Nigel Denby is a Registered Dietitian with a special interest in women's health - menopause, PCOS, PMS, weight management and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Along with Consultant Gastroenterologist Jackie Harvey we ran a Beat the Bloat workshop at the Northampton studio. We will be repeating it!
But for now..I am delighted to be able to offer insights from Nigel on nutrition, I am a movement teacher and leave this area to the experts.
Fluid retention is very common, it’s often a symptom of being dehydrated, having too much salt in your diet. It’s particularly common for women who experience premenstrual fluid retention each month or during pregnancy.
Long term, frequent fluid retention can be a symptom of a heart, liver or kidney disorder. In some cases retaining fluid can also be a result of an inability to absorb protein from the digestive tract so if the problem persists you should check things out with your GP.
As a first step make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluid each day and also eating your five fruit and veg a day to keep your fluid intake up. As a rule of thumb if your urine is any darker than pale straw you should drink more.
You can try some of these ideas with your diet too.
It’s also important to keep physically active to help your body disperse excess fluid so make sure you’re aiming for the 10,000 steps a day on your fit bit or mobile phone step counter.
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