You’re not fat, you’re retaining water!


An unexplained rapid weight gain can be caused by water retention or generalized edema which causes inflammation throughout the body. Water retention can be accused of premenstrual syndrome, menopause, pregnancy, and high salt consumption, use of contraceptives or serious diseases, such as liver, heart, lung, kidney or thyroid.

Water retention is usually caused by dehydration, believe it or not.

If you feel bloated and your pants confirm that your weight has experienced an increase, but you know that there were no changes in your diet or lifestyle, water retention could be the cause. And although it seems less credible, water retention can be caused by an unhealthy habit many of us have – inadequate or insufficient intake of water.

Dehydration (which is already installed when the feeling of thirst exists) forces your body to go into “survival mode”, in other words to retain water because it is not hydrated enough and feels the need to make provisions. Proper water consumption restores the hydration of the body and releases water retained in the tissues.

Also, increased water consumption helps to remove excess salt from the body, which is another cause of water retention.  It would be best to reduce salt intake, drinking more water every day, and making sure your body’s daily requirement of potassium are taken care of. Potassium stabilizes the body fluids and sodium-potassium imbalance is one of the main causes of water retention.

Other minerals and vitamins essential for getting rid of water retention are: magnesium (it is a natural diuretic which decreases water retention, especially in premenstrual period), Calcium and vitamin B6 (effective against water retention, and the bloating) and vitamin C.

Here are 3 of the most efficient natural diuretics:

  • Parsley, rich in vitamin C, which you can eat as such, in salads or as a tea;
  • Green tea contains the highest concentration of antioxidants available in nature and has a diuretic effect because it contains caffeine;
  • Dandelion tea, a natural remedy for digestive problems, inflammation, or fever (make sure you’re not allergic to it before you use it)


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