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Posted by: WATER RETENTION | 2009-10-14

WATER RETENTION

Morning Doc, please can you give me a list of which foods are best not to eat that may make people retain water? Will coffee or tea with milk also add to retaining water?

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Dear Water Retention
Generally speaking water retention is caused by changes in various hormones (e.g. female hormones like oestrogen, or progesterone, and the adrenal hormones excreted by the adrenal glands), an imbalance in your electrolytes (sodium and potassium) and possible inadequate kidney function. From a dietary point of view, restricting your salt of sodium intake should help. This means cutting down on all table salt and salt in cooking and all processed foods that contain lots off salt (snacks, chips, sauces, packet soups, condiments, spices like garlic salt and Aromat, etc). While cutting down on sodium you can boost your potassium intake by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. Don't drink more than 2,5 litres of liquid a day. Some people think that because they are retaining water they are should drink more and more water to wash water out of the system. Instead of removing the retained water, excessive liquid and water intakes will wash even more electrolytes out

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2009-10-14

Dear Water Retention
Generally speaking water retention is caused by changes in various hormones (e.g. female hormones like oestrogen, or progesterone, and the adrenal hormones excreted by the adrenal glands), an imbalance in your electrolytes (sodium and potassium) and possible inadequate kidney function. From a dietary point of view, restricting your salt of sodium intake should help. This means cutting down on all table salt and salt in cooking and all processed foods that contain lots off salt (snacks, chips, sauces, packet soups, condiments, spices like garlic salt and Aromat, etc). While cutting down on sodium you can boost your potassium intake by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. Don't drink more than 2,5 litres of liquid a day. Some people think that because they are retaining water they are should drink more and more water to wash water out of the system. Instead of removing the retained water, excessive liquid and water intakes will wash even more electrolytes out

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