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Fluid retention is common in women and contributes to swollen belly and cellulite, however it can also be more serious and cause swollen legs and feet. Hormonal changes, physical inactivity, s alt consumption and excess industrialized products are among the most common causes.
Treatment to combat excess fluid can be done naturally by ingesting more water, diuretic teas and exercising may be enough, but when retention is severe or caused by kidney or heart disease, it may be necessary take medication prescribed by the doctor.
The accumulation of liquids in the body causes swelling, which can be easily noticed by the increase in abdominal volume, face, and especially in the legs, ankles and feet.Pressing the area near the ankles with your thumb for 30 seconds and then observing if the area has been marked is an easy way to find out that you are retaining fluid. The sock brand on the ankle or the brand of tight clothing on the waist also serve as a parameter to assess whether the person has fluid retention.
Some top ways to get rid of fluid retention and deflate include:
1. Drinking diuretic teas
Diuretic teas are an excellent supplement to lose weight faster, and the best options are:
- Cinnamon with ginger;
- Green Tea;
- Ginkgo biloba;
- Asian spark;
Any tea already has a diuretic effect, because basically the more water a person ingests, the more urine they will produce.This urine will be full of toxins and will also carry excess fluid from the body. However, certain plants enhance this diuretic effect of teas, such as green tea, horsetail, hibiscus, ginger, and parsley. Check out other diuretic tea options.
Exercise is also an excellent natural way to deflate the body quickly, contributing to weight loss. Contraction of large muscle groups such as arms, legs and buttocks forces excess fluid to be eliminated through the urine. Therefore, it is common to feel the urge to urinate after 1 hour of exercise at the gym.
Some exercises that can be indicated are fast walking, running, riding a bicycle with a heavy gait to increase the effort of the legs and jumping rope, for example. Localized exercises are not as beneficial as these, but they can be an option, after about 20 minutes of aerobic activity, for example.
3. Feeding care
It is important to be careful with food to reduce fluid retention, the main ones being:
- Drink water, about 2 liters a day, or tea, such as horsetail tea,
- Replace s alt to prepare or season food with aromatic herbs, such as parsley or oregano, for example;
- Increase consumption of diuretic foods, such as watermelon, cucumber or tomato;
- Avoid canned foods, sausages or others that have a lot of s alt;
- Eat foods rich in water, such as radishes, turnips, cauliflower, watermelon, strawberries, melons, pineapples, apples or carrots;
- Increase consumption of foods rich in potassium, such as cooked beet greens, avocado, low-fat yogurt, orange juice or bananas.
Squeezing 1 lemon in 1 liter of water and taking it throughout the day, without sugar, is also an excellent strategy to deflate faster, which reduces abdominal volume quickly. Check out in the video below some tips on how to eat to reduce fluid retention:
4. Perform lymphatic drainage
Lymphatic drainage is a great strategy to eliminate excess fluid from the body, it can be done manually, as a type of gentle massage with well-marked movements, so that they have the expected effect, but also can be performed with electronic equipment for mechanical lymphatic drainage, called pressotherapy.
These treatments can be performed in specialized aesthetic clinics, with sessions that vary from 3 to 5 times a week, depending on the needs of each person. Each session lasts about 45 to 60 minutes and immediately afterwards the person should feel the need to urinate, which indicates that the treatment has had the expected effect.Lymphatic drainage is a good complement to cellulite treatment, and its performance is indicated after treatments such as radiofrequency and lipocavitation, for example. See how manual lymphatic drainage can be performed.
5. Taking diuretic medication
Diuretic drugs such as Furosemide, Hydrochlorothiazide or Aldactone can also be used in the treatment for retention, which should only be used when prescribed by the doctor. This is important because there are different types of diuretic remedies that are more or less indicated according to the cause of retention. Some are good for the heart, and can only be used by people with heart problems. Check out other examples of diuretic remedies that the doctor may recommend.
See more tips to deflate in this video:
What to do for fluid retention in pregnancy
Swelling is normal during pregnancy due to hormonal changes that happen at this stage, it can happen at any stage, but it occurs mainly in the 2nd and at the end of the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, which is when the woman feels most tired and is less willing to walk or exercise.
What to do: Wearing elastic stockings on your legs and feet is an excellent strategy, but they should be put on before getting out of bed. The pregnant woman should also reduce the intake of s alt and industrialized products, rich in sodium, and drink plenty of water and teas approved by the obstetrician, which also fight urinary infection, common in pregnancy. Walk for 30 minutes to 1 hour every day and exercise regularly.
Causes of fluid retention
Fluid retention can happen due to several situations, the main ones being:
- Diet rich in s alt and sodium;
- Little intake of water or clear liquids, such as teas;
- Staying in the same position for a long time, sitting or standing;
- Heart problems such as heart failure or cardiomyopathy;
- Using certain medications, such as birth control pills, heart or blood pressure medications;
- Lack of physical activity;
- Kidney disease;
- Liver cirrhosis;
- Changes in thyroid function.
Hydric retention occurs when blood reaches the legs but has difficulty returning to the heart, the result is a large outflow of fluid from the blood to the interstitial medium, which is the space between the cells, generating the edema. Learn more about the main causes of fluid retention.