If there isn't a medical reason for it, fluid retention may be due to bad eating habits and lifestyle. What can we do to prevent it?
- Reduce your use of salt. Get used to seasoning your food with herbs and spices.
- Avoid highly processed and/or foods high in sodium: soy sauce, ketchup, tinned foods, pickles, ready-made food, French fries, sausages, cheese, smoked foods, pâtés...
- Increase your daily consumption of food rich in potassium like fruit, leafy veg and legumes. They should form the basis of your diet.
- Maintain a healthy body weight as excess body fat makes it difficult for the body to store water properly.
- Hydrate yourself with water only. Drink whenever you are thirsty, but avoid alcoholic or sugary beverages because they will make you dehydrated (beer, wine, juice, soft drinks...). A good option is to make a bottle of water flavoured with pieces of fruit, herbs or spices like mint, star anise, cloves or cinnamon sticks.
- Stay active. A sedentary lifestyle is one of the main causes of fluid retention. Get moving! Avoid sitting for more than two hours without getting up.
- Rest. Make sure you get enough hours of good quality sleep.
Try these tips and we guarantee that you’ll soon see a change. And if you need help, consult a qualified professional.