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


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Water, or ‘fluid retention’ occurs when excess fluids build up in the body.  Though it’s also referred to as edema and hydropsy, most of us just call it bloating; because that’s exactly what it feels like.  Water retention occurs both in the circulatory system or within the body’s tissues and cavities.  There are several reasons why it happens, most of which are not serious, but it does signify an abnormal accumulation or build up.  More serious conditions such as kidney disease or cardiovascular issues can also be the cause. Physical inactivity for extended periods of time is the most common cause.

Most haven’t made the ‘fluid retention stress connection’, but 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 constant ‘fight or flight’ mode (even if it’s only in our heads). The result? 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!” MYTH! Elevate your legs and engage in a  little R & R, but not until you’ve taken your vitamin B6, it’s a natural diuretic!  Also, limit your caffeine intake, and most definitely ask your MRC Consultant to tell you about the benefits of CortiTrim!  Not only does it calm and nourish tired adrenal glands, but in the process, CortiTrim slows the release of unneeded cortisol and that means less water retention and quicker weight loss!

Regarding your diet; eat less salt and try to increase foods that contain magnesium and potassium, like whole wheat bread, spinach, quinoa, almonds, cashews, black beans, edamame, avocado, tofu, and cultured yogurt.  Also look for foods high in vitamin B6 like chicken, turkey, fish, wholegrain cereals like oatmeal, wheat germ and brown rice, eggs, vegetables, soya beans, milk and potatoes...all of these delicious foods are on your Metabolic plan.  These nutrients can also be supplemented; so this would be a great conversation to have with your MRC Consultant!  Also, avoid refined carbs (white flour, white bread, white rice, pastries, sodas, snacks, pasta, sweets, breakfast cereals and added sugars) because they all lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels which can cause your body to retain more sodium.  Remember, any level of dehydration may lead to water retention and though it may sound counterintuitive; when you’re retaining water you actually need to drink more of it.  

Last but not least, hormone fluctuations can also cause bloating in box sexes.  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, and both sexes can find themselves bloated if they are experiencing adrenal fatigue due to stress. If you’re experiencing any adrenal insufficiency (or are suspect of any hormonal changes), please see an MRC Consultant to discuss hormone testing.  Metabolic offers an ‘at home and easy to use’ Hormone Test Kit that will eliminate the guesswork and guide you through your potential imbalances and their treatments. There’s no need to continue suffering and we’d love to hear from you and be a part of your success!

You can begin alleviating water retention as soon as tomorrow if you take action today!

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