With the arrival of hot weather, it’s common to hear about fluid retention and feel the effects in your body. Fluid retention is an accumulation of fluids in certain areas of the body (legs, feet, and abdomen) and is more common in women and can range from 0.5 kg to 3 kg of body weight throughout the day.
There are several factors that lead us to retain fluids throughout the day, that is, the fluids we drink don’t correspond to urinary elimination. Here are some examples:
• Circulatory or renal problems;
• Low fluid consumption;
• Lack of physical exercise;
• Medication (e.g. antihistamines, corticosteroids, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, oral contraceptives);
• Hormonal changes;
• High ambient temperature and / or sun exposure;
• Alcohol consumption.
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Fluid retention is not necessary a chronic problem, in most cases it can be prevented or treated with a few simple tricks. Here are some tips to prevent fluid retention:
• Increase your fluid intake - water or tea (mackerel, dandelion, green tea, hibiscus);
• Decrease salt in your diet – the one you put into your meals and the sodium existing in some foods;
• Eat foods rich in potassium and magnesium - bananas, legumes, nuts;
• Start the practice of physical activity;
• Eat foods rich in water (fruit, soup, vegetables, gelatin);
• Avoid foods rich in refined carbohydrates (sugar and refined flour).
At Rocksprint we have a formula that can complement the treatment of fluid retention, a draining supplement - Drainer, ideal for losing volume quickly. This supplement combines the action of several plants that complement each other:
- Increases the elimination of urine: Horsetail, Birch and Orthosifón;
- Triggers the liver metabolism and digestive process: Cardo Mariano; Artichoke and Dandelion;
- Decreases the sensation of swollen belly: Fennel and Black Alder.
In addition, Drainer has a delicious lemon-lime flavour that will help you drink the required amount of water.
With these simple suggestions you will be able to get rid of this problem which, besides being uncomfortable, often becomes painful.
However, if fluid retention persists after making the above changes, you should consult a healthcare professional.
By Adriana Martins, Nutritionist
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