Tuesday, June 14, 2016

5 causes of water retention and tips to prevent it

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Water retention is the ability of a matter or any component to retain water in itself without giving it out. This situation can be seen in humans (otherwise known as edema), whereby the body retain some quantity of water in itself, with it being obvious and having negative health effects. In this page, briefly i shall be showing you some causes of water retention and expert tips on how it can be prevented.

Water retention does not always require medication to deal with it. Moreover, even the medications that you take might increase your risk of water retention. The best way to prevent water retention is by making a few lifestyle changes. Here are five expert tips delivered by a Medical practitioner, to deal with water retention.

1. Immobility for long time
According a medical expert, even sitting or standing for long hours can cause water retention due to decreased blood circulation. And the only way to prevent it is to be physically active. You can take a casual walk in your home or visit your washroom every 2 – 3 hours.

2. Lack of water intake
Yes, a very common cause of water retention is the lack of water, as the level of electrolytes in the body increase, leading to fluid accumulation. This does not mean you load up your intake of water extensively but ensuring that you drink roughly 3 to 4 litres of water a day is enough.

3. Health problems
Did you know that certain health conditions like kidney disease, heart disease, liver infection or brain tumour can cause edema? Hence, if you are suffering from any, it is wise to consult your doctor to know the correct medication and get treated.

4. Medications
In some cases, even amlodipine, a high blood pressure medication, is known to cause water retention. Moreover, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids and birth control pills can lead to fluid retention. Hence, always consult a doctor before popping a pill.

5. Excessive salt intake
And lastly, the most common cause of water retention is excessive intake of salt. So limit your intake of salt or sodium by restricting your intake of salty foods and foods containing high amount of sodium.

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