Have you reduced that body fat but still feel bloated and spongy?
Something regularly overlooked is the role of water in your bodies perfectionism.
Oedema and fluid retention can be caused by food intolerance, dehydration, water cutting, poor diet, toxin exposure and disease and hormone changes.
Mostly excess fluid retention is not a health issue but it can still make you feel sluggish and heavy.
Here are a few tips from our Dr Emma that might help...
1) Aim for 3-4 litres of water a day. Honestly this is not as counterproductive as it sounds. If you are dehydrated the body will attempt to reach an equilibrium holding onto the water it has access to. You should try to take note of when you feel thirsty. Drink more when you’re in a hot environment or exercising. You should monitor the colour of your urine.
2) Some people suggest that having warm water first thing in the morning laced with some lemon slices can assist digestion, overall health and water retention.
3) Exercise is fairly obvious but it is most effective in the short term. Increasing sweat will reduce water content in the body. During exercise, your body will move water into the muscle which will also reduce extracellular water. Ensure you drink water during exercise as it will help to reduce dehydration risks.
4) Certain foods are well known for their properties in combating water retention. Specifically those that are high in potassium as they aid the sodium balance. Aim for dark leafy greens, bananas, avocados, tomatoes and yoghurt. Dark chocolate, some nuts and grains.
5) Increase your vitamin B6 important for the formation of red blood cells. B6 can be found in bananas, potatoes and walnuts.
6) Manage your salt intake.
7) Caffeine - Tea and coffee are well known diuretics that are primarily effective due to the caffeine content. They have been shown to increase short-term urine output and decrease water weight slightly.
8) Stress less - Easy to say but not so easy to do. Long-term stress can increase your cortisol levels, which directly leads to fluid retention and water weight.
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