How to prevent/minimize water retention caused by long haul flights (7hrs+)?

Answered on June 30, 2014
Created June 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Every time I travel between Europe & North America I get horrible water retention upon arrival esp. in my thighs (my jeans wouldn't fit me anymore, let alone the annoying feeling of heaviness and spongy-ness) and it lasts for about 2 weeks... I am flying in less than a week, will be staying for 3 weeks and I want to my clothes to fit me, any ideas on how to prevent that from happening?


age: 29, height: 5'5, weight : don't have a scale but I'm guessing I would be somewhere between 145 and 150. Pear-shaped with a decent amount of muscle (I lift heavy) but it's covered with a layer of fat, but e.g. I can see some muscle definition (triceps, delts, biceps) when I normally extend my arms to reach out for sth or wear a jacket without intentionally flexing



on June 30, 2014
at 05:46 AM

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on June 30, 2014
at 08:44 AM

Limit your salt for a couple of days before you fly, and particularly the day you fly. Give careful consideration to those snacks - even some cheddar (possibly all) has sodium and a few is more regrettable than others. Limiting your sodium and coffee is a decent thought as they excessively are diuretics. Bunches of layering socks that you can get without remedies Great quality protein and carbs ought to provide for all of you the minerals and vitamins you requirement for ideal health.



on June 30, 2014
at 05:50 AM

What I find works for me....

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, salty food & salt.

Drink water ~ 6 to 8 oz per hour of flight.... yeah, I know seems counter intutuiove

Get up and walk around as much as possible...especially if you;re older and / or in poor physical condition.

When you arrive, green tea & B complex.



on June 29, 2014
at 04:34 PM

What happens when you drink a diuretic such as coffee, tea, or alcohol? Does that help at all? Likely the issue is stress related, or too much salt intake, or too many carbs.

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