Everybody experiences bloating and swelling of some sort every once in a while, but water retention can be a serious condition. However, water retention causes are well-known and, most of the time, the condition can often be fixed by changing a few lifestyle factors.

Water retention occurs when excess fluids build up inside the body. It is also known as fluid retention or edema.

Although edema can affect any part of your body, it’s most commonly noticed in the hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs.

The 6 Main Causes:

1. Too much salt/sodium

Eating too much salt makes this problem. To reduce it, use Himalayan or celtic salt and never table salt. Despite opinions, salt is not the only one with sodium. Other sources are veggies of cans, condiments and processed food.

2. Mg deficit

If you have this deficit, you have edema too. This mineral is vital for many processes and lack of this makes imbalance and edema. Studies shown that to have healthy Mg levels you need 200 mg Mg daily at least. Have supplements or Mg foods like avocado, nuts, grains, dark green veggies, yoghurt, spinach, chocolate, dry fruits.

3. Potassium deficit

This mineral is also helping for edema. Less sodium foods and more potassium ones. The potassium deficit makes spasms and cramps of muscles and strange weight gain. Potassium lowers sodium effects and stops water retention. Eat more rockmelon, honey melon and watermelon

4. Vitamin B6 deficit

This is vital for water balance and avoiding edema. Studies said more of this vitamin helps women to cure PMS edema. Have chicken, lean beef, turkey, potato, tuna, banana, dry fruits, pistachios, sunflower seeds

5. Dehydration

This is made from lack of water and if you lack water get at least 8 glasses per day. If you dislike this, have potassium juices. Also avoid packed juices and coffee.

6, Too much processed food

They are loaded with sugar, sodium and additives. All these make imbalance in sugar and are toxic too for the liver and kidneys. Stop them!

Also not just diet changes but some herbs help too. These remove edema the best:

Corn silk, Fennel, Dandelion, Hibiscus, Garlic, Horsetail, Parsley, Nettle