Do you know why you are retaining water?
🌟The following list will reveal causes of water retention and, more importantly, help you realize why your weigh scale is not accurate:
1. Sleep – a healthy amount of sleep (e.g. 7 – 9 hours/night) will help your kidneys regulate your sodium and water balance.
2. Stress – adequate coping mechanisms will result in reduced cortisol and ADH (antidiuretic hormone), which is important for your fluid balance and long-term health.
3. Electrolytes – large amount of electrolytes (e.g. from supplements, salty foods, diet high in processed foods) in conjunction with low water intake may increase water retention.
4. Magnesium – 310 – 420 mg of this mineral/day (for adults) plays an important role with sodium and potassium to control your body’s water balance.
5. Carbohydrates – For every gram of glycogen you store, 3–4 grams (0.11–0.14 ounces) of water may be stored with it. This explains why people experience immediate weight loss when switching to a low-carb diet, which reduces glycogen stores.
Excess water retention can also be caused by a serious condition, so be sure to seek medical attention if your problem persists.
🌟Ultimately, this means the number you see on the scale isn’t always accurate. So throw it away and make it a great day!