Use diet and exercise to conquer fluid retention

Yoga guru Pushpa Bakshi.
Yoga guru Pushpa Bakshi. Christopher Chan

WATER retention occurs when too much fluid accumulates in the tissues. This condition is caused when capillaries that supply blood to the tissue become leaky and do not absorb enough blood back to the system.

One of the reasons this occurs is because of kidney malfunction, heart malfunction, lack of exercise or immobility.

Proteins also cause water retention if there is malnutrition.

This is because protein has the ability to carry water and, in the absence of protein in the diet, water retention will happen.

The best way to deal with this immediately is to continue any prescribed treatment and to start exercising.

Yoga exercise is an endurance exercise for improving the circulation, unlike stressful weight training to build muscle mass.

Adding celery or parsley can also help when fluid retention causes a protein build-up in tissues.

Exercising over time allows the reversal of water retention because of strengthening of the circulatory system and the repairing of damaged capillaries.

In addition to yoga exercises let's include the following in your diet.

Green smoothies are a fantastic and convenient way to ensure you ingest vital vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.

Here are my favourite vegetables specifically chosen for their fluid retention and bloating reduction properties:

Coriander is well known for its healing and medicinal qualities.

This naturally sweet herb helps with any form of indigestion or digestive disorder or nausea, and is also an excellent natural diuretic, which makes it fantastic for helping with fluid retention and bloating.

Cucumber is fantastic for alleviating constipation and controlling weight through natural diuretic properties to promoting good bone health through its high vitamin K content.

Spinach is good for us and it makes us strong because it has more nutrients in it per calorie than any other food.

Apart from being packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, it's very low in calories.

Pushpa is a certified yoga teacher. She is also a reiki master and trained in natural healing. Pushpa has travelled the world as a senior leader for life coach and motivational speaker Anthony Robbins. Phone Pushpa on 0450 582 540 or

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