Being bloated can be a very uncomfortable feeling.
There are various conditions that may trigger the retention of water in your body. Here are some tips on how to lose water weight.
Causes of Water Retention:
- Taking steroid medications
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Not enough protein in the diet
- Inadequate amino acids and B-vitamins
- Having too much sugar and salt in the diet
Health Conditions That May Lead to Fluid Retention:
Here are illnesses that may lead to fluid retention.
- Thyroid diseases
- Kidney diseases
- Heart illnesses
Taking diuretics would effectively get rid of water that accumulated in the interstitial space. This condition is called edema. Be very careful when using diuretics as it also removes important electrolytes and other substances in the body.
The following are the different kind of diuretics.
- Potassium sparing diuretics, do not promote the excretion of potassium in the urine.
- Loop diuretics, like Furosemide.
- Osmotic diuretics, like Mannitol, changes the osmotic balance so water is excreted.
- Calcium-sparing diuretics save calcium from being excreted with urine.
Foods with high water content help get rid of the accumulated water in your body. Here are some foods you might want to add in your meals.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Green Tea
- Cranberry juice
Drink lots of water. When you don’t have enough water in your body, it goes into survival mode and saves the water your body already has. Drinking sufficient amount of water would prevent your body from storing water that it doesn’t have to store.
Beverages like coffee and tea and soda are diuretics. Though they may help release water in your body, keep in mind that too much caffeine and sugar aren’t good for you.
Lessen salt in your diet. Too much sodium would make your body retain water.
If you’re pregnant and you noticed the formation of edema especially on your feet, it’s very important that you consult your doctor immediately.
Exercises like jogging and cycling are also good ways of losing water weight.
Water retention may lead to serious health conditions. If trying to lose water weight naturally doesn’t work, you may have an underlying problem that needs to be treated. Consult your doctor for proper treatment options.