On average, 70% of body weight is comprised of water. But there are conditions that lead to retention of excessive fluids causing edema, a swelling caused by excessive accumulation of watery fluid in the body. While it is a common symptom of diseases like filariasis, kidney malfunction, heart disease, nephrotic syndrome and pregnancy, cirrhosis of the liver remains one of the most serious underlying causes of edema. It may actually surprise many that accumulation of fluid in the body can also be caused due to an unbalanced diet.
Inadequacy or excess of the following may lead to edema:
- Amino acids or B-Vitamins
Some people have a higher tendency of developing edema. In most cases where the edema has not been caused due to an underlying disease, the condition is harmless. However, one can well imagine how it would feel to move around with extra weight tied to the body.
The most common treatment for accumulation of fluid in the body is the use of diuretics. A diuretic is any substance that promotes flow of urine and causes the body to get rid of excess fluid. Indiscriminate use of diuretics can lead to dehydration and potassium deficiency. There are many natural foods and herbs that offer a safer alternative.
Among others, apple cider vinegar, celery seed, dandelion, green tea, parsley and nettle taken in moderation are effective diuretics. Plant products rich in water content like asparagus, artichokes, tomatoes, lettuce and watermelon actually help in eliminating excess water from the body. These also aid metabolism. Beverages like coffee and tea also have a diuretic effect, although there is a suggestion of a link between coffee and weight gain.
Water retention is among the many causes of weight gain. Prepare an eating plan to reduce edema and achieve healthy weight loss. Avoid foods that are either too salty or too sweet, and drink lots of water and herbal teas with a balanced diet that has recommended proportions of carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fiber.
Deep down, there is no big difference between diets meant for losing water weight and healthy weight loss plans. A little bit of adjustment that involves the choice of natural foods that aid in increasing flow of urine and consequently help you to lose weight gained by water retention may be all that is necessary.