How to Lose Water Weight
If you are continuing to have fluid, there are chances that your clothes would feel tighter than before, you might feel inflated and look a bit swollen and weighed down. There are different reasons for retaining fluid; however, people want to know about the most effective and the quickest ways for getting rid of it.
Causes of Water Weight
Water weight is caused when the body continues to have fluid. Mostly it happens at the time when there is a fluid buildup in the tissues of the body or its circulatory system. Some of the ways due to which water weight is caused have been mentioned below:
- Change of pressure inside or in the walls of the capillaries and they become quite leaky; in such a situation the water is supposed to remain in the body tissues and it becomes a cause of swelling.
- In case that there is a lot of fluid in the lymphatic system, the fluid that is in excess would remain in the body tissues; it becomes a cause of the swollen feet, legs, and other body parts.
- At the time of failure of heart, the heart is supposed to work even harder. It is a cause of changing the pressure and this causes the retention of water in different parts of the body.
- Deficiency of proteins in the body
- Insufficiency of Vitamin-B
- At the time of pregnancy
- At the time of the failure of kidney
- Due to lack of exercise
There is almost sixty percent of water in the human body; it plays a very important role in all the aspects of life. But, the retention of excess water in the body is a well-known side effect and caused due to chronic inflammation.
Here are some of the ways that can be helpful for reducing the water weight safely:
Taking exercise is considered to be the best way for reducing water weight in a very short time. It lets you get sweated; it means that you are losing weight. On average, the loss of fluid when you exercise for one-hour lies within the ranges of 16–64 Oz i.e. 0.5–2 liters (each hour). It also depends on some other factors like clothing, temperature, etc. A large amount of water is also shifted into the body muscles while taking exercise. It can also be helpful for reducing the water outside the cell. But still, there is a need for drinking plenty of water when you are in a training session.
Conclusion: Taking exercise on regular basis can be helpful for maintaining a balance in the body fluids naturally and the excess water is sweated out from the body.
Sleeping for more time
Sleeping properly is considered to be as important as your diet and regular exercise. It might also have an impact on the sympathetic renal nerves (found in kidneys); they regulate the balance between water and sodium. Recently a research has shown that while sleeping, a person’s body acts as a plumbing system and it flushes out the toxin out from one’s brain. Proper sleep can also be helpful in controlling the levels of hydration and minimizing the retention of water. A healthy and proper amount of sleep each night is around 7 to 9 hours for most of the individuals.
Conclusion: An adequate night’s sleep can be helpful for managing the body fluid and balance the amount of sodium and thus the result is reduced weight.
A stress or depression for long terms increases the hormone cortisol and it affects the retention of fluid and the water weight directly. It might occur because of the fact that the stress, as well as cortisol, brings an increase in a specific hormone which is responsible for controlling and balancing the water in a human body. This hormone is called the antidiuretic hormone.
This the antidiuretic hormone functions in such a way that it send signals to kidneys and tell them about the quantity of water that is to be pumped back to the body. If the levels of stress are controlled, a normal level of the antidiuretic hormone will easily be maintained. It is important for creating a balance of fluid in the body and to avoid the risk of diseases.
Conclusion: Cortisol level is increased by stress and anxiety. It also increases the antidiuretic hormone; both of these things influence the balance of water in the human body.
The electrolytes are actually some specific minerals that have an electric charge on them; e.g. potassium, magnesium, etc. They play a very important role in the human body that also includes the regulation of water balance in the body. At the time when the level of electrolyte becomes either too high or sometimes too low, this situation can be responsible for causing a shift in balancing the fluid. It can also lead to increase the water weight in the body.
The intake of electrolytes must be tailored to the daily intake of water. If your water intake is large, then you would need greater amounts of electrolytes. If you take exercise on regular basis, or your surrounding atmosphere is hot and humid, then there might be an additional need for the electrolytes in the body for replacing those which are lost during perspiration.
Conclusion: The electrolytes are important for controlling the balance of water in the body and for the hydration of cells. The supplements of electrolytes can also be beneficial in such a situation that you drink an excessive amount of water, exercise regularly and live in a humid and hot place.
Managing the intake of salt
Common salt is a very common source of sodium. This sodium is a very common electrolyte in the body. It plays a vital role in maintaining the hydration levels. If the hydration levels are extremely high or extremely low, it leads to a situation in which an imbalance is created in the body and thus it causes the fluid retention. If the intake of salt is high, it is mostly because of your diet (which can be processed meals); it can also increase the retention of water. It is specifically true when there is a lower intake of water and almost zero exercise. But, it does not seem to be dependent on the current intake of sodium on daily basis of an individual and the levels of blood. A research has shown that the human body might store the excess amount of water in case the regular intake is an increase or changed drastically.
Conclusion: Sodium or common salt plays an important role to balance the amount of fluid in the body. Extreme changes like excessive intake of salt should be avoided.
Taking a Dandelion Supplement
Dandelion is a special type of herb and is useful in the alternative medicine for treating the water retention. In the past years, it also became famous among the athletes, body builders, etc. who needed to drop the water for the purpose of aesthetics or to lose weight. The supplements of Dandelion are considered to be helpful in losing water weight as they signal the kidneys to become ready and expel more quantity of urine as well as the additional salts. The intake of Dandelion increases the urination frequency over a period of five hours. But in spite of it, it is a very well-known use of the herb and its supplements.
Conclusion: Dandelion is a famous herb and is oftentimes used by the athletes for losing water weight.
Drinking More Water:
It is an interesting fact that if you remain hydrated; it actually helps in reducing the water retention. The human body always keeps on trying to get a healthy balance; therefore if you remain dehydrated for a long time, the body tries to retain more amount of water in order to make an attempt for preventing the levels of water from becoming extremely low. If you achieve an optimal intake of water on daily basis, it can also be good for the proper functioning of liver, kidney, etc.; it may also decrease the water retention.
There are lots of other advantages of drinking more water on regular basis. It is very important for your health, for the loss of fats and for the proper functioning of your brain as well. Undoubtedly, it is optimal to achieve a balance. Drinking excess amounts of fluid would definitely increase the water weight. You should drink at the time when you are thirsty and stop drinking after quenching your thirst when you actually feel hydrated enough. During the hot days, more water should be drunk. The color of the urine can also be monitored for assessing the hydration of your body. Its color should be light yellow and it should be fairly clear; it is a good indication of being well-hydrated.
Conclusion: Getting dehydrated or overhydrated are both conditions that can cause water retention. You must make sure to drink water in a balanced amount.
Focusing on some specific Foods
There are some foods that are recommended to increase the production of urine and to help the body drop the excess amount of water; they include the foods that are rich in potassium. Green vegetables, tomatoes, beans, yogurt, bananas, etc. are also healthy as they are rich in potassium. The foods that are rich in magnesium, including nuts and dark chocolate are also recommended.
Garlic, Horsetail, Fennel, Hibiscus, corn silk, nettle, parsley, etc. are oftentimes recommended for dropping the water level; these eatables are used as the alternative medicines as some of the clinical evidence also support their usage.
Conclusion: Several foods, as well as herbs, can be used for reducing the water retention. They should be combined with some other foods that are easily digestible.
Intake of caffeine
Tea or coffee contain a high content of caffeine and caffeine increases the urine output as well as decreases the water weight.
Taking the supplements of magnesium
Changing your habits (what you eat and do regularly)
Considering the water pills as prescribed by the doctor
All these ways have proven to be very helpful in reducing the water retention and to lose water weight. You can try them!