5 Tips for Natural Skin Care




Tip 1: Give Yourself a Dry Brush Exfoliation


A dry brush exfoliation can be done in the morning before you shower. It eliminates dead skin cells and allows the skin to detox (skin is the largest organ of elimination). Dry brush exfoliation also improves lymph and blood circulation and decreases puffiness. An added benefit is that the gentle pressure is calming to the nervous system. To give yourself a dry brush exfoliation, you'll need a soft, natural bristle brush.



Tip 2: Rev Up Your Digestion

In alternative medicine, good skin is a reflection of a good digestive system. People with skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, and psoriasis often suffer from constipation, imbalanced "good" vs. "bad" bacterialeaky gut, and other digestive conditions. The two most common sluggish digestion culprits are:

Culprit #1: Not Enough Water Water bathes cells and eliminates waste products, preventing constipation.

    Culprit #2: Not Enough Fiber Most people lack fiber in their diets - the average person eats only 12 g of fiber a day. In 2002, the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board established recommended fiber intakes. For men aged 19-50 years, 38 g fiber is recommended, and for men over 50, 31 g fiber is recommended. For women aged 19 to 50 years, 25 g fiber is recommended, and for women over 50, 21 g fiber is recommended. 
    1. Some suggestions:
      1. Add Whole Grains - Choose whole grain products over refined. Have brown rice instead of white or make your own 50:50 combination. 

      2. An Apple a Day - Have an apple, skin on, as a snack.

      3. Eat Cauliflower - Try this delicious Roasted Cauliflower recipe!

      4. High-fiber snacks - Snack on nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, such as dates, figs, and prunes. 5. Eat Beans and Legumes - Open a can of your favorite beans or legumes. Rinse them well and add them to your meal.

      6. Ground Flaxseeds - For any easy fiber boost, sprinkle ground flaxseeds (available at health food stores) on rice, salads, oatmeal, or any other meal. Store flaxseeds in the fridge.

Tip 3: Invigorate Sluggish Circulation

Do you sit at your desk for hours, only getting up to go to the bathroom? One of the best things you can do for your skin, stress level, and overall health is to get moving! Inactivity may affect skin and promote bloating and puffiness, acne, cellulite, and loss of muscle tone. You'll learn more about exercise in Step 9 of the Wellness Makeover. Here are some quick suggestions:
  1. Take a quick break to go outside and walk around the block.
  2. Book a massage therapy appointment.
  3. Close your door and stretch.
  4. Go to the gym.
  5. Start each morning by stretching.
  6. Get a skipping rope.

Tip 4: Avoid Excess Sugar

Most people do not realize this but excess sugar is considered one of the main causes of premature aging. The more sugar we eat, the more sugar we have entering our bloodstream. Over time, this can result in a process known as glycation, which is when a glucose (sugar) molecule damages a protein molecule by sticking to it. The new molecules formed are called advanced glycation end-products, or AGEs. AGEs damage collagen in skin, cartilage, and ligaments and promote a loss of elasticity. Wrinkles form and skin begins to sag.
Try This - It may seem impossible to reduce your sugar intake, but it can be done! A gradual approach works best. In the next week, choose one thing you're going to do to decrease the amount of sugar you consume. For example, start by cutting the amount of sugar in your daily coffee or tea by half. Every week, find another way you can decrease your sugar intake. Pretty soon, you'll be surprised at how far you've come!

Tip 5: Eat Some Good Fats

Essential fatty acids are simply fats your body cannot live without. They are needed to make cell membranes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Essential fats are thought to keep your heart healthy, fight inflammation, and possibly prevent cancer. They are also particularly important to people with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and acne, and also for people with dry skin. People with essential fat deficiency sometimes notice bumps on the backs of their arms. Here are my suggestions on getting more essential fats:


Flaxseed and walnut oil - Use flaxeed oil or walnut oil with balsamic vinegar as a salad dressing. Be sure to keep these oils refrigerated. They should not be heated or used for cooking.
  1. Cold water fish - Sardines are a good source of essential fats. Salmon is another good source, however these salmon accumulate toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (otherwise known as PCBs) in their body fat during the 95 percent of their lives they spend at sea.
  2. Supplements - Consider fish oil supplements.
Source - About.com

Stand Up 2 Cancer: 5 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Cancer rates may be declining slowly, but deaths from certain types of cancer are still on the rise, and more than 1,500 people in the United States still die from it every day. Stand Up 2 Cancer is determined to accelerate and innovate cancer research, so that patients can have access to new treatments quickly, and scientists can find a cure. Their telethon tonight (8 p.m. ET, on Yahoo.com and elsewhere) is dedicated to raising money and awareness for the fight against cancers of all kinds.

