Let's face it: being bloated feels horrible. It makes you feel sick, uncomfortable and leaves you wondering what is going on in the world with your body. Bloating occurs when water builds up in the body and the body holds it back too much, making you look and feel bloated. There are several different reasons for water retention in the body. Identifying the source can help you better understand your body and eliminate the problem.
Water retention in the body and how to avoid it
Here are five reasons why your body retains water and how to avoid them:
1. Certain medications
Some prescription drugs cause water retention as a side effect. If you take antidepressants, beta-blockers, blood pressure medications, or over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), you may experience fluid retention and bloating. NSAIDs include aspirin and ibuprofen. If you think your medication may be causing fluid retention, talk to your doctor.
2. High sodium intake
The body needs sodium for several important functions, including regulating blood pressure and fluid levels in the body, but it only requires small amounts. If your diet is high in sodium, it can lead to fluid retention, bloating, and weight gain. The recommended sodium intake is 2,300 milligrams or less per day, that is, a teaspoon of salt. If you want to add some flavor to your food, try herbs and spices instead. Use garlic, cumin, oregano, sage, or pepper to flavor your dish.
3. Heart problems
A heart condition can cause fluid retention, most often in the legs, ankles, feet, and abdomen. Common symptoms of heart failure include fatigue, fast heart rate, weakness, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you experience a combination of these symptoms, see a healthcare professional who should order blood tests, X-rays, EKGs, and other tests.
Women often experience bloating and water retention during menopause. Estrogen and progesterone are hormones that play an important role in fluid retention. Estrogen levels that are too high or progesterone levels that are too low can cause the body to retain water. If you experience severe bloating around your menstrual cycle, consult your OB / GYN to discuss possible options.
Also, watch your diet by reducing foods that cause bloating. If the diet does not work, perhaps you may be having allergies and intolerances, but that should always be treated with a specialist. In rare cases, hormone replacement or hormone rebalancing therapy may be needed.
5. An inactive lifestyle
If your daily routine involves sitting or standing for long periods of time, you may notice water retention as a result. An inactive lifestyle can cause the body to retain fluid. You may also notice swelling of the legs or ankles. Make sure to keep your blood circulating throughout the day. If your job requires long periods of sitting, get up and go for a walk whenever possible. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and add 15 to 30 minutes of exercise to your day.
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