Blog - Dealing with Water Retention

By The Haven Team: 02 Jun 2015

Many people don’t realise that they have water retention! At the end of the day, if you feel your legs or feet are swollen and you can’t get your ring off your finger, chances are you have some water retention. There may also be mild swelling of the hands, abdomen, breasts and face.

Reasons for Retaining Water

  1. You may be consuming more salt than your body needs.
  2. You may be dehydrated. It may sound contradictory, but when you are dehydrated, your intelligent body goes into survival mode and retains water “in fear of drought”.

Resolving Water Retention

  1. Reduce/eliminate salty foods and processed foods that usually are loaded with “hidden sodium”.
  2. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Around 1 - 1 1/2 liters is a good amount. (More if you drink coffee).
  3. Eat foods that are rich in potassium: dark leafy greens, potatoes, squash, yogurt, fish, avocados, mushrooms, and bananas. Increase your intake during difficult periods by juicing greens or making delicious green smoothies. Sweeten with apple or banana for a delicious and nutritious snack.
  4. Celery: Unlike processed/table salt, organic sodium from celery is an excellent food that helps reduce water retention.