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Water retention: Causes, treatment and home remedies for swelling in the hands, feet(Edema)

What is water retention.

Water retention is the body’s tendency to retain fluids. The accumulation of fluids in intercellular spaces is mainly concentrated in some areas of the body such as the abdomen, face, hips, legs, feet and ankles, and is manifested through visible swelling of the affected areas. Hormones, medication, diets and lifestyle (smoking and alcohol) are among the main causes. A temporary stagnation of fluids should not be confused with persistent water retention, which may be a symptom of a serious condition such as kidney or heart failure, conditions which require medical attention.

What causes fluid retention?

Water retention is caused by a build-up of fluid, which can be caused by a number of factors. Yes, there’s a whole host of potential contenders for the cause of your puffy parts.

Causes of water retention

  • Regular hormonal fluctuations. Women can thank progesterone and oestrogen and the menstrual cycle for that monthly gift from nature
  • Standing or sitting in the same position for too long. That’s why you sometimes get ‘tight shoes’ on a long-haul flight
  • Eating too much processed and salty food
  • Being pregnant
  • Taking certain medicines
  • Experiencing an acute injury such as a strain or sprain or an insect bite or sting
  • An underlying medical condition

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Water Retention:

• Avoid salt intake as much as you can. Sodium increases fluid retention
• Increase the intake of potassium rich foods such as bananas, raisins, asparagus, cabbage etc.
• Apply ice packs on the affected area. It is an efficient home remedy to reduce water retention as it improves blood circulation.
• Add two teaspoons of dried parsley leaves in one cup of water. Boil this water for about ten minutes. Drink while hot. It is considered as an excellent home remedy to treat water retention.
• Drink a cup of cranberry juice daily. It helps to cure kidney problems leading to excess liquid accumulation.
• Apply essential oils like rosemary, lavender, grapefruit, lemon etc on the affected area. Massaging gently to get rid of water retention.
• Exercising daily. It will help you to strengthen your circulatory system and eliminate the problem of water retention.
• Avoid the excess intake of dehydrating drinks such as coffee and alcohol.
• Increase the intake of vitamin B supplements.
• Absolutely stay away from junk food, as they have extra salt and calories.




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