Fluid retention is a problem that affects a large part of the population. The human body has three compartments to hold water. The intracellular located on the inside of the cells. The intravascular is located inside the blood vessels.
And the interstitial, which lies between the two, particularly in the tissues surrounding the cells. The problem occurs when there is an imbalance in the membranes that let the liquid from one compartment to another.
This imbalance occurs largely by lifestyle (sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, poor diet, alcohol, excess salt, some types of drugs) is also caused by hormonal problems (pregnancy, menopause, contraceptive use) or in some cases by disease (cirrhosis, hypertension, cancer, etc.)
You can prevent or reduce fluid retention, leading a healthier lifestyle by taking a few simple steps:
- Avoid a sedentary lifestyle; you have to exercise every day, always according to the age and circumstances of each person to avoid overstraining. Running, walking, biking, swimming, climbing stairs and perform aerobic exercise. All exercise helps the expulsion of fluids.
- Stay away from salt and alcohol, adequate food benefits to the body. Foods high in nutrients, vegetables, fruits and high-fiber foods are very beneficial. Besides vegetable infusions diuretics are very effective (Olive leaves, parsley, horsetail, juniper, asparagus, etc..)
- Sleeping properly, the rest is necessary and so advantageous to avoid fluid retention for many other problems, so sleep at least eight hours a day is essential.
- Drink plenty of water; contrary to popular belief, water is not responsible for the retention and drinks plenty of water is very important to resolve the problem.