the body to retain more water. Substitue your regular salt with ”herb salt” and try to eat more vegetables and fruit.
Sweat it out. Physical activity increases respiration and perspiration. Find an activity that you like and can do on a regular basis. Take a power walk, go for a swim, hit the gym, or choose another form of exercise. Fit people tend to have less problem with water retention than inactive people.
Diuretic foods. There are foods with natural diuretic properties that may help reduce water retention. The effect, if any, is most likely quite modest but there is no harm in drinking cranberry juice or eating asparagus once in a while. Other foods that are said to have diuretic properties are pineapple and grapes. These fruits are great to put in a fruitsallad to make a healthy dessert.
Consult your doctor. ”Serious water retention” may have a medical cause and should not be treated without professional help. Consult your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet or exercise regimen.