Fluid retention from menopause
Question : I'M going through menopause now and my body weight has
increased due to fluid retention. What can I do to reduce fluid retention?
Answer : FLUID retention or edema is a symptom of a disease and
not a disease by itself, so specific treatment will depend on the underlying
cause. One of the commonly encountered forms of edema is that related to the
menstrual cycle. Other common causes of edema include allergies, excessive
salt in food, vitamin B deficiency, constipation, kidney disease and heart
The hormone fluctuation and persistent low levels of hormones may be
responsible for the fluid retention. Thus, supplementing your diet with
evening primrose oil may help to regulate the sensitivity of target organs
to hormonal changes. Studies have shown that regular intake of evening
primrose oil can help ease problems relating to women's menstrual cycle.
Increasing your vitamins B, especially vitamin B6 intake, may help to
reduce fluid retention too. Vitamin B6 is a natural diuretic and vitamin B6
deficiency may cause edema. It is recommended for treating edema related to
the menstrual cycle.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids are also essential for adrenal function and
production of adrenal hormones, which are vital for proper fluid balance and
control of edema. Incorporating herbs like dandelion in your diet may help
to reduce fluid retention in your body. Dandelion is a natural diuretic that
helps to get rid of accumulated fluids.
Diet may also play an important role in fluid retention. High consumption
of salt-containing foods such as dried meats, pickles and canned food can
upset the body's fluid equilibrium, thus causing the fluid retention. Eat
foods that are rich in potassium such as banana. Increase raw vegetables
intake may be beneficial. You may want to avoid dairy products.
You may also consider going to a sauna to increase perspiration if it is
not contraindicated for the specific underlying cause. You should slowly
increase your physical activities too.