How to deal with bloating due to water weight gain?
Have you ever woken up in the morning, stepped on the scale and found that you have gained 5 pounds? Can you eat enough in one day and gain that much weight overnight? Probably not. The most likely reason for such a large jump in the numbers is water retention.
Water retention is common in pregnant women, those on medication, and those who are inactive. Water retention results in swelling and weight gain. Fortunately, researchers know the causes of water retention and have some tips on how to eliminate water weight gain with a few changes in daily life.
That cause is too much sodium.
Eating foods high in salt is a major cause of water retention, especially if you don’t drink enough water to flush out the salt. Too much salt causes the body to retain water to maintain its natural balance. A diet high in sodium causes water cells to expand 20-fold.
Solution: Reduce intake of processed foods.
An easy solution is to replace processed foods with natural foods. Boxed pasta, soups, and canned vegetables are also high in sodium. Choose fresh or frozen vegetables and low-sodium soups and sauces.
Also consider replacing conventional table salt with Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan salt. These are said to help reduce edema.
Your body wants to live. If you don’t drink enough water, your body resists trying to get the fluids it needs to stay alive. Hollywood’s version of dehydration is quite dramatic, but according to the Chicago Tribune, most people do not drink enough water.
The remedy. Drink more water.
Drinking at least eight glasses, or 8 ounces (240 ml), of water a day is necessary to keep your body functioning properly. Other health experts believe you should drink half your body weight in water. If drinking water is difficult, try to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet (water counts toward your daily goal).
Causes Magnesium Deficiency
Water retention is a symptom of a lack of magnesium in the body. Your body uses magnesium in almost every process. When magnesium is deficient, your body functions poorly and cannot retain water.
Remedies Eat foods high in magnesium.
Add foods such as avocados, nuts, whole grains, spinach, yogurt, and dark-colored vegetables to your diet. These foods are high in magnesium and have many other health benefits.
Water retention can affect the number on the scale, but it is also a sign that other lifestyle changes need to be made. Drinking lots of water can affect your weight, sleep quality, and energy levels. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water will help keep your body functioning properly so that you don’t have to retain excess water. Aim for at least 8 glasses per day.