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Is puffy fingers (ring fit) a good proxy for hydration?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM

I'm hacking hydration, sodium and potassium.

Is water retention as evidenced by how my ring fits on my finger a good indication of hydration?

I believe I read that potassium attracts water to inside the cells, and sodium attracts water to outside the cell.

Which of these scenarios (if either) translates into my fingers being "puffy" and my ring feeling tighter on my finger?

Thanks, Mike

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on July 31, 2013
at 08:58 PM

Eventually, yes. But the puffy fingers were gone weeks before appreciable weight loss. It occurs with changes to my diet even while maintainin bodyweight. I recently went off paleo on vacation and got puffy fingers again.

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on June 18, 2013
at 03:18 AM

Did you lose weight?

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:36 PM

No it is not...

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on March 12, 2013
at 08:34 PM

In a word, no. By the time you have so much water retention that your fingers puff up, you're way way out of the proper balance.

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 13, 2013
at 12:23 AM

When I went paleo my ring started fitting better. It was tight for years, and has fit perfectly ever since I went on paleo 2.5 years ago.

I think it has more to do with inflammation than hydration, though.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 18, 2013
at 03:18 AM

Did you lose weight?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on July 31, 2013
at 08:58 PM

Eventually, yes. But the puffy fingers were gone weeks before appreciable weight loss. It occurs with changes to my diet even while maintainin bodyweight. I recently went off paleo on vacation and got puffy fingers again.

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on March 12, 2013
at 11:51 PM

My body tends to hold onto water when I'm not hydrated enough. Don't know the potassium vs. sodium reactions behind it, but fluid retention is not a good thing.

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