Feel waterlogged?

Gynaecologist Dr Suman Bijlani tells you how to battle the bloating caused by water retention

Mumbai Mirror

Posted On Friday, August 06, 2010 at 02:09:01 AM

Why is it that on some days, you wake up with bags under your eyes? Or your ankles look swollen towards night? On other days you feel bloated all over without any apparent reason. Blame these and other symptoms on something as basic and necessary as water levels in your body.

What is water retention?

As is well-known, 70 per cent of our body weight is water which is needed for all metabolic processes. Water is present in each and every cell of the body (intracellular) as well as outside the cells (extracellular).  Water retention or ‘Oedema’ is a condition in which water leaks from the blood vessels into the tissues. The body’s metabolism is heavily influenced by hormones.

Women experience more of bloating or Oedema due to fluctuations in hormones throughout their reproductive lives. Warning signs of disease

At an extreme level, Oedema can signal disease such as heart problems, liver disease, kidney disease, nutritional deficiencies and hypothyroidism. Watch out for these warning signals:

Breathlessness on exertion or at rest

Feeling lethargic and weak

Passing less urine

Puffiness of face

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.