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ANARIE Posts: 13,205
5/8/13 1:16 P

Talk to your doctor, but for most people, there's no reason even to try to avoid water retention. It's just the way the body works. It's kind of like asking, "How can I avoid sneezing when I smell pepper?"

A good way to avoid seeing your weight fluctuate is... Don't look! If you know you ate something high in sodium and that normally makes your weight go up, just don't weigh yourself for a few days. If you always gain weight a week before your period, go ahead and weigh, but compare that weight to the week before your last period, not to your weight yesterday or last week. Since water weight is meaningless, don't let it mean anything to you.

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5/8/13 8:25 A

Your body isn't a toilet, and it can't be flushed. Crazy cleanses aside, there is nothing you can do that will "flush" the water out of your body. You need to reduce the sodium, and wait it out. Unfortunately, it's frustrating, but when you overdose on something not good for your body, you can't "fix" it, you have to wait for the effects to subside on their own.

Lemon water concoctions taste good, but are not going to boost kidney function, in spite of claims to the contrary. There is absolutely no reliable evidence of any kind that drinking or eating any kind of food or drink removes "toxins" or excess water from your body.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,330
5/8/13 8:05 A

short of not eating high sodium meals in the first place, there isn't much you can do about eating them and retaining water. there isn't really much you can do about hormonal water retention as well. keep in mind that water retention isn't around to vex you, it's around because it's how your body works. a huge portion of your body is water. so when it comes to making repairs on your body after things like exercise, your body uses water. in order to have enough water on hand to complete the repair, you retain water. your body also needs a certain level of certain salts in your body. when you eat too much salt your body retains more water to keep the salt level stable. keeping your diet and exercise regimen as steady as possible will help reduce the fluctuations, but ultimately your body is going to vary by about 5lbs per day, everyday. everyone's does. it's why weighing yourself in the morning, first thing, after going to the bathroom and before you ingest anything is the only time you should be weighing. and you should be looking at a few weeks of weigh ins, to determine where you are.
if you really are noticeably puffing up for a week [not just to you, to other people], it may be time to check in with your doctor to make sure you're not having a medical issue that is compounding this.

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5/8/13 6:50 A

I think certain fruits/veggies help reduce water retention - oranges, cucumber, anything high in water content. This article has some good suggestions:

Also, it's probably obvious, but try to lay low on sodium for the next few days and make sure you exercise!

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5/8/13 1:10 A


5/8/13 12:59 A

Lukewarm water with lemon juice. 8 oz water, 2 tbls lemon juice, down it all at once, don't just sip on it. Then keep drinking your regular water. May have to do this more than once but not too often.
The combination gets the kidneys working better and should flush it out of your system.

ELENGIL Posts: 957
5/8/13 12:47 A

Keep it from happening? Uh... don't eat high-sodium meals?

I think it's just a matter of letting your body work it out of your system. You might try light exercises like yoga? No idea if that would help, but it seems like it might improve circulation or... something. eh, can't hurt, anyway.

Edited by: ELENGIL at: 5/8/2013 (00:49)
CFULLINGTONEGLI SparkPoints: (2,210)
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5/7/13 11:16 P

I have a similar problem. I purposely eat a low sodium diet but I still have a problem with bloating. I wish I knew what to do to eliminate it. emoticon

PEACHEZ73 Posts: 25
5/7/13 11:06 P

When a high sodium meal is eaten, or when mother nature and your hormones go into overdrive I seem I gain 3-5 lbs in water weight. Any suggestions for helping relieve this or keep it from happening? I've tried diurex and drinking lots of water, to help flush the system. But nothing I do seems to work. I go for almost a whole week feeling puffy with fat fingers and ankles. Any suggestions?

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