"This broadcast has become a global call-to-action for all those touched by cancer," Gwyneth Paltrow, who is one of the telethon's executive producers, said in a statement. "Like so many people, I know what it's like to lose a family member to this disease, and I'm honored to stand up in my father's memory."

Since 2008, the organization has given out $109 million to fund hundreds of scientists working toward finding a cure for cancer. (Their funding is administered by the American Association for Cancer Research; you can donate at StandUp2Cancer.org) Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Justin Timberlake, Sofia Vergara, Gabrielle Douglas, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, Coldplay, Alicia Keys and other recording artists and celebrities will perform during tonight's telethon.

"We now understand the very biology that drives cancer," the organization points out on its website. "With knowledge gained from the mapping of the human genome, we can target the genes and pathways that are involved in turning normal cells into cancerous ones. We are on the brink of possessing a toolbox full of new, advanced therapies just waiting to be adapted to benefit patients."

According to the World Health Organization, at least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable. Here are five easy steps you can take to lower your own risk of cancer:

Use sun protection. Skin cancer accounts for nearly half of all cancer cases in the United States -- more than 2 million cases a year, The American Cancer Society notes. While a little bit of sun exposure helps your body produce vitamin D, too much exposure can quickly lead to melanomas and worse -- even for people with darker skin. Slathering on sunscreen (you should use about a shot-glass's worth to cover your whole body) whenever you're outdoors can help protect your skin from damage and reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Watch what you eat
. A new study shows that organic food is not more nutritious than conventional food, but organic options can lower your exposure to some cancer-causing pesticides. (The "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15" lists can help you decide when buying organic does or doesn't make sense.) And certain foods -- blueberries, kiwis, cantaloupe, garlic, green tea, and fatty fish, among others -- are high in compounds that can help protect against different types of cancers. Also: Drinking plenty of water can help cut your risk of bladder cancer, and reducing your alcohol intake (especially if you're male) can reduce your risk of mouth and oropharynx cancer.

Don't smoke or chew tobacco. "Using any type of tobacco puts you on a collision course with cancer," the experts at the Mayo Clinic warn. Smoking has been linked to lung cancer, of course, but also to cancers of the bladder, cervix, stomach, larynx, esophagus, and kidneys. Chewing tobacco has been linked to oral cancers and cancer of the pancreas. (Want to quit smoking? Yahoo! Shine has some tips.)

Watch your weight. If you're overweight, losing just a couple of pounds can help reduce your risk of several types of cancer. A recent study by Dr. Anne McTiernan at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that overweight, post-menopausal women who exercised moderately for just three hours a week were able to drop enough weight to lower the levels of circulating estrogen in their bodies which, in turn, lowered their risk for developing estrogen-sensitive breast cancers.

Get screened regularly.
Catching cancer early can be the key to successful treatment, so it's important for men and women to stay on top of routine screenings. Guidelines for mammograms and pap smears have changed in recent years. And the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that both girls and boys get the HPV vaccine to protect against contracting or transmitting the virus that can cause cervical cancer.
Source - Yahoo

How to recognise a heart attack

Unhealthy lifestyles combined with a ton of stress are making more and more people vulnerable to heart attacks. Here’s a low-down on signs and symptoms of a heart attack.Often people expect a heart attack to be dramatic like it is in the movies. But in reality — most often — that is not the case. This article thus spells out the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.

What happens during a heart attack?

During a heart attack, the blood flow to the heart muscle is either reduced or completely stops. This typically happens because of a blood clot that is blocking an artery.
When the heart muscle does not get oxygen-rich blood, it ceases to work.

