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Treatments for water (fluid) retention
Treatment for water retention depends on several factors, including whether it is being caused by leaky capillary walls. If it is, then it is not generally possible to prescribe diuretics, because they may do more harm than good. Diuretics are more likely to be used if the water retention is caused by something else, such as heart or kidney disease.
In this case the tissues are retaining both water and protein. Diuretics would cause the kidneys to remove fluid faster from blood while protein in the tissue spaces would be drawing fluid from blood into tissues - resulting in dehydration of the blood. Eventually the diuretics can actually aggravate water retention.
The doctor should treat the cause of the leaky capillaries. As they are often linked to a protein problem, remedies should be given which help to break up the protein which has leaked into the tissue space.
It is often difficult for a doctor to distinguish between leaky capillaries and non-leaky capillaries water retention.
The Waterfall Diet
The aim of the Waterfall Diet is to release water retention through urination. It does not work by stimulating the kidneys. The diet is high in flavonoids and some other nutrients which accelerate the repair of leaky capillaries.
The Waterfall Diet also helps the user identify any foods which the body is not digesting properly, resulting in higher histamine release. Celery and parsley, as well as other coumarin-rich foods are key for this diet - coumarin helps macrophages (type of white blood cells) break up proteins which have leaked into the tissue space.
Reducing water retention symptoms
The following self-help ideas may reduce the symptoms of water retention:
- Cut down on your salt consumption.
- If are overweight, look to lose weight.
- Do regular exercise.
- Raise the legs several times per day to improve circulation.
- Wear supporting stockings if the water retention occurs in your lower limbs.
- Try not to sit/stand still for too long.
- Get up and walk about regularly when travelling by car, train, boat or plane.
- Avoid extremes of temperature, such as hot baths, showers, and saunas. Dress warmly if it is cold.
- Massage - if the affected area is stroked firmly in the direction of the heart it may help move the fluid. It is important that the hand movements do not cause pain. A qualified masseuse or physical therapist will know how to do this more effectively.