Complaints are the same between some women: they retain fluid and so do not lose weight, swollen hands and legs, an outfit that wears well in the morning is pressed afternoon, not urine enough during the day and so end up taking diuretics. To sum up the story: wrong conclusions and misconduct.

The first lesson of this story is this: our body is endowed with a very fine control system of body water, so the water balance does not change much, nor more nor less. The first sign that something has changed is the seat. It ensures demand for water whenever our water balance is negative and makes us refuse water whenever our hydration is normal.

In addition to this system, our kidneys guarantee the elimination of a more watery and less concentrated urine, when we are well hydrated and a darker and lower volume urine whenever our stock of water is scarce. Finally, yet we eliminate a water volume of about 1 liter for 24 hours through perspiration which is water lost as vapor when we speak, and this further volume on hot days. Not to mention the loss in sweat and water worn by our body in their chemical reactions.

Some diseases can alter and disrupt this seemingly perfect system and cause a real fluid retention, such as kidney failure. Others can cause abnormal movement of body water in their places, so that a greater volume of water flows from the cells and blood vessels invade the extracellular space causing a relative swelling, such as heart failure and chronic diseases liver.

These diseases are easily perceived by patients and diagnosed by doctors. There is no mistaking them with physiological states of fluid retention, which have generally not accompanied by any other symptom, besides the feeling of swelling. They are serious conditions and require specific treatment.

In women, the menstrual cycle should be highlighted in the retention, by the breadth of hormonal fluctuation during the month. We have a hormone called progesterone, responsible for a real and physiological fluid retention, which occurs in the second half of the menstrual cycle, especially in the last week before menstruation. This retention soaks breasts, abdomen and pelvis. If fertilization does occur, there is a sudden loss and hormonal her menstruation, occurs causing the elimination of retained liquids.

Another great myth in relation to fluid retention is swelling that comes in the morning and the claim that the rings do not enter or leave the fingers. What occurs during the night is a redistribution of fluids in the human body. When we remain lying for a long time, it is easier the movement of the liquid to the extremities of the body, especially to the hands. So there is fluid retention during the night, only the migration of liquids, returning to redistribute during the day, when we are standing or sitting, favoring greater accumulation in the lower limbs, especially at the end of the day.

There are very common conditions that lead us to believe that inchamos legs or feel a sense of "heavy legs". This condition is inherited, so that when we look at the child's legs, we know how are the legs of his mother or women of the paternal family, depending on the affected family branch. The problem appears in women typically thicker legs, where cellulite is the rule, and this condition falsely classified as fluid retention. Indeed, such detention also does not occur in these cases. The problem is related to circulatory disorders of the legs, with great predisposition to varicose veins and irregular deposit of fat, cellulite with sharp features.

To complicate the picture of these patients, they have an obesity legs, certainly the most difficult form of obesity for treatment. Generally, these patients lose weight very slowly, do not respond to calls lymphatic drainage, or to reducing gels or any aesthetic maneuver treatment. In such cases, the best treatment is still regular and vigorous movement of the legs, especially on treadmills or exercise bikes in daily exercise, since this procedure has the same performance that a remedy for the problem.

A change really able to make us drink water beyond measure and retain liquids is eating a diet high in salt. This can be easily demonstrated when we started drinking too much water after ingest salty food and not urinamos such fluid intake.

Sodium naturally present in the osmotic salt is, or retain water or simply water causes abnormal movements between body compartments, always in the direction of a location less sodium for rich in sodium. Thus, a truly effective approach, especially in the phases of the menstrual cycle, where of course retain liquids, is the care with their intake, giving preference to low-salt food in its composition.

The worst thing for women who complain of fluid retention is the use of diuretics, which lead to the forced loss of water, causing cellular dehydration, artificial urine output and the false impression that the swelling has been reduced or even that there was loss of weight.Weight loss in these cases is to dehydration costs and forced diuresis always leaves the impression that the kidneys do not work well when, in fact, what is abnormal is the volume of urine eliminating, and with it, important electrolytes like potassium. The misconduct entails pain and weakness in the legs, as well as cramps.

Finally, it is important for women to know that if they have kidneyfunctioning, heart and normal liver and normal access to water, they do notThey are swollen or retain fluid. When actually they have retentionliquid, that part of the menstrual cycle and is transient. Thesewomen need to review their diets and their ethyls life to tryexplain more properly the feeling of weight gain. The correctionfluid retention is not difficult, provided we can understandcauses.