Some common heart attack symptoms:

  • A heart attack often causes chest pain.
  • There is a feeling of fullness or a clasping pain in the centre of the chest. Most victims describe the pain as akin to an elephant standing on the chest (extreme pain). It usually lasts for about 15 minutes.
  • One also experiences shooting pain in the shoulders, neck, arm, back and sometimes even the teeth and jaw.
  • One finds increasing episodes of chest pain.
  • Prolonged pain in the upper abdomen.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • The victim might experience heavy sweating.
  • Since the heart’s pumping action is severely impaired during a severe heart attack, the victim might lose his/her consciousness.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • In rare cases, as in patients who are diabetic, the heart attack may not be very painful, and sometimes can even be entirely painless.

Other heart attack symptoms

The elderly, diabetics, people on steroids as well as women are less likely to have obvious symptoms like severe chest pain (as often seen in men). These are some symptoms they are likely to have:
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Heart burn
  • Sweaty skin
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Nausea
  • Tightness or pain in the neck, shoulder or upper back

Heart attack symptoms are not the same for all…

Not everyone who has a heart attack has the same symptoms. Many a time, we also tend to ignore a heart attack thinking it might be mere abdominal discomfort due to gas pains or indigestion. If you have more than a few symptoms listed above, then you are likely to be having an attack. Get emergency help immediately.

What to do in case of a heart attack?

  • Rush to a hospital: If you recognise that you or someone around is having a heart attack, get immediate medical help.
  • Give Disprin (Asprin): As soon as you recognise it is an attack, crush a disprin, dissolve it in water and make the person drink it.
  • Emergency numbers: Every office and home must keep a list of emergency numbers like that of an ambulance service, hospital.

A heart attack is different from a cardiac arrest

Do not confuse a heart attack with cardiac arrest. In the case of a cardiac arrest, the heart suddenly stops. It occurs due to an electrical disturbance that obstructs the heart’s pumping function, which results in stopping blood flow to the rest of the body.
Source - Yahoo

Five Tips To maintain A Good Health



It is rightly said that “a healthy mind resides in a healthy body”. You need to understand that your body is also an important part of you just like your mind. Therefore, it is quite important that you understand what your body wants and know when you require medical attention for maintaining a good health. You should not neglect your health at any circumstance.

Here are 5 tips that will help you to maintain a good health:

1. Always think positively

If you wake up in a bad mood, then your stress level hormones get elevated even before you start your day. It makes you more vulnerable to the germs you are exposed all day long. Therefore, you need think positively and try not to pay heed to the negative thoughts that come to your mind. It will help you to stay happy and healthy.

2. Avoid crash diet to reduce weight

Many of you start crash dieting in order to lose weights quickly. However, the scariest part of crash dieting is that you don’t lose weight in the long run. When you continue crash dieting, your body actually exhausts the supply of glycogen, which is a type of carbohydrate. As a result, your body looses water, which gets reflected when you step on the scale. There are a number of health risks associated with crash dieting; therefore, avoid crash dieting to shed extra pounds. Instead, reduce your weight under medical supervision.

3. Drink plenty of water

Do you know that water makes up more than 50% of a human body? Therefore, your body will not be able to function if there is not sufficient level of water in it. You should drink at least 6-8 glasses of water every day as it helps to flush out toxins from your body. You can also eat certain foods that help to maintain the adequate water level in your body, which helps you to stay healthy.

4. Take a break from regular work

It is quite important to take breaks from your work at regular intervals to maintain good health. Instead of stressing yourself, you should take some rest whenever you feel tired. If you take a break from your work, then it’ll help you to achieve greater success. Researches reveal that chronic work stress can result into increased blood pressure. You’ll be astonished to know that your work stress can even increase your weight. Yes, it’s true. Therefore, take a break from work and exercise for a few minutes, which will help you to reduce your work related stress to some extent.

5. Exercise regularly

If you exercise, then it will help to keep your stress level hormones under control, which in turn will help to strengthen your immunity. Exercise also helps to prevent a number of diseases; as for example, you’ll be able to prevent certain cancers, osteoporosis and you’re also less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases if you exercise regularly. However, everyone does not need the same kind of exercise. You should visit a doctor to know how much exercise you need. Moreover, you need to consult a doctor before you start a specific exercise; not every exercise is meant for everyone.

Apart from the above factors, you should also go for regular health check-ups in order to maintain a good health.

