is not a disease but it is the symptom of a clear imbalance in the body which leads to the excessive accumulation of water in the different tissues of the body. An inadequate diet, a sedentary lifestyle and other causes such as hormonal imbalances or circulatory disorders are behind this problem that mainly affects women and results in a generalised swelling and discomfort that is detrimental to the well-being and aesthetics of those affected. The key in this aspect is the introduction of foods rich in potassium and the reduction of the quantities of sodium.
Thus, it is highly recommended to minimize the consumption of salty products and precooked meals. These foods contain high levels of salt in their composition, thus contributing an excess of sodium to the organism and, with it, breaking the stability of the water levels and favouring the
retention of liquids
. Potassium counteracts the action of sodium and improves the elimination of excess water in the tissues.
In this way, it is recommended that foods such as chard, artichokes, pumpkins, carrots, watercress, avocados, nuts, soya or wheat germ be introduced into the diet. Fruits and vegetables also have a high water content which helps stimulate the kidneys and purify the body, and it is important to remember that good hydration is essential to ensure that the kidneys function properly, including a minimum of two litres of liquids a day. Avoiding excess sugars and carbonated drinks to reduce the levels of swelling in the body, it is interesting to combine water with natural fruit juices and diuretic drinks that encourage urination and help eliminate fluids effectively.
In this sense, pineapple drinks, dandelion or horsetail infusions, as well as other drinks such as
, are ideal complements to a diet to eliminate
retained in the body.