If you or someone you know suffers from water retention, it may actually be a sign that you have weakened adrenal glands. I've written many times in the past about how too much stress, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol can overtax the adrenal glands, and about the large number of conditions commonly ascribed to other causes that are actually caused by adrenal exhaustion. Now, edema seems to be another commonly misdiagnosed condition that is often caused by adrenal problems.
Retaining excess fluid isn't just an inconvenience, nor is it a problem limited to women. It can result in excess weight gain (as much as 20 pounds), muscle fatigue, flu-like symptoms, high blood pressure, and even stroke. Because practically anyone can suffer from edema, it's something everyone should know how to deal with.
How to Bolster Your Adrenal Gland Function
To strengthen the adrenal glands and help promote adequate production of aldosterone, I also recommend taking the following steps.
- Eat several (4-6) smaller meals or snacks throughout the day, rather than two or three large meals. (Eating as if you were diabetic will take a burden off the adrenals and allow them to rebuild.
- Snacks and meals should consist of foods higher in protein. Protein doesn't stress the adrenals by causing rapid blood sugar fluctuations as refined carbohydrates do. Protein also tends to pull excess fluid out of the tissues. This is one of the reasons people lose weight quickly when placed on a high protein diet. Much of the initial weight loss is from fluids.
- Avoid sugars and refined carbohydrates (such as deserts, candies, sodas, fruit juices, etc.).
- Support the adrenals nutritionally with a good multivitamin or vitamin B-complex.