water retention

India
June 18, 2012 11:45am CST
fed up of water retention in the body says the doc.. now if one starts having less water, it may cause dehydration and even stones what to do??
4 responses
@peavey (16866)
• United States
18 Jun 12
The idea is to drink a lot of water and let it pass through your body. When your body retains water, it could be due to several reasons, one of which is dehydration! When we don't have enough water in our systems, our bodies horde it. Another reason we retain water is that we eat too much salt in comparison to potassium. One other reason that I know about is when the kidneys are not performing well. Other health situations cause it, too. If you're otherwise healthy, cut back on salt, eat foods that are mildly diuretic (dandelion, celery, parsley and asparagus are some). Drink a good amount of water when you eat these things. Water flushes minerals out of your body that cause stones and it can also flush out minerals that you need, so don't overdo it, either. Try for about half as much in ounces as you weigh in pounds.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
18 Jun 12
Very good reply/advice. I have a heart condition that causes fluid retention. The only things that have helped me are drinking over 60 oz of water plus other fluids a day, eating under 2400 mg of salt daily and one of my blood pressure pills has a diuretic in it. If you lower your salt consumption and up water, you should notice a difference. Good luck.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
19 Jun 12
Thank you. Yes, lowering salt and/or upping potassium to balance it will help. Unless there's medical reason for limiting water(like being on kidney dialysis) drinking enough water will help most situations.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
14 Jul 12
The more water you drink, the more water you flush. Your body will retain water when it is worried about not having enough, so it saves it. Just as, if a person doesn't eat enough, the body will store more fat, to make sure that it has some energy source to run on.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
18 Jun 12
Drinking water helps flush out the extra water that the body retains. If the water retention gets too severe, medication may have to be taken to help get rid of it. Eating salt and salty foods/drinks will cause retention in some people. I think stones are formed from not enough water and there are certain foods and medications which may cause stones. A diet for gout maintenance and/or stone prevention will help prevent both. Look it up.
• United States
18 Jun 12
I don't drink enough water and I really should change that. I never knew you could get stones from it. I drink ice tea more than anything.