Serious Water Weight Gain
In some cases fluid retention can be caused by other more serious factors like diseases (lung, liver, heart, kidney, arthritis, cancer), or medication side effects. In these cases fluid is not properly removed form tissues and swelling occurs all over the body. In these cases it is very important that you consult a medical doctor who will be able to diagnose and treat the condition.
Water weight gain Symptoms:
- Swelling over the body area like fingers, ankles, feet and hands
- Stiff joints and aching body
- Taking Mass Rapidly
Too much salt in your diet, will make your kidney to hold on water to dilute the salt content in your body. This process is controlled by your kidney. Dehydration also cause water retention for the same reason that your body salt content becomes higher than the water it has. In cases of water retention due to higher salt level in body, the solution is to drink more water and eliminate the salts and restore your body balance. To avoid water weight gain caused by salt, avoid processed foods and control the salt dosage on other foods elements.
A disruption in hormones balance can also trigger weird operations in human body. For women, the menstrual cycle cause some hormone imbalance which can cause water retention. This can last a few days. More serious hormonal imbalance comes with menopause and Andropause.
Water weight gain also depends on your diet content. A diet with too much carbohydrates/starch (rice, flour) can cause water weight gain. This usually starts with insulin imbalance in the body and eventually leads to water retention. Deficiency of protein and B1 vitamins in your diet can also cause fluid retention.
Pregnant women undergo hormone fluctuation which may cause fluid retention.
How to combat fluid retention:
- 1. Control salt/sodium in your diet
- 2. Reduce refined carbohydrates rich foods from your diet
- 3. Do physical activity to boost your metabolism
- 4. Rehydrate adequately by drinking water
- 5. Consume more fruits (banana, avocado, apricot) and vegetables rich in potassium.
- 6. Consume foods which can provide vitamin B5 and B6.
- 7. Take natural diuretic (herbal, cranberry juices)
- 8. Avoid alcoholic drinks, tea and coffee. They are known for their dehydration properties.
- 9. Take calcium , magnesium and potassium based supplements.
- 10. Do proper warm up and cool down before and after physical activities. This help in combating water retention in over-strained muscles area.
Medical Treatment if necessary include the above measures and/or:
- 1. Diuretics
- 2. Treatment of disease causing water retention
- 3. Change of current medication (which may have caused more mass) or its dosage.