That extra weight you are carrying may be nothing more than excess water. Having too much water doesn’t sound like a problem for a body that’s comprised of 75 percent water but it can create health problems if we don’t keep bloating in check. Some of the contributors to water gain are excess sodium intake, too many carbohydrates and lack of exercise. Symptoms include swelling of the belly, ankles or internal organs. The long term damage can be severe. To keep it in check it’s best to make sure you drink enough water, get plenty of rest and exercise. Avoid certain foods and medications and replace carbs with equal amounts of fiber.
- Edema is the medical term for swelling. It can affect the hands, arms, face, abdomen, the heart, kidneys and lungs and lead to health.
- According to the American Heart Association (AHA), Americans consume almost 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day and are not even aware of it.
- People who take medication could be at a higher risk for water retention. Pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen may cause bloating, water retention and could cause swelling in the body.
“According to the American Heart Association (AHA), Americans consume almost 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day and are not even aware of it.”