Weight Gain or Fluid Retention?

Every since I started menopause I have had trouble with my weight.  I always feel a little “chubby”.  I eat well and exercise, but the weight doesn’t come off.  I started to wonder if it is really weight gain or fluid retention. This is a portion of the definition that I found for “innerstitial fluid retention”:

  • Immobility. The leg muscles normally contract and compress blood vessels to promote blood flow with walking or running. When these muscles are not used, blood can collect in the veins, making it difficult for fluid to move from tissues back into the vessels.

I am trying many things to self-treat fluid retention including cutting back on salt which is very hard for me.  I am so addicted!  Also I am using wraps and support garments to see if that will help. I read that lemon water is a natural diuretic and so is cranberry juice.  I bought a bag of lemons and I am adding it to my drinking water.


Here is an article I found that gave me some good direction.

Fluid retention – Better Health Channel

Fluid retention (oedema) occurs when fluid isn’t removed from the body tissues, including the skin. Causes include the body’s reaction to hot weather, a high salt intake, and the hormones associated with the menstrual cycle. Symptoms include swelling of body parts such as feet, hands and ankles, a feeling of stiffness or aching and weight fluctuations. Drinking plenty of water will actually help your kidneys to flush out excess fluid. Fluid retention may be a sign of disease.

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