What would you recommend for alleviating water retention?
Dear Terry, “What would you recommend for alleviating water retention?” — Bob H., Rockford, IL
Dear Bob, I would first recommend that you consult with your healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility that an underlying condition is causing the water retention/swelling. If everything checks out, I would then suggest trying the following.
I would first take a good hard look at your diet. You would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider. As always, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input.
You may also want to consider adding vitamin B6 and magnesium to your daily regimen to address the issue of bloating. These two nutrients work extremely well together to help balance sodium levels, leading to a reduction in water retention. I recommend taking 30-60 mg of vitamin B6 and 100-200 mg of magnesium two or three times daily.
When it comes to Vitamin B6, look for its active form – pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). Many people (some estimate up to 30% of the population) cannot fully utilize B-vitamins from food and supplements, because these forms of B-vitamins must be converted into the active form before they will function. By using the form of vitamin B6 that is identical to the kind your body utilizes, you bypass this problem entirely. The most advantageous form of magnesium to take is magnesium glycinate. This is a very effective form and unlike other forms of magnesium, does not cause a laxative effect.
Terry . . . Naturally