If you suffer from water retention you could have several possible symptoms. Water retention symptoms vary from one person to the next. Some of the classic symptoms include
- A swollen, bloated tummy
- Breast tenderness (women)
- Swollen legs, feet or ankles
- Exercise and low calorie diet doesn’t help you lose weight
- Getting up at night to urinate
- Waking up in the morning with a swollen face
One very sure symptom of water retention is when your body weight fluctuates a lot within a very short time. Try weighing yourself a couple of times a day, every day for two weeks. If the readings fluctuate a lot, for instance if you weigh several pounds less on Tuesday than you did on Monday, you could have water retention. Only water can cause such rapid changes in your weight.
A classic test for water retention which doctors carry out is to press a finger into your shin-bone. If it leaves a dent, this is a definite water retention symptom.
Of all symptoms, the one most difficult to spot is weight gain. There is plenty of capacity for your body to retain water all over, and gradually expand, making you look fat. This type of fat has a puffy appearance, while real fat hangs and sags, and can actually be ‘pinched by the inch’. For instance, love handles are real fat.
Sometimes water leaks out of the small blood vessels in your tummy and collects inside, where it swishes around. This is another type of water retention, although it is not common and mostly occurs in alcoholics.
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