Sensation of swelling, muscle pain, joint pain, the impression of always gaining weight: these are the symptoms that never disappoint. You are indeed retaining water. The latter is a benign situation, but it can, nevertheless, affect the quality of life. So how do you get rid of water retention? Here are some tips that might help you.
Pay attention to your diet
To get rid of water retention, you must, in the first place, pay attention to your diet. In this sense, you will have to think about reducing your salt intake. Indeed, salt is one of the first sources of water retention. So avoid foods that are too high in salt as well as canned products.
Besides that, always stay well hydrated during the day. Any liquid intake is welcome (water, herbal tea, soup, fruit juice, etc.) except alcohol. But still, to ensure that your body effectively reabsorbs water, you must consume a good amount of protein (egg, nuts, almonds, cereals, etc.). Finally, choose foods with draining properties such as pineapple, grapefruit, celery and endives.
Regularly engage in physical activity
Venous insufficiency can be one of the causes of fluid retention. Therefore, to avoid the promotion of water retention, it is important to fight against this venous insufficiency. To do this, practicing regular physical activity remains the best solution. The more you move, the more you will activate your lymphatic circuit and the more water your body will eliminate.
As a physical activity, you can go to the gym and do some weight training and cardio exercises. However, you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym. You can very well do 30 minutes of walking, do home squats, and any other exercise that would work your whole body. In the gym or elsewhere, the goal remains the same: to sweat as much as possible.
Massage: to get rid of water retention
Massage against water retention is also called lymphatic drainage. It consists, in particular, of stimulating the circulation of lymph. The objective of lymphatic drainage is therefore to eliminate excess fluid in our tissues. In short, this kind of massage is very effective in the event of water retention. Moreover, some institutes even offer draining massages.
In order to relieve water retention, you can therefore have a massage or self-massage. Use a draining cream for this. Then make circular movements in the affected area. If the water retention is most noticeable in the leg area, take a fold of the skin on the leg and roll it up and down, mimicking the motion of the waves.