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Water retention, how to reduce it sustainably?

Write the 16/11/2022 by Santarome Bio

Unpleasant, uncomfortable and sometimes painful, water retention is a phenomenon that is easily managed.

To get rid of it, it is important to understand its causes and follow a rigorous lifestyle.

Changes in diet and daily habits are sometimes necessary.

Here's what you need to know about the causes of water retention, and all our advice for reducing it sustainably.

What causes water retention?


Water retention is due to an imbalance between the water drunk and the water eliminated by our body. This is called an imbalance of hydrostatic pressure and osmotic pressure. Water enters the cells and remains trapped, which causes swelling in certain parts of the body: feet, hands, etc. Water retention is due to various factors:

  1. The dilation of blood vessels which makes them permeable and allows water to seep into the tissues. This phenomenon is especially observed in cases of high heat.
  2. Too much salt in our diet: sodium binds to water and retains it in the body.
  3. A contraction of the muscles due to prolonged immobility (while sitting or standing) which leads to swelling of the legs and feet. This is also why our legs can swell on the plane.
  4. Hormonal changes: hormones are involved in water retention, particularly estrogen. Some women notice a phenomenon of water retention during their periods, during pregnancy during the third trimester, or at the arrival of menopause.
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What are the symptoms of water retention?


Water retention results in swelling of certain parts of the body. Sometimes there is generalized swelling throughout the body.

In the majority of cases it is located in the feet: these swellings are a symptom of poor blood reflux towards the heart. But we also observe swelling of the hands.

It is sometimes associated with weight gain of up to four kilos. This weight gain is simply linked to the accumulation of fluid in the body.

Water retention is sometimes accompanied by slightly painful edema.

In the event of prolonged water retention for no known reason, or if your water retention is painful, do not hesitate to consult a health professional as soon as possible.

How to reduce water retention?

  1. Water retention is sometimes due to too much salt consumption. You should be vigilant on this subject and favor a diet low in salt. Avoid prepared foods which are generally high in sodium. Foods rich in potassium help regulate sodium production. Potassium is found particularly in foods such as avocado, nuts, bananas, sweet potatoes, etc. Also favor foods with draining properties: cereals, fiber, etc.
  2. In case of water retention, it is advisable to drink plenty of fluids. This may seem paradoxical, yet water retention is a sign that the body needs to be hydrated. Indeed, when the body is thirsty, it stores reserves, which can cause water retention. You can also eat fruits rich in water: melon, watermelon, etc.
  3. Water retention is often due to a prolonged static situation. If you are forced to stand or sit for long periods of time, try to find a time to take a few steps to restore circulation. Regular sporting activity (yoga, walking, swimming) is an excellent remedy against water retention.
  4. Clothing that is too tight restricts blood circulation and promotes water retention. Favor loose clothing.
  5. By elevating your legs while lying down, you will improve blood circulation. You will quickly see the effects.

What food supplements in case of water retention?


Certain plants promote elimination and have recognized diuretic effects. This is particularly the case for ash, pilosella, orthosiphon, meadowsweet, and even cherry stem.


Discover Santarome Bio's water retention tablets , natural food supplements made exclusively from plants!

Our tablets combine the effects of six plants and four buds.

  1. Organic green tea acts in depth: it notably has virtues recognized for their draining action. It is therefore an excellent natural detoxifier.
  2. Organic pilosella promotes the elimination of water and toxins.
  3. Cola nut helps burn fat.
  4. Organic nettle has diuretic properties and supports circulation.
  5. Organic ash has detoxifying and draining properties, so it helps eliminate water retention. It even has slimming actions.
  6. Organic meadowsweet has a diuretic and depurative action.

These six plants are associated with three buds which reinforce their effectiveness: birch, oak and blackcurrant.

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