HOME REMEDIES FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

As the heart pumps blood to various parts of the body, the force of blood flow puts pressure on the arterial walls. High blood pressure or hypertension can cause irreversible damage to your heart, kidneys, blood vessels, and other parts of the body.


If you monitor your blood pressure regularly, you can manage your high blood pressure through medication and lifestyle changes. However, left untreated, high blood pressure may result in adverse health effects.
Over time high blood pressure may result in hardening of the arteries. Continuous flow of blood and oxygen requires your heart to pump blood with more force through these narrow arteries. The result: chest pain or angina.
As the heart fails to function optimally, there is reduced flow of blood and oxygen to various organs. This may result in organ failure.
A heart attack may occur, as the heart is no longer able to pump blood and oxygen. Cell damage from lack of oxygen may even affect your brain leading to a stroke.

High Blood Pressure Picture

Although many adults suffer from hypertension as they get older, high blood pressure is not a sign of aging alone. Individuals with a family history of high blood pressure, obese or diabetic individuals, patients with other cardiovascular diseases and kidney disease or pre-hypertensive individuals are at an increased risk of suffering from high blood pressure.


Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

According to WHO estimates, high blood pressure kills nearly 8 million people globally in a year. Signs and symptoms of high blood pressure are hard to identify, which is why it is commonly referred to as the silent killer. Early detection and action to control high blood pressure readings can help avert more serious heart disease. Following symptoms may point to high blood pressure, although it would be best not to rely on these signs alone.

  • Individuals may experience heart palpitations, headaches, anxiety, excessive sweating, sleep disorders, and flushes.
  • Symptomatic headaches or migraines were considered to be a result of high blood pressure. However, recent neurological studies state that damaged nerve organs may result in a lack of pain. High blood pressure patients may actually experience fewer headaches.
  • Nosebleeds, considered a symptomatic condition of high blood pressure, may be a myth too. Nosebleeds can result from other conditions such as dry air allergies, deviated septum, and sinus disorders.
  • Optic nerve damage caused by high blood pressure may result in blood spots in the eyes. However, there is no clear indication that blood spots are a symptom of high blood pressure.

मधुमेह को घरेलू इलाज से करें कंट्रोल


जब रक्‍त में ग्‍लूकोज़ की मात्रा अधिक हो जाती है और वह पेशाब के दा्रान बाहर निकलने लगता है तो उसे मधुमेह कहा जाता है। अभी तक इसका कोई स्‍थाई इलाज सामने निकल कर नहीं आया है इसलिए आपको इस बीमारी में विशेष ध्‍यान देनी की जरुरत है। डायबीटीज को अगर कंट्रोल करना है तो अच्‍छा पौष्टिक आहार और अपने लाइफस्‍टाइल में कई परिवर्तन लाने होगें। यह बीमारी को घरेलू उपचारों से भी काफी कम की जा सकती है। आइये देखते हैं कि हम इसको कैसे कंट्रोल कर सकते हैं।

अपनाएं यह घरेलू उपचार-

1.मेथी- मधुमेह को ट्रीट करने में मेथी बहुत बडा रोज प्‍ले करती है। अगर आप रोज़ 50 ग्राम मेथी नियमित रुप से खाएगें तो निश्‍चित ही आपका ग्‍लूकोज़ लेवल नीचे चला जाएगा और आपको इस बीमारी से राहत मिल जाएगी।

2.करेला- डायबिटीज के निदानों में यह भी एक महत्‍वपूर्ण खोजों में से एक है। करेले का प्रयोग एक प्राकृतिक स्टेरॉयड के रुप में किया जाता है क्‍योंकि इसमें कैरेटिन नामक रसायन होता है जिसके दा्रा खून में शुगर लेवल नहीं बढ़ पाता। करेले के 100 मिली. के रस में इतना ही पानी मिलाकर दिन में तीन बार लेने से लाभ होता है।

3.जामुन- इस फल का रस, पत्‍ती और बीज मधुमेह की बीमारी को जड़ से खतम कर देते हैं। जामुन के सूखे बीजों को पाउडर बना कर एक चम्‍मच दिन में दो बार पानी या दूध के साथ लेने से राहत मिलती है। इससे अग्न्याशय पर काफी अच्‍छा असर पड़ता है।

