If you have the tendency to retain fluids in your body, then you may often experience increased weight overnight. Fluid retention in the body can cause inflation or swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, wrists and hands.

Overweight and fluid retention

Before knowing the possible causes, it is important to establish what the symptoms are:


–  Swollen abdomen
–  Heavy legs
–  Swollen legs
–  Swollen hands
–  Swollen lips and eyelids

Causes of weight gain due to fluid retention

a. In our body there are very small vessels called capillaries, which under certain circumstances are very permeable to water, because of this situation when an accumulation of interstitial water level occurs, it causes an increase in weight at the expense of excess water.
b. Excess estrogen can cause fluid retention and edema; this affects women a few days before menstruation and women who are entering menopause. Usually this process will be accompanied by the appearance of cellulite.
c. Stress and lifestyle, these situations help trigger mechanisms by which the body tends to increase the synthesis of substances such as catecholamines, which are involved directly on fluid retention.
d. A diet rich in fat, sodium, alcoholic beverages and poor water consumption help produce swelling due to fluid retention.
e. Diseases such as hypertension, certain liver diseases, cardiovascular diseases, etc…

Knowing what makes you retain fluids and therefore gain weight, can help you decide on making some lifestyle changes to help you avoid fluid retention.

If you have the tendency to retain water weight, the first thing you should do is see a doctor to find out if your fluid retention is a symptom of a disease. If you don’t have any disease, then you can take simple actions to eliminate kilos caused by fluid retention.

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How to lose water weight

* Drink plenty of water. Water is not the cause of water retention, but the lack of water. When you drink enough water, the body can eliminate excessive fluids. If you do not drink enough water, your body retains more fluids.

* Avoid processed and very salty foods. Look closely at the label on processed foods and canned foods. Often high in sodium but not feel they are salted, this can promote excessive sodium retention.

* Eat foods rich in potassium. Foods rich in potassium, such as bananas, avocados and apricots are excellent because potassium helps to eliminate excess fluids.

* Eat foods rich in magnesium. Magnesium also helps to remove excess liquid. Eat foods rich in magnesium such as nuts, seeds and green leaves.

* Eat plenty of high fiber foods. The fiber, as found in fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain cereals, is beneficial for digestion and thus helps eliminate fluids that your body does not need.

* Limit consumption of sugar, desserts, sweets, sugary drinks and sodas. A diet high in sugar can decrease your body’s ability to eliminate sodium.

* Take ginger tea. Ginger has diuretic properties that help eliminate fluid retention in a natural way.

* Exercise regularly. Exercise helps remove excess fluids and salt from the body through sweat.

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