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