Sometimes the body retains water and this condition is known as water retention (edema). Everyone needs to drink plenty of water every day, because lack of water can cause you to develop water retention. There are different reasons why the body may retain water, such as having a medical condition like kidney disease, consuming too much sodium, taking certain medications and sitting in one spot for extended periods of time. Water retention is treatable and curable, but it is important to visit your doctor, in order to determine what is actually causing the water retention in your body.
Speak with your doctor about water retention. Your doctor can suggest some ways in which you can cure water retention and help you select an appropriate treatment option.
Discuss the various treatment options with your doctor. Depending on your health status, your doctor may prescribe you fluid pills (water pills) to help cure the water retention in your body. If you have a medical condition such as cognitive heart failure or thyroid, kidney or liver disease, your doctor may prescribe additional medications or suggest alternative treatment options to help treat the illness. Your doctor may also adjust your diet, make changes to your current medications, create an exercising plan for you to follow and encourage you to increase your water intake.
Follow your doctor’s instructions. Be sure to take all medications and fluid pills as instructed by your doctor. You should also get regular check-ups and contact your doctor if you have additional questions, concerns or problems with water retention.
Drink plenty of water. Try drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water each day and avoid drinking too much soda or juices. Your body needs water in order to flush out toxins and to keep your organs working properly. Drinking plenty of water also reduces your chance of experiencing water retention.
Reduce your sodium intake. Too much sodium (salt) can cause water retention, so be sure to reduce the amount of salt you are putting in your body.
Eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis. You should strive to eat well-balanced and nutritional meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Be sure to eat healthy snacks too, such as fruits and low-fat yogurt and exercise at least 4 to 5 times a week (for 30 to 45 minutes a day).