Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water,it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extracellular spaces (outside the cell). This shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands.
Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a threat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returns.
The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs -- plenty of water. Only then will stored water be released.
Is there any formula to use to see how much water I need? Because I drink about 1.6 gallons a day and play basketball, and lift weights and sweat profusely. The thing is, I still retain a ton of water. Do I need to drink more water?
I have a tincture of dandelion that I get from the health food store, it is a great for water retention. I don't use it for that ( I have a funked up stomach after having the gall bladder removed) but, as a side effect I know it is great for water bloat.
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Make sure your potassium levels are in sync with your sodium levels. If sodium is too high, and you don't have enough potassium - you'll retain. High sodium isn't as bad as it is made out to be, so long as potassium is up there as well.
UoBM (University of Brotology - Massachusetts)
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