What is a fluid build up?
Water retention is when the body holds on to excess fluid and causes a build-up within the body. A build-up of fluid causes swelling that can become extremely uncomfortable for the afflicted. The human body is roughly made up of 60% water and plays a vital role in body functioning. With all this water running through the body, it’s no surprise that build-ups can occur.
What cases water retention?
There are lots of factors which can cause swelling, so it is always worth investigating the underlying cause. Swelling is not always serious, but it can be a warning sign of underlying health conditions. Some causes of swelling include standing or sitting in the same position for too long, excessive sugar and salt in the diet, injury, allergies, hormones, medication, infection, and disease.
The reason why it’s so important to find the cause of water retention is that it could be due to:
- Kidney, liver, or lung disease
- Heart failure
- Thyroid disease
What are the symptoms?
Some of the symptoms of fluid retention can include swelling in parts of the body, unexplained weight fluctuations, and stiff joints. Sometimes it is easy to understand why your body is holding on to excess water, such as during allergy season or after a particularly salty meal. If you notice any other symptoms such as severe tiredness, pain, shortness of breath, warmth, or redness then its best to consult a doctor straight away.
What can I do to prevent water retention?
Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to water retention.
Some natural ways to improve your health and reduce water retention include:
- Aerobic exercise (at least 30 minutes a day)
- Hydration (6-8 glasses of water)
- Minerals and vitamins (especially vitamin b6, magnesium and potassium)
- Massage therapy (Manual Lymphatic Drainage)
Manual lymphatic drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage massage can drain away any excess fluid in the body and reduce swelling. It is not only a great cure for clients that suffer from swelling, but it is also a great prevention. Regular lymphatic drainage massage will aid lymph fluid to move freely and prevent build ups from occurring. The gentle circular massage movements stimulate the vessels under the skin and increases blood circulation. More clients are including manual lymphatic drainage treatments into their health and well-being routines and for good reason. Lymphatic drainage massage has also been known to treat acne, prevent migraines, reduce stress, and improve digestive issues.
If you’re interested in our manual lymphatic drainage treatment, you can book in with us in Wakefield or Leeds today.