28. Destress your life
What happens to your body when you get stressed out? This is not just referring to short-term stress. Instead, we are talking about prolonged periods of stress. Sure, your immune system starts to break down, your hair might start falling out, and you will slowly notice that your sleep pattern has gone to hell in a handbasket.
But, why does all of this happen? Is it just your mind ruining your life or is there something else going on? The culprit that you are looking for is cortisol. When you are under prolonged periods of stress, your body responds by increasing the amount of circulating cortisol. This hormone has many effects, one of those being an increase in bodily water retention.
29. Balance your electrolytes
When people talk about fluid balance, what exactly do they mean? Are they merely carrying on about the amount of water that you are drinking or are they talking about the actual balance of fluids that exists both in and out of your cells? Unsurprisingly, they are talking about the latter. Fluid balance is not just about water intake. It is also about the consumption of electrolytes that work to maintain the balance of fluids in the body.
The balance between electrolytes and water is very delicate, and if not kept in check then a person will certainly suffer from either excessive water retention or dehydration. There is not, however, a one size fits all solution when it comes to water and electrolyte intake. Instead, it all depends on the individual. If you are drinking a lot of water, then you need to make sure that you are getting enough electrolytes. If you are not drinking enough water, then your electrolyte intake needs to match this if you are to avoid excessive water retention.
30. Drink enough water
When the topic is how one can avoid retaining water, it might seem like a wild notion to ask them if they are drinking enough water. Surely if your body is holding too much water, then you should lay off drinking the same thing that is causing the problem? Not only is this thinking wrong, but it could be damaging to your health.
The reason for this is that your body is a lot smarter than you think it is and it is working day and night to stay alive. When it comes to water, if you are consistently not drinking enough water then your body will respond by holding onto the water that it has. It knows that it cannot survive without water, so it will be damned if it is going to let go of the precious fluid that comes trickling through the digestive tract.