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by 50 · June 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Every time I travel between Europe & North America I get horrible water retention upon arrival esp. in my thighs (my jeans wouldn't fit me anymore, let alone the annoying feeling of heaviness and spongy-ness) and it lasts for about 2 weeks... I am... (more)

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Rosenhazavel 0 · June 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Limit your salt for a couple of days before you fly, and particularly the day you fly. Give careful consideration to those snacks - even some cheddar (possibly all) has sodium and a few is more regrettable than others. Limiting your sodium and... (more)

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by 0 · June 04, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Hi, I suffer from "carb face" and generally have to be on a very low carb diet in order to reduce the water retention predominantly in my face. I've noticed that 2 things help. The first is 24-hour water-only fasting. The second is high... (more)

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Girlgenius 0 · June 03, 2014 at 7:56 PM

The magnesium thing hints to me that you might have an electrolyte issue. If you also have muscle aches when it's not logical to have them, then I'd definitely suspect an electrolyte imbalance. You might recheck your carb amounts in your diet... (more)

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by 0 · September 18, 2013 at 3:11 AM

Water Retention please help!

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by 871 · September 16, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Hello All, I am looking for some clarification regarding retaining water/ bloating/ and inflammation. I have been living day to day with very noticeable bloating and inflammation and I am not sure what is causing it. If I go for a run, I look... (more)

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by 10 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

I have been transitioning into paleo over the past six weeks or so and I am experiencing pretty bad water retention. As in, if I lie or lean on something too long, it leaves a mark on my skin. I must have like 5 pounds of excess water on me. I am... (more)

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August 0 · June 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM

More food, probably. More salt even more likely. Read the labels on your salt (and on your fish) to make sure it is just natural salt. They put a lot of weird stuff in regular salt- pickling salt is just salt. You might be able to find other... (more)

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

So I have been on a strict paleo diet for about a year. No dairy, legumes, sugar, wheat, and very little fruit. Carbs are pretty low, fat pretty high, and protein is moderate. I was on vacation last week and thought It would be alright to eat... (more)

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paleoclimb 0 · April 16, 2013 at 3:44 AM

Without going to the doctor you can try reducing the salt from your paleo diet until it subsides, along with compression socks or stockings, as well as an antihistamine in case you had a severe allergic reaction to one of the foods you ate. If... (more)

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by 15 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

So I guess I'm allergic to Milk, Wheat, Soy, Tomatoes, peanuts, peas, Shrimp, Tuna and corn. Along with some pollens. It seems I developed EoE from it, I don't have heartburn, at least I don't think I do. Sometimes I get a burning below my... (more)

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raydawg 0 · April 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I'm not an expert on this by any stretch, but to me, it sounds like it might be, or related to, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overload.) Might be a good idea to read up on it to see if your symptoms match and see if its treatment helps. (more)

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by 3280 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

I'm hacking hydration, sodium and potassium. Is water retention as evidenced by how my ring fits on my finger a good indication of hydration? I believe I read that potassium attracts water to inside the cells, and sodium attracts water to... (more)

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Lumifer_1 0 · March 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM

In a word, no. By the time you have so much water retention that your fingers puff up, you're way way out of the proper balance.

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by 60 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

I recently started the paleo diet (1 month ago). I feel great and my athletic performance has improved too. Before this, I ate a high carb vegan diet then a moderate carb Mediterranean type diet. I grew up dealing with bedwetting all the way until... (more)

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Happy_Now 0 · January 07, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Makes perfect sense, especially if you are doing low carb, low salt, moderate to high protein, as all three of those things on their own will make you pee more, and together you have the peepee trifecta. This is what I would do: Try a higher... (more)

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by 43 · September 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Hello everyone I'm a quite strict follower of the Paleo Diet, but I've been on vacation for a week and a half now. And I'm planning to stay for a couple more days. I don't know why exactly, but I decided to go off Paleo during the time of the... (more)

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Britt_1 0 · November 21, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I can eat a single meal with gluten and gain 5 pounds. Of course that is water weight but my pants size will increase and I get puffy. Thats a single meal so I imagine that a lot of damage can be done in two weeks. I would get back on track when... (more)

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by 661 · September 16, 2014 at 7:43 PM

hi all, i am experiencing what i think is really bad water retention, its been going on for a long time. ive tried to describe this to my doctors but they dont believe me, i called it "swelling". ive had all the basic blood work done and came... (more)

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by 78417 · September 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Does your body react to lunar phases? I seem to retain water in the days preceding and during full moon and expel it as soon as full moon is over. It was worse when I had periods but still lingers. Also, last night I heard every dog bark and... (more)

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John_22 0 · February 27, 2012 at 6:56 AM

