Fluid Retention and Weight Loss

Fluid retention (oedema) occurs when fluid isn’t removed from the body tissues, including the skin. Causes include the body’s reaction to hot weather, a high salt intake, and the hormones associated with the menstrual cycle. Symptoms include swelling of body parts such as feet, hands and ankles, a feeling of stiffness or aching and weight fluctuations. Drinking plenty of water will actually help your kidneys to flush out excess fluid. Fluid retention may be a sign of disease.

Typical Signs of Fluid Retention

  • Swelling of affected body parts 
  • Feet, ankles and hands are commonly affected 
  • Stiff joints 
  • Rapid weight gain over a few days or weeks 
  • Unexplained weight fluctuations 
  • When pressed, the skin may hold the indent for a few seconds 

Some Common Causes of Fluid Retention

  • Indigestion
  • Gas and Flatulence 
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Gallstones
  • H. Pylori Infection (can lead to ulcers and cancer)
  • Giardiasis – Infection of the small intestine
  • Food Allergies
  • Amebiasis – Parasitic Infection via water contamination 
  • Hiatal Hernia
    Hookworm Infections
  • PMS 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Malabsorption Syndrome
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Gastroparesis
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Fatty Liver
  • Hernia
  • Colic and Crying (in infants and children)


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