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Best way to drink water?

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Created May 03, 2011 at 2:23 AM

So, I'm prone to water retention. Every once in a while, I'll overdo it on the salt, or I get blasted with a wall o' PMS, and with it comes this flood of edema. It's as though my body simply loves to hold on to water for dear life or something, like it's afraid we're about to enter an epic drought and it better stock up just in case.

I was wondering what was the best way to reduce swelling from water retention -- is it better to slowly sip water, or chug it like it's going out of style? I somehow got it in my head that I need to pound glass after glass of water, and pee out all the excess, but I'm starting to think that if I drink slowly, my body will rehydrate faster and more efficiently, thus shedding the unwanted water weight.

Any suggestions or advice on the correct way to drink water? Or, while you're at it, do you have any tips on how to reduce bloat from fluid retention other than drink plenty of water?

Thank you! :)

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on May 06, 2011
at 05:46 PM

That was very interesting; I'm definitely intrigued! Thank you! :)

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on May 03, 2011
at 06:33 PM

*running to the kitchen to wrap chocolate in bacon*

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on May 03, 2011
at 05:57 PM

You bring up an excellent point, thank you! :) However, I'm pretty sure I know what's causing this round of edema: I've been fighting a losing battle with my birth control, and just recently switched to a different brand. I've been downing carbs and salty foods like mad, probably in response to the hormonal change. I know I need to reign in my eating, but until then (whoa, typed "thin", hey Freudian slip!) the only thing I want to eat is bacon wrapped dark choccy. x)

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on May 03, 2011
at 05:48 PM

Thank you for the suggestions and advice! I knocked back two bananas yesterday (very unusual for me) and ate half of a jumbo sweet potato as well. Sounds like my body was telling me what it needed (either that, or I was really craving sweets...you can guess why I'm retaining water, heh). :)

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on May 03, 2011
at 11:48 AM

This is not an answer (hence posting as a comment ;) but perhaps you're asking the wrong question. Perhaps you should be looking for root cause and ways to deal with that. ie "Why am I retaining water?" You get towards it at the end, but it's still talking about treating the symptom not the cause. I suggest editing the question to more emphasise this aspect.

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on May 03, 2011
at 06:15 AM

That's excellent news. Makes my drinking habit feel very validating. Thank you! :D

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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at 06:15 AM

I'm a water fiend. I love water. I have no idea how much I drink, but it's a lot: I start out with a glass when I wake up, then move on to a mug of herbal tea, and I always have a glass by my side and I refill it several times a day. Thank you for the suggestion! I don't think I drink THAT much, but I'll work on increasing it. :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on May 03, 2011
at 06:13 AM

I love watermelon, but it has unfortunate side effects on me. >.> But thank you for the suggestions! :)

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on May 03, 2011
at 09:19 AM

Being low on potassium can cause water retention. Coconut water is a good source. I like to buy the young coconuts, but the tetra-pak stuff is becoming increasingly easier to find. I seek it out if I suspect that's why I'm puffy. Steer clear of the cans - they usually have added sugar.

I also regularly enjoy hibiscus tea, which is a really effective diuretic. I'm not sure of the mechanism, but it definitely makes me pee! It's also called "jamaica". I love it hot or iced. I find the loose flowers super-cheap at mexican groceries.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on May 03, 2011
at 05:48 PM

Thank you for the suggestions and advice! I knocked back two bananas yesterday (very unusual for me) and ate half of a jumbo sweet potato as well. Sounds like my body was telling me what it needed (either that, or I was really craving sweets...you can guess why I'm retaining water, heh). :)

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on May 03, 2011
at 05:07 AM

Mike boschmann MD found men and women who drank water metabolic rate increase 30% by drinking 17 ozs of water. It also showed the colder the water the better. This is due to ucp1 activation if the person was leptin sensitive. American journal of epidemiology found drinking 5 glasses of water a day reduced the risk of a fatal MI by 50%. More water equals more fat burned. More ketosis drives thirst and thirst means lean ness

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on May 03, 2011
at 06:15 AM

That's excellent news. Makes my drinking habit feel very validating. Thank you! :D

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C074eec3b3c0325ef3018a128111823a

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on May 06, 2011
at 10:19 AM

Here's a tease towards an upcoming answer from Stephan Guyenet:

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/04/obesity-and-fluid-in-fluid-out-therapy.html

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on May 06, 2011
at 05:46 PM

That was very interesting; I'm definitely intrigued! Thank you! :)

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on May 03, 2011
at 04:13 AM

You didn't say how much water you drink in a day, but I don't think it's so much how you drink but more, how much you drink. I'd recommend drinking at least a gallon of water a day, this should help your body to realize it doesn't need to hold on to water, and will allow your cells to release stored water.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on May 03, 2011
at 06:15 AM

I'm a water fiend. I love water. I have no idea how much I drink, but it's a lot: I start out with a glass when I wake up, then move on to a mug of herbal tea, and I always have a glass by my side and I refill it several times a day. Thank you for the suggestion! I don't think I drink THAT much, but I'll work on increasing it. :)

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on May 03, 2011
at 02:57 AM

Watermelon and asparagus are both excellent for helping with water retention - both are diuretics..

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on May 03, 2011
at 06:13 AM

I love watermelon, but it has unfortunate side effects on me. >.> But thank you for the suggestions! :)

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