The Main Causes of Body Water Retention

I believe that one of the main cause of body water retention is excessive intake of sodium. On the average, aussies consume about 4,000 to 5,000 mg of sodium per day. This is so much more than the daily recommended sodium intake of only 1,500 to 2,400 mg, by Nutrition Australia. The human kidneys are simply not built to process and eliminate that much sodium in the body. Some diseases can also be a cause of body water retention. If you have a disease that affects your thyroid or kidneys, then your body may have a hard time eliminating water from your body. If you feel that your body is retaining fluid then what you should do is to immediately see a doctor to rule out the possibility that you are suffering from any major diseases first, but otherwise you can start doing what I state below.

The result of excess sodium, will help you retain that water in your body to try and help heep you as hydrated as possible, but that doesn’t mean that you’re actually well hydrated. But now that you know that excessive sodium (salt) intake is one of the main causes of storing excess water in the body, you also now know that you should regulate your consumption of naturally salty or salt enhanced foods, right? So that’s your first easy fix, get used to foods with less added salt.

But excessive sodium intake though is not the only cause of this common problem. Living a sedentary lifestyle can also cause the body to retain fluid. This is another reason for couch potatoes out there should put on their trainers and start moving their bodies. One of the benefits of exercise is the improvement of circulation. If you have poor blood circulation, there is a tendency that blood and other fluids in your body will pool in your extremities such as the legs, arms and belly. Hmm… now that sounds grouse. Move more, it’s logical, and you do not need to sign up for a gym membership to walk on a treadmill like so many do. Brisk walking done at least three times a week can do the trick.

Another trick believe it or not, it to drink more water. Drinking more water each day will help flush out excess sodium and stored water. So if you’re not drinking at least your 2 litres of water a day then be prepared to store the little water that you are consuming. Watch my videos Hyrdration for Fat Loss if you need more reasons to drink more water.

If you want a quick way of hopefully reducing your for water retention, then get started with the three tips above – reduce your salt, move more and drink more water. There is no doubt that excess water in the body can add weight and it’s usually ugly gigly weight. Some people think that they are just fat but the truth is they could actually also be suffering from this common condition of excess water in the body. Start using these body water retention remedies above to for your general health too.


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