This is not just another video about fluid retention, it is «THE VIDEO» about this matter. I’m going to tell you why your feet swell or you wake up with a swollen face. Why do you have those marks on your legs when the stocking squeezes you? Or why doesn’t the ring fit more on your finger? What is the health problem that hides behind this? And, above all, how to solve it? But let me warn you two things first, there is good news, in the vast majority of cases, edema and fluid retention are due to a temporary problem and has a solution. They can occur at any age and in 90% of cases, it does not mean that we have something serious. On the other hand, there are diseases that can manifest themselves in this way, and you must recognize them as soon as possible to be able to stop them in time.
Why does your body retain fluids?
In the vast majority of cases, this occurs for two main reasons. First, you may have a circulation problem, such as varicose veins, venous insufficiency, thrombosis, or a problem in the lymphatic vessels. On the other hand, you may have a problem outside your blood vessels, such as kidney failure, heart problems, advanced liver problems, or hormonal changes such as hypothyroidism. However, it’s important to note that many times your body swells and retains liquids simply due to immobility, sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical exercise, consuming a lot of salt, or drinking too little water.
Being overweight or wearing very tight clothing, especially around the groin or waist, can also contribute to fluid retention. Additionally, certain medications or remedies you are taking may cause fluid retention as a side effect.
What are the symptoms? How to recognize this problem?
Sometimes you may notice that your feet, hands, face, or eyelids are swollen, but this is not always obvious. Other symptoms of fluid retention include numbness or tingling in the extremities, hands, or feet, itching in these areas, formation of wounds, alterations in skin color, cramps, pain, or stiffness in the joints.
Weight gain can also be a symptom of fluid retention. It’s important to differentiate between weight gain due to fluid retention and obesity. If you notice a significant weight gain throughout the day or over a few days, it is likely due to fluid retention rather than overeating.
Another subtle symptom to pay attention to is the presence of marks left on your legs by tight stockings or shoes. If you have difficulty putting on or taking off your shoes, experience foot pain when walking, or struggle to remove or put on your watch or ring, these can all be signs of fluid retention.
It’s important to note that fluid retention can occur in localized areas, such as the legs and feet, or in a generalized manner, affecting other parts of the body simultaneously. The specific location of the fluid retention can provide clues about the underlying health problem.
Swollen legs and feet
If you have never experienced leg swelling before and suddenly, from one day to the next, one or both legs swell, you should be cautious and consider the possibility of thrombosis or an infection. This is especially true if the swelling is accompanied by local pain.
If you have had leg swelling for a long time, it may be due to varicose veins or venous insufficiency. These conditions occur when the valves inside the veins of the legs do not work properly, leading to blood stagnation and fluid retention. While the dilated veins may not always be visible, other symptoms such as heavy legs, calf pain, and the ability to leave marks on the skin when squeezed may indicate the presence of varicose veins or venous insufficiency.
Fluid retention in the legs can also be a result of kidney failure or protein loss in the urine. In these cases, swelling may also occur in the face, especially the eyelids, upon waking up. Edema is generalized, and localized symptoms may also be present.
Heart problems can also cause generalized edema, with swelling occurring not only in the legs and feet but also in other areas of the body. Symptoms may worsen throughout the day, particularly in the evening and at bedtime, and shortness of breath may be experienced. Sleeping with multiple pillows becomes necessary to alleviate discomfort.
Chronic liver problems can lead to fluid retention, often manifesting as swelling in the legs and an increase in belly size due to ascites, the accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity between the viscera.
It is important not to ignore warning signs such as sudden swelling, edema in only one part of the body, generalized edema, severe pain, fever, or redness of the affected area. These symptoms may indicate the presence of an underlying health problem that requires medical attention.
Tips, foods, and exercises for fluid retention
Regardless of the cause of fluid retention, there are lifestyle changes, exercises, and dietary choices that can help improve circulation and reduce fluid retention in the legs.
One important tip is to avoid prolonged standing or sitting. If it’s unavoidable, try to flex and extend your calves periodically to activate the muscular pump and enhance blood flow. Avoid sitting with crossed legs, as this can compress the veins; instead, elevate your legs whenever possible to promote postural drainage.
Tight clothing, especially around the waist and groin area, should be avoided as it can hinder venous return by compressing the veins. Excessive sodium consumption, often found in processed and canned foods, should also be reduced. Instead of salt, try using other seasonings such as mustard powder, turmeric, pepper, or oregano to flavor your meals.
Contrary to common belief, reducing water intake does not cure fluid retention and can even worsen the condition. It is important to stay hydrated, as water helps eliminate excess salt and prevents dehydration. The amount of water you should drink depends on the underlying health problem causing the fluid retention.
Engaging in physical activity and maintaining an active lifestyle is crucial for improving circulation. Walking daily, losing weight (if necessary), and doing exercises that promote overall health and cardiovascular function can help alleviate fluid retention.
In cases where lifestyle modifications are insufficient, wearing elastic stockings during the day can help enhance vein function and reduce fluid retention.
While there are diuretic medications available to treat fluid retention, it is essential to consult a healthcare professional and avoid self-medication. Diuretics should only be used under medical supervision, as misuse can lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and other serious complications.
Certain foods and drinks can have a diuretic effect or contain nutrients beneficial for circulation. Green tea, caffeinated coffee, hibiscus tea, pineapple, watermelon, cucumber, garlic, green leafy vegetables, celery, banana, nuts, and avocado are examples of foods that can support fluid balance and circulation. Incorporating these into your daily routine, along with other healthy habits, can aid in managing fluid retention. It is crucial to consult a medical professional to determine the underlying cause of the fluid retention and receive appropriate treatment.
In conclusion, understanding the causes and symptoms of fluid retention is essential for identifying any underlying health problems. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience sudden or severe swelling, localized or general edema, unusual pain, fever, or other concerning symptoms. Lifestyle modifications, exercises to improve circulation, and dietary choices can help alleviate fluid retention and improve overall health. Remember to always consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment options.