I have never slept well at the time of a full moon - has been the case since I was a teenager (I'm 45 now) - many, many, many times without knowing it was a full moon after tossing and turning I get up and - what do you know it's a bright night -... (more)

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by 156 · September 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

As everyone knows, it's commonly asserted that during a course of weight loss, an initial spike in weight lost is explained by reduction of water retention. Do you think there is any quality evidence in support of this? It seems plausible, but... (more)

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James_3 0 · November 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Yes and no. Just because you're dieting doesn't mean you're necessarily going to see a large amount of water weight loss. You really see that more radically on the low carb diets. The water weight is bound up in... (more)

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by 1198 · September 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I've had a strange experience with paleo. Nearly 9 months in, and I've never looked worse on a daily basis in my life. All of the physical transformations people usually describe are played in reverse for me. I'm a slim, 26 y.o. male, no... (more)

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Stabby 0 · November 03, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Sounds like a candida overgrowth. In one of his posts, Paul Jaminet noted that both high HDL and LDL can potentially promote a candida overgrowth, and if you were doing a VLC diet then you might have run into that.... (more)

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by 25 · September 16, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Like the title says, can spicy foods such as peppers and horseradish cause water retention? Ever since starting paleo the weight was coming off easy. But one thing I've noticed is that any day I seem to use mustard or horseradish, the scale stays... (more)

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Jason_11 0 · September 20, 2011 at 3:11 PM

I believe horseradish is a mild diuretic. Perhaps you're not drinking enough on the days you consume these items and as a result your body is holding on to more water? (Apologies, that's not very scientific!) It could also be coincidence...so many... (more)

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by 39821 · September 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

I've seen the ratio of glycogen:water listed anywhere from 1:2.4 to 1:4. In any case, there is water weight lost when someone restricts carbohydrate intake. Additionally, I just experimented with raising my salt intake for a few days and my weight... (more)

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luckybastard 0 · September 01, 2011 at 8:47 PM

from my experiences and thousands of others, the fat loss from going lc and vlc is very real. could the same loss for a very overweight or obese person be achieved by rote calorie counting or low fat? probably but i doubt it'd be as facile. the... (more)

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by 865 · September 16, 2014 at 7:27 PM

The snow has finally melted enough in the mountains for me to take some big all-day hikes... and I'm gaining weight like crazy. Five or more pounds a hike. I used to have this problem pre-paleo, but always attributed it to the post-hike food... (more)

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Karin_1 0 · August 06, 2011 at 9:05 PM

alrighty then...speaking strictly as a woman with water retention as a basic part of my life....i've learned that a cocktail of 1/2 lemon, (squeezed), 2 TB apple cider vinegar in a glass of water (and optional cayenne pepper sprinkle) does WONDERS... (more)

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by 865 · September 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM

So I decided to try a little n=1 experimenting with Paleo 2.0 and added sweet potato back into my diet (after 2.5 years LC Paleo). I'm eating approximately 10 ounces of sweet potato three times a week after fasted heavy weight training (17-18... (more)

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luckybastard 0 · May 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM

i guess it may depend on which one you value most, performance or aesthetic. i have to move to higher carb levels to get better lifts also but i think a happy medium can be found. start playing around with the carb timing- see if spacing out your... (more)

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by 5232 · September 16, 2014 at 7:22 PM

So, I'm prone to water retention. Every once in a while, I'll overdo it on the salt, or I get blasted with a wall o' PMS, and with it comes this flood of edema. It's as though my body simply loves to hold on to water for dear life or something,... (more)

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g_ 0 · May 03, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Being low on potassium can cause water retention. Coconut water is a good source. I like to buy the young coconuts, but the tetra-pak stuff is becoming increasingly easier to find. I seek it out if I suspect that's why I'm puffy. Steer clear of... (more)

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by 974 · September 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

This past weekend I ate more carbs then usual. Not from bad sugars-- mostly fruits and starchy veggies. Yesterday I ate mostly greens and starchy veggies and bit of fat (just not in the mood to eat protein yesterday) def ate lower calories --... (more)

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Shari_Bambino 0 · March 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Just jumping onto the pile. I'm up 4 lbs today after adding in some roasted beets, carrots and potatoes over the weekend. These are things I normally do not eat and my carbs were significantly higher over the weekend (calories also much higher) ... (more)

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by 18691 · September 16, 2014 at 7:19 PM

I have finally decided to try and give up my prescribed diuretic pills. In the past, when I have not taken them I've gained up to 10-12lbs in just a day or so. Lately, I've been feeling symptoms of dehyrdration and decided that was my body... (more)

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Louisa 0 · February 19, 2011 at 2:51 PM

If you can find ground chicory 'coffee' this is great for water retention and tastes just as good as coffee without the caffeine. I think in the U.S. it is pretty hard to find though..... I just looked in Mrs. Grieve's Modern Herbal and I read... (more)