Water Retention: Why I Get it and What I Can Do

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Water retention or "fluid retention" occurs when excess fluids build up in the body. Medically, it's more commonly referred to as to as edema and hydropsy, the more common way you'll hear it described is as "bloating" - because that’s exactly what it feels like.  Water retention occurs both in the circulatory system as well as within the body’s tissues and cavities.  Water retention simply signifies an abnormal accumulation or build up. In some cases, the reason behind it can be serious such as kidney disease or cardiovascular issues, the vast majority of cases (especially in individuals who are healthy and/or have no predisposition to either of those ailments) have much less serious causes such as physical inactivity for extended periods of time or consuming too much sodium and not enough water (that's right - not drinking enough water can cause you to retain water!) The good news is that in most cases water retention is completely treatable and reversible (with and without medication).

Blog Image: Water Retention: Why I Get it and What I Can Do Did you know that there's a connection between stress and fluid retention? For those of us with chronically stressful lives, we’ve managed to create a condition in which our body’s ability to distinguish between real and "perceived" stress has diminished.  Always having the proverbial "pedal to the metal" means we’re in a nearly constant state of "fight or flight." And even if it is largely in our own heads or of our own creation, the result is the same - we’re continually being pumped full of a stress hormone called cortisol. And this may be a cause of your water retention.  It’s worth mentioning here that if you’re trying to lose weight, this temporary weight gain can be especially disheartening. When it shows up on the scale, our heads are filled with negative and untrue thoughts like, “Oh no, I’ve stopped losing weight!” This is a myth! So, instead of stressing about how much weight it looks like you haven't lost (thus stressing yourself out more...thereby producing more excess cortisol...which in turn may signal the body to retain more water...you see the downward spiral this is quickly taking on), take some of these proactive steps to reverse the effects of water retention. Elevate your legs and engage in a little rest and relaxation. Take Vitamin B6 - because it’s a natural, gentle diuretic!  Limiting your caffeine intake can also be helpful to the cause. Lastly, if stress is an ongoing element of your life, then look at incorporating cortisol balancing supplements into your daily regimen. Corti-trim is one of the most comprehensive cortisol balancing supplements on the market today. Not only does it calm and nourish tired adrenal glands, but CortiTrim also slows the release of unneeded cortisol - that means less water retention and quicker weight loss!

Blog Image: Water Retention: Why I Get it and What I Can DoIn addition to lifestyle changes that you can make to decrease water retention, there are also several dietary changes you can make, too. The two easiest and fastest ways to reduce water retention are to eat less salt and drink more water. Try to lean into foods that contain magnesium and potassium, such as whole wheat bread, spinach, quinoa, almonds, cashews, black beans, edamame, avocados, tofu, and cultured yogurts. Also look for foods high in vitamin B6 like chicken, turkey, fish, wholegrain cereals and oatmeal, wheat germ and brown rice, eggs, vegetables, soy beans, milk, and potatoes. Good news for all of you following a weight loss plan with Metabolic Research Center - all of these delicious foods can be found on MRC menus! For those who can't get all their needed vitamins and nutrients from food along, supplementation through a vital or herbal supplement can be a great way to support the body and diet. These are the foods you should lean into and incorporate more of into your diet. Now, let's talk foods you should avoid and/or eat sparingly to help reduce water retention: sodium laden foods (chips, restaurant foods, frozen meals, canned meats) and refined carbs (white flour, white bread, white rice, pastries, sodas, snacks, pasta, sweets, breakfast cereals and added sugars). Refined carbs especially are more of a lesser known culprit behind water retention, but the truth is they can lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. In turn, this can cause your body to retain more sodium. One of the last and most important things to remember when it comes to reducing water retention is that any level of dehydration may lead to water retention. So, while it may sound counterintuitive at first, when you’re retaining water, one of the best things you can do for your body is drink more of it!

Blog Image: Water Retention: Why I Get it and What I Can DoAnother cause of bloating that's not as commonly known are hormonal imbalances and fluctuations. These can occur in both men and woman. Women are likely to experience water retention during PMS or during menopause when progesterone levels fluctuate or are very low. Men may experience water retention when testosterone levels begin to drop. Both sexes can find themselves bloated if they are experiencing adrenal fatigue due to stress (as we discussed in more detail above). If you’re experiencing any adrenal insufficiency (or are suspect of any hormonal changes), then MRC's Hormone Detection Kit may be right for you! This imbalance testing kit is a non-invasive approach to hormones that eliminates the guesswork in trying to figure out the "why behind feeling this way" and guides you through your potential imbalances and their treatments. There’s no need to continue feeling like anything less than the very best version of you. Water retention is just one of many symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Take our Hormone Imbalance Quiz to check and see if you're experiencing others:


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You can begin alleviating water retention as soon as tomorrow, if you take action today! It's never too late to start. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed and aren't sure where to start, then talk to the professionals. We'll help you devise a plan of action to reduce water retention, find balance with your adrenals and hormones, and get started on a healthy diet that allows you to lose the weight today and keep the weight off for good. To connect with an MRC Team to learn more about hormone imbalance testing, weight loss, or any of the supplements mentioned in this article, click here!


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