Is Water Retention Something to Worry About?

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Excess fluid retention is a serious symptom and your health care professional should address it immediately. You should treat water retention early before it damages your heart.

Check for these symptoms of water retention (as listed in The Water Fall Diet)

1- Do you have trouble losing weight, no matter how long you try?

2- Press a fingernail firmly into your thumb pad. Does it stay deeply dented for more than a second or two?

3- Press the tip of your finger into the insides of your shin bone. Can your finger make a dent?

4- Do your ankles ever swell up?

5- Does your shoe size seem to increase as you get older?

6- Do your rings sometimes seem not to fit you anymore?

7- Is your tummy often tight and swollen?

8- If you are a woman, do you often suffer from breast tenderness?

9- Does your weight ever fluctuate within several pounds within the space of only 24 hours?

Your problem very well may be water retention.

There are many causes of water retention:

1- Dehydration is the most common cause of water retention. Your body is responding to the emergency of a water shortage. Believe it or not, the best thing you can do early on for water retention is to drink more water. Sip water all day to make sure you have enough readily available water for all your bodily functions all day long. Stop around 5pm so that you can sleep.

2- Hormone issues can cause water retention as well. This can be easily ruled out IF your doctor tests you. If you suspect fluid retention, INSIST that your hormones be tested.

3- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are a very common cause of discomfort and chronic disease. Even if you eat a wide variety of whole foods, you can still suffer from malabsorption. You may have a deficiency and not be aware of it. The seemingly “magical” cure of many chronic ailments using specific nutritional supplementation has been well documented.

4- Food allergies can be the problem. Seek the advice of a professional to properly test for problematic food. This cannot be done with blood testing, only by eliminating all possible allergens in your diet and then reintroducing the foods one by one, can you find YOUR problem.

5- Many sensitive people cannot tolerate chemicalized foods. As well, eating the same foods all the time is likely to cause intolerance. When your body can’t tolerate a food you eat, the result is very uncomfortable gastric disturbance, and eventually inflammation and fluid retention. If your “gut” is not healthy, you can’t absorb any of the life giving nutrients you chew and swallow. Refined sugar is one of the biggest culprits for growing bad bacteria in your gut. You do well to avoid it entirely. Good gut bacteria in the form of probiotics may be helpful, as well as enzymes to aid with digestion bringing your body back to balance. You take in the biggest amount of chemicals and stimulants that overwork your liver and adrenals through your mouth.

6- When you are exposed to chemicals in your living, schooling, or working environment, you may become increasingly irritated, eventually causing inflammation and water retention. Cleaners, and even flooring, upholstery etc, can accumulate to cause real fluid issues for some people.

7- If you do not take in a sufficient amount of calories; your body will retain fluid.

8- If you have lung disease and/or heart disease and do not treat your low oxygen levels, you will see fluid at your ankles when your heart has become oxygen starved, and weakened. Treating your low oxygen levels will actually get rid of water off your ankles. I have seen supplemental oxygen resolve fluid accumulation around the ankles many times.


Please let swollen ankles be a RED FLAG!

If you have water at your ankles, it is very likely that you have water in your lungs.

As a matter of fact, water retention needs to be addressed BEFORE it starts collecting at your ankles.


Every time your body suffers an unmet oxygen need, your body is damaged. You will soon notice problems with your eye sight, short term memory, and the strength of your heart muscle.

You may have an oxygen deficit you don’t know about, but you know that you are always tired.

Ask your Doctor to check your blood oxygen level with a pulse oximeter if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

*water retention (especially feet/ ankles)

*extreme fatigue

*shortness of breath/ difficulty breathing/ dyspnea

*chest tightness

*mental confusion/short- term- memory loss

*tingling fingers

*chronic cough

*blue coloring around lips

(If you wake up at night gasping for breath, TELL YOUR DOCTOR!)

Remember that anything below 92% blood oxygen saturation level warrants treatment with supplemental oxygen, though insurance companies won’t pay until readings fall to 88%

Your body requires more oxygen with physical activity!

You should check your oxygen levels DURING normal daily activity.

write by Gideon

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