It is quite common among us that at nightfall, we feel some parts of the body are more voluminous. It seems as if we have suddenly put on weight in one day...desperate!

As the hours of the day go by, and due to lack of exercise, overweight, poor blood circulation... our legs end up suffering: swelling, foot pain, tiredness, etc.

The cause is usually fluid retention, which affects more the legs and belly area.

What is fluid retention?

The body has a system for eliminating water and toxins, the lymphatic system. If the lymph does not have sufficient capacity to mobilize these fluids, accumulation of water and toxins occurs. The cause is usually fluid retention, which affects more the legs and belly area.

Several causes can influence the swelling of the ankles, feet, and legs. Among the most common causes, we can find pregnancy, overweight, standing for a long time...

The circulatory system has a "motor" that drives the movement of blood through the body, whereas the lymphatic system has no motor to perform its function.

What parts of the body are most affected by fluid retention?

This problem can affect various parts of the body, and when it affects the legs, they begin to be more swollen and heavy, and you may even feel cramps.

Another part of the body that usually swells is the abdomen and sometimes even the face. 

How do you know if you have fluid retention?

If you want to know if you suffer from fluid retention, it is very important to pay attention to your legs. They are usually the first to be affected by the lack of proper drainage. Your legs begin to experience tiredness and heaviness.

As the day progresses, the feet and ankles become more swollen than normal. This is also often the case in the legs.

The legs may feel more swollen, but it is not as easy to perceive as in the feet and ankles. It tends to accumulate more around the knees. However, after a good lymphatic drainage massage, you can see how the legs have decreased in volume.

Interestingly, many people find that they suffer from fluid retention when they fail to lose weight despite changing their diet.

6 tips to avoid fluid retention

If swelling of the ankles, feet, legs, or abdomen torments you daily, pay attention to these tips.

By modifying some lifestyle habits, it is possible to favor the elimination of fluid retention in the legs.

1. Food

Among the most important and effective are the changes to be made to your daily diet, which are essential for improving your health.

On the one hand, it is advisable to reduce the consumption of salt in meals, as well as to avoid foods with a high content of sugars and saturated fats.

On the other hand, foods rich in potassium and low in sodium should be included, especially by increasing the consumption of vegetables and fruits.

2. Exercise 

Physical exercise is key to exercising the musculature and improving blood circulation at the same time.

Opt for activities that involve moving your lower extremities. Go for running, swimming, or cycling, or sign up for dance and toning classes.

Other tricks that will help you to have more beautiful legs:

  • Try to take the car less, and walk or bike more.
  • Avoid the elevator and take the stairs.

3. Hydration

Adequate moisturizing is essential to eliminate toxins and cleanse the body. It is advisable to drink plenty of water during the day.

You can also complete hydration with some natural juices and infusions. These are the perfect allies to stimulate the elimination of liquids and reduce the swelling and heaviness caused by this condition. Forget about artificial juices, loaded with sugars.

4. Legs up

When fluid retention occurs mainly in the legs, you should try to keep them slightly elevated while sitting. Also, try to raise them several times a day if you are working.

5. Clothing that is not too tight 

It is not advisable to wear clothes that are too tight, as they hinder the circulation of blood flow, worsening this condition.

6. Massage

Did you know that fluid retention is one of the main causes of cellulite? In addition to the above tips, there are very effective aesthetic treatments. Lymphatic drainage massage is ideal to combat these problems. It is a very effective therapeutic massage through which the water content in the body is balanced. By stimulating the lymphatic system, retained excesses are eliminated. This helps us to improve circulation, cellulite, and heaviness in the legs...

This treatment must be performed by a specialist in order to receive all its benefits. Of course, the ideal would be to do it as often as possible, but who has the time to do it?

At home, we can perform massages on the feet and legs, which are very relaxing. It is better if we use a massage oil with draining properties. Try to make soft but firm movements, always in the direction of the heart.

In addition, for effective daily treatments at home, you can count on Glo910, an innovative home massage system. Intuitive and easy to use, it will help you to eliminate everyday annoying swelling of your legs.

Glo910 has been designed, by doctors and physiotherapists to perform various aesthetic and therapeutic treatments at home. It has an Anti-swollen legs program to perform the Lymphatic Drainage treatment by inexperienced people.

With this massage, you will stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic circulation and promote the elimination of retained fluids.