A lot of people suffer from water retention. It is often a sign of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) in case of women, but can also occur as a result of diet, illness or medication. There are various products on the market that help combat the signs of edema (the medical term for water retention), which really help alleviate the symptoms.
However, a lot of people find that they suddenly start to suffer from water retention when traveling. There is a good reason for this: when we sit down or stand up for an extended period of time, the water in our bodies starts to pool in our extremities, which is where edema is most noticeable. In fact, sitting and standing are the biggest causes of water retention. Hence, we start to have swollen feet, ankles, toes, hands, wrists and fingers. If this occurs, solving the problem can be a bit more difficult, as you may not have a pharmacy or grocery store nearby where you can get diuretics, the medication generally used to treat edema.
Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do naturally to help stop water retention, or at least solve it when it occurs.
Before and During Your Travels
The key to making sure you don’t start to retain water is to drink plenty of water. It is best to have about 10 glasses of water a day, more if you are traveling in a country where it is particularly hot or where there is a lot of humidity. This will help you flush out water from your system as well. If you feel you need to go to the toilet, you should always go as soon as possible. This way, your kidneys will remain clean and they will be better able to deal with your regular bodily processes.
If you know you are prone to edema, make sure you wear pressure stockings when you travel. They may not be pretty, but they are very good at preventing edema. They can also help to prevent deep vein thrombosis.
After Your Travels
If you have been traveling and you notice that you are retaining water, you need to make sure that the swelling goes down as soon as possible. After all, edema is not just uncomfortable, it is also unsightly. Vitamin B and iron are the key vitamins and minerals that you need in order to reduce water retention. Hence, tuck into some nice green vegetables, such as spinach or kale and eat lots of whole grains. You also want to make sure you eat some fresh fruits, as these are high in antioxidants and they will make sure you get rid of toxins and pollutants in your kidneys.
Whilst you are eating your lovely, healthy snacks, sit down somewhere and put your feet up a height, particularly if your edema is most noted in your feet. If it is in your hands, make sure you lift your hands. This is all about giving gravity a helping hand and ensuring the water in your body gets redistributed to where it needs to be.
Always carry some yarrow tea with you as well. You can turn this into a cold compress and apply it to the affected areas. Yarrow tea is excellent at drawing out excess fluids, and you will feel almost instant relief.
These are the best water retention remedies. You may also want to take calcium and magnesium if you know you are going to be traveling.