4.आमला- अगर एक चम्‍मच आमले का रस करेले के रस में मिला कर रोज पिएगें तो मधुमेह की इस्‍से अच्‍छी दवा और कोई नहीं होगी।

5.आम की पत्‍ती- 15 ग्राम ताजे आम के पत्‍तों को 250 एमएल पानी में रात भर भिगो कर रख दें। इसके बाद सुबह इस पानी को छान कर पी लें। इसके अलावा सूखे आम के पत्‍तों को पीस कर पाउडर के रूप में खाने से भी लाभ होता है।

6.शहद- कार्बोहाइर्ड्रेट, कैलोरी और कई तरह के माइक्रो न्‍यूट्रिएंट से भरपूर शहद मधुमेह के लिए लाभकारी है। जिन लोगों को यह बीमारी होती है उन्‍हें चीनी की जगहं पर शहद खाने को कहा जाता है।
Source - hindi boldsky

“Swadeshi Mall” A Concept of Promoting Indian Product to Reduce Unemployment & Poverty



A Concept of Promoting Indian Product to Reduce Unemployment & Poverty

(Concept of “Swadeshi Shopping Mall” By GD PANDEY)

NOW, It Is Time To Take Necessary Action To Promote INDIAN PRODUCT In India

Main features of Swadeshi Shopping Mall

  1. “Swadeshi Shopping Mall” should be in each and every city. 
  2. The “Swadeshi Shopping Mall” will sell only Indian products. 
  3. “Swadeshi Shopping Mall” could be launch / sponsor by any Indian business group but it is necessary that they should sell only Indian products which must be made by Indians in India. 
  4. Central Government / State Government should give rebate in taxes on those product, which will selll through these mall and also they should provide other facilities for open these type mall. 
Reason for open this type of Shopping Mall 
  1. Our business which is either small or big is not growing as compare to China product due to the much competition in marketing and the policies of International Product. 
  2. International Market like China sells their products in low cost which make the people their customer. They easily capture and overtake our business and when people get habitual to their product they raise the price. 
Benefit of this type of Mall 
  1. Public will purchase more Indian product because they will get it at cheap rate. 
  2. Purchasing of Indian product will Increase the consumption of Indian product. 
  3. When consumption will increase, the need of more production is require. 
  4. And for production employee will require for every field. 
THIS CONCEPT WILL EASILY REDUCE THE BIGGEST PROBLEM OF OUR COUNTRY i.e., RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND POVERTY

Source - Facebook account of G D PANDEY

Dining with friends can make you fat



Dining with a friend could be bad for those on a diet - it tempts you into eating unhealthy dishes from the menu, just to keep him or her in good humour, says a study.


Researchers led by Eric Robinson, psychologist at the University of Birmingham, believe it may help to explain why groups of friends often put on weight at the same time and why some women complain that they get heavier when they find a boyfriend - they start to copy his eating habits.

"There is a lot of evidence that points towards this idea that your friends make you fat. If you have got friends or people you know who have put on weight recently, then you will put on weight too," said Robinson.

"We found that pairing people with unhealthy eating partners reduced the amount of healthy food they were eating. They tended to pick the foods that were high in calories," added Robinson, the British Journal of Nutrition reported.

"Recognising that this effect is real could help people who are trying to watch what they eat. They could even look at a menu and try to decide what they are eating before those they are with to help avoid being influenced," the Telegraph quoting Robinson, said.

The research asked 100 female volunteers to select from a choice of food consisting of healthy fruit and vegetables or unhealthy foods including crisps, pastries and cocktail sausages.

They found that when they were eating with someone who had been asked to pick unhealthy options, the volunteers also picked far more of these compared to when they ate alone or with someone who chose healthier foods.

Suzanne Higgs, reader in the psychobiology of appetite and study co-author, added: "This research underlines the social nature of eating and how this influences our behaviour."

Source - News Live Tv

Beneficial Junk Foods!!!!

Recent studies have proved that certain junk foods can also be beneficial. Indulging in some of these junk foods of course limited quantities may impart goodness.

Baked snacks
These are the most recent introductions which contain very less oil and made of whole wheat and dash of spice. Which is a delight for the taste buds and curb cravings. Whole wheat crackers that are available is the best example for baked snacks and is a preferred tea time snack. 

Processed Cheese
The anti-carcinogenic properties found in cheese is an effective antioxidant.

