Water retention is defined as the accumulation of water in the body systems such as circulatory system, body tissues, and body cavities.
Seventy-five percent of our body weight is that of water. Water is located in nearly throughout our body. It makes up the cytoplasm, which is the main component of the cell- basic unit of life. While our bodies require water to function properly, our body can hold too much of it too. This excessive buildup of water is called water retention. Water retention makes the body appear abnormally swollen.
Most of the time, water retention for a short time itself does not cause serious health problems. However long-term water retention can cause hazardous effects on human body. Excessive water retention can be an underlying cause of diseases like cirrhosis of the liver, kidney failure, cardiac issues, preeclampsia and premenstrual syndrome.
Here is a list of things which can be the reason that we retain water:
1. Dietary HabitsA significant amount of sodium consumed in a diet can cause body cells to retain water temporarily.Sodium is an essential nutrient for our body, and we need it in small amounts. It can be found in processed foods, dishes, salad dressing, cereals, and in canned soups where its presence might not be felt.
1-The daily sodium intake is about 2,300 milligrams or less per day, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
2-Limitize your salt consumed in a day by using herbs and spices as alternatives. Cumin, ginger, sage, oregano, dill onion, and pepper are all possible choices. Vinegar and lemon juice can be added to enhance the flavor of the dish without the use of the salt.
2. Lack Of ExerciseHaving a sedentary and inactive lifestyle can lead to water retention. Exercise is one the best defense of the body against water retention preventing you from developing swollen ankles and legs.
Recommendation: It is necessary that the blood stays circulating in the body.
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