Okay, so has anyone else heard they now have water retention appaz, ever since I moved to a hotter climate? And yet you have never really heard of this before – let alone actually have it! Who is with me on this?!
Having always thought this was something that only plagued old people (I am not getting old, I am NOT getting OLD!), I can’t understand why me and so many people I talk to are now wanging on about our issues with water retention (including me!).. So I started to do a little digging as to why, since relocating, I and many others are now inflicted with this issue.
So first up, did you know that air conditioning is the biggest contributor to water retention?! And have you noticed, or may be even been told, that you actually only (and rather suddenly) have this weird affliction you knew little about about before packing up for warmer climes?!
Sadly if you’re now living in a hot climate, one your body isn’t used to, you’ve now been thrust into an environment of 100% air conditioning blasting at you – when your body is probably used to around 30% exposure. This is massively dehydrating to your body, hence it gathers / stores water. This coupled with the lack of naturally chilly weather temperatures, which your body may also be used to, creates a lack of involuntary muscle contractions, which helps you to burn away those additional calories. Whilst let’s face it, you probably can’t change that, I’ve gathered a few tidbits along the way, which genuinely seemed to have helped to get on top of this crappy issue…
Reduction of water retention:
- Try to drink 3 litres of water a day – back home in the UK, 2 was always enough to keep hydrated. Battling water retention you need to out-water your body of water in addition, so that it doesn’t retain it
- Eat watermelon and grapefruits – as additional hydration – and avoid salty food
- Try a thing called LPG – often marketed as a fat loss tool, but actually way more effective at reducing water retention. This is due to the fact that it acts as a massage system (much like lymphatic drainage)
- Don’t smoke! – yup, sorry folks. As hard as it is for some (especially those social smokers amongst us) yet another reason not to smoke.
Air con to many of us sadly is inescapable, especially during the shitty, summer months in hotter climates. My advice would be to take as many of your hols during summer time, so that you can at least try to get active in a cooler country. When it cools down, we still live our lives in air con. So if you work from home? Work outside. If you go to the gym? Start running or cycling outside.
If you’ve gained little weight on the scales, yet a couple of inches around certain parts of your body, you’ve likely got water retention. Flushing / hydrating your body combats the need to retain fluid. Sadly doesn’t work with gin though folks. Tried and tested… (hic)