Dark Chocolates
Dark chocolates help keep blood pressure under control.

Red wine
Resveratrol in the red wine helps prevent inflammations. It is also rich in antioxidants that prevent heart disease and cancer.   

Popcorn
A desirable movie accompaniment helps to curb cravings a is very less in calories.

Working more than 8hrs a day ups heart risk

Working more than eight hours a day raises the risk of heart disease by up to 80 per cent, a new study has revealed.

Researchers said that long working hours could be condemning thousands of employees to heart attacks and strokes.

The warning follows analysis of 12 studies dating back as far as 1958, involving a total of 22,000 people from around the world.

The analysis, by scientists at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, found that those whose working days that were longer than the traditional eight hours had a 40 to 80 per cent greater chance of heart disease.

The size of the increase varied depending on how each study was carried out.

The effects were more pronounced when participants were asked how long they worked for - but when researchers closely monitored working hours, the increased risk of heart disease was closer to 40 per cent.

Lead researcher Dr Marianna Virtanen said the effects could be due to "prolonged exposure to stress."

Other triggers could be poor eating habits and lack of exercise due to restricted leisure time.

Middle-aged workers putting in 55 hours or more a week had poorer brain function than those clocking up no more than 40 hours, with lower scores on tests to measure intelligence, short-term memory and word recall.

Britons work some of the longest hours in Europe, with full-time employees averaging 42.7 a week.

Those in Germany typically work for 42 hours, while Danes do 39.1.

It estimated that more than five million people a year in Britain work unpaid extra hours to hang on to their jobs.

But the long-term toll on workers' health could be devastating, the new research suggests.

"There are several potential mechanisms that may underlie the association between long working hours and heart disease," the Daily Mail quoted Dr Virtanen as saying in a report on the findings.

In addition to prolonged exposure to psychological stress, she said other triggers could be raised levels of the stress hormone cortisol, poor eating habits and lack of physical activity due to restricted leisure time.
Source - Times Of India

25 Health Benefits of Lemon


Lemon is one of those super foods with a myriad health and cosmetic benefits. There are a few persons for whom it is an allergen, so make sure you are not allergic to this natural product, before you start enjoying the many benefits.

1. Lemon being a citrus fruit, fights against infection.

It helps in production of WBC's and antibodies in blood which attacks the invading microorganism and prevents infection.

2. Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

3. Lemon lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) .

4. Lemon is found to be anti-carcinogenic which lower the rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer.

They prevent faulty metabolism in the cell, which can predispose a cell to becoming carcinogenic. Also blocks the formation of nitrosamines in the gut.

Health Benefits of Water


Incredible as it may seem, water is quite possibly the single most important catalyst in losing weight and keeping it off. Although most of us take for granted, water may be the only true "magic potion" for permanent weight loss.

Water supresses the appetite naturally and helps the body metabolize stored fat. Studies have shown that a decrease in water intake will cause fat deposits to increase, while an increase in water intake can actually reduce fat deposits.
 Here's why: The kidneys can't function properly without enough water. When they don't work to capacity, some of their load is dumped onto the liver. One of the liver's primary functions is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy for the body. But if the liver has to do some of the kidney's work it can't operate at full throttle. As a result, it metabolizes less fat more fat remains stored in the body and weight loss stops.

Drinking enough water is the best treatment for fluid retention. When the body gets less water,it perceives this as a threat to survival and begins to hold on to every drop. Water is stored in extracellular spaces (outside the cell). This shows up as swollen feet, legs and hands.

Diuretics offer a temporary solution at best. They force out stored water along with some essential nutrients. Again, the body perceives a treat and will replace the lost water at the first opportunity. Thus, the condition quickly returns.

The best way to overcome the problem of water retention is to give your body what it needs -- plenty of water. Only then will stored water be released.


If you have a constant problem with water retention, excess salt may be to blame. Your body will tolerate sodium only in a certain concentration. The more salt you eat the more water your system retains to dilute it.

But getting rid of unneeded salt is easy -- just drink more water. As it's forced through the kidneys it takes away excess sodium.

The overweight person needs more water than a thin one. Larger people have larger metabolic loads. Since we know that water is the key to fat metabolism, it follows that the over weight person needs more water.
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