“Does anyone else have this problem? Whenever I eat sugar I immediately begin to retain water. Meaning every drop I drink. I stop needing to use the bathroom”. – Sally M. Arizona
Sugar itself doesn’t cause water retention, but an over-indulgence in sugar can make your body over-produce the hormone insulin. It’s this insulin which causes water retention.
Insulin helps your body turn sugar into energy or into fat (if you have eaten so much sugar that you cannot use it all). Consuming too many sugary foods or drinks on a regular basis could lead to very high levels of insulin in your blood. Insulin makes you retain sodium, a mineral that’s found in salt. Whenever you retain sodium, you also retain water. Get rid of this water is to avoid sugar and see our recommendations at the end.
Effects of high sugar diets on renal fluid, electrolyte and mineral handling in relationship to blood pressure.
Department of Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC 20007.
SBP = (sucrose ingestion on systolic blood pressure)
Diets high in sugar showed significantly decreased urinary volume and excretion of electrolytes, which coincided with increasing SBP When low sugar diets replaced high sugar diets, SBP and urinary parameters rapidly returned to baseline. Spontaneously hypertensive received captopril while consuming high sugar diets, and both SBP and urinary parameters assumed baseline values, comparable to ones seen in SHR consuming low sugar diets. A direct angiotensin II receptor antagonist (DuPont 753) did not influence SBP. However, we found decreased PGE2 excretion in Spontaneously hypertensive consuming excess sugar.
Salt and water retention occur early during sugar-induced hypertension due to reduced renal excretion, consistent with some part in the pathogenesis. The effects of high sugar diets on SBP were not due to angiotensin II inhibition, however, decreased availability of vasodilatory prostaglandins may play a role in the renal events and sugar-induced hypertension in Spontaneously hypertensive.
Water Retention Causes and Treatments
Edema (water retention) & Swelling. Water retention is called Edema, which is the abnormal buildup of fluid in the body. Edema is commonly seen in the feet and ankles. Because of the effect of gravity, swelling is particularly noticeable in these locations.
But swelling due to water retention involves the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body structures. It is caused by excessive buildup of fluid in the tissues. This build up can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur throughout the body (generalized) or it may be limited to a specific part of the body (localized).
Certain medications may also cause water retention:
- Hormones, like estrogen (in birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy) and testosterone
- A group of blood pressure lowering drugs
- Venous insufficiency, a common problem caused by weakened valves in the veins of the legs. This makes it more difficult for the veins to pump blood back to the heart, and leads to varicose veins and build up of fluid.
- Severe chronic lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, increase pressure in the blood vessels that lead from the heart to the lungs. This pressure backs up in the heart. The higher pressure causes swelling in the legs and feet.
- Congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart can no longer pump efficiently, causes fluid build up in the lungs and other parts of the body. Swelling is often most visible in the feet and ankles.
- Low protein levels in the blood caused by malnutrition, kidney and liver disease can cause edema. The proteins help to hold salt and water inside the blood vessels so fluid does not leak out into the tissues. If the most abundant blood protein, called albumin, gets too low, fluid is retained and edema occurs, especially in the feet, ankles and lower legs.
1. Adrenal Malfunction
Sometimes water retention is a result of adrenal gland malfunction, and boosting its function is important for maintaining fluid levels.
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can also be a problem for people with candida, because it causes the body to produce adrenaline. One of the causes of low blood sugar is excessive drinking of alcohol, but we know that candida toxins are mostly alcohol in nature too, which would also cause low blood sugar.
Deep Breathing Exercise – Take 3-4 slow deep breaths in a row, and about 5 minutes later take another 3-4 slow deep breaths, and wait another 5 minutes and repeat it. This will help your body relax and change it over from the sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system, which will aid digestion and many other functions of the body.
This can be repeated as many times as necessary. But don’t do it so often that you start to hyperventilate. The key is to take the breaths very slowly, deeply and deliberately.
2. Kidney Malfunction
Since candida toxins make all cell membranes rigid and brittle, the kidneys can also be involved, just like any other organ or system throughout the body. This can result in kidney malfunction as well.
Symptoms of kidney malfunction:
- Edema (swelling) in any area of the body, may be generalized
- Foamy appearance of urine
- Weight gain (from fluid retention)
- Poor appetite
- Urination, excessive at night
- High blood pressure
- Excretion of protein in the urine
- Oval fat bodies in the urine
Trace Minerals #4205-1 brings balance.
3. Too Much Water
When runners collapse or get sick at the end of a long race, it seems logical to give them fluids. Sometimes, however, water is the last thing these athletes need. All had taken in too much water during their races, causing sodium levels in the blood to drop.
From there excess water is absorbed into blood and fluid builds up in the brain. Eventually, fluid accumulates in the lungs, and athletes become breathless and nauseated.
When runners collapse or become ill, the natural assumption may be that they are having a heart attack. Yet, rather than being a sign of heart attack, fluid build-up in the lungs — called pulmonary edema — may signal brain swelling.
The skin is dry it means there is a relative imbalance or deficiency of fats, especially compared to the levels of carbohydrates in the diet a low-fat diet. They are also often hypoglycemic and crave sugar.
4. Potassium Loss, Diuretic Drugs, etc.
While in the hospital a woman was given powerful steroids to treat her asthma. These raised her blood pressure. So she was given an antihypertensive drug. It made her dizzy.
When her ankles swelled, she was prescribed a diuretic to reduce water retention. But that dropped her potassium level. Naturally, potassium supplements were added. She was also given an osteoporosis drug. This made her stomach bleed.
When Dr. Weston A. Price was called to the bedside of dying people he took with him only two things:
- Butter Oil.
- High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil.
Dr. Price mixed the two together, and only 1 teaspoonful of the combination brought them back from the brink of death.
Primary health care should consist of nutrient-rich and natural treatments instead of drugs. Drugs or medicines should only be used very temporarily, and not without nutrient-rich body-building foods. Your body does not get sick from a lack of medicines or drugs. Your body gets sick from too many toxins and a lack of “proper nutrients” which are found in nutrient-rich foods directly from nature and pure as Nature’s Sunshine, they are top quality.
How to Balance Potassium & Sodium
Potassium is one of the electrolytes (minerals) that, along with sodium and chloride, are involved in the maintenance of normal water balance… The best solution to this problem is Trace Minerals #4205-1
5. The Hormone Connection
This group of glands, including the adrenals, the pituitary, the ovaries, the testes, the thyroid, and the hypothalamus are interrelated in impossibly complex ways, about which we’re just beginning to get glimpses of understanding.
“Touch one strand and the whole web trembles,” is the way endocrinologist Deepak Chopra puts it. The endocrine system controls all other systems of the body by means of chemical messengers, who wait for an answer.
Estrogen is produced in three main places in a woman’s body are the ovaries, the adrenal glands, and the fat cells.
Estrogen has a sister hormone called progesterone, whose functions are equally important. Progesterone is the other primary female hormone, which is produced in the ovaries. It is the precursor for both estrogen and testosterone, as well as all other natural steroid hormones.
If estrogen levels get too high, progesterone can no longer keep the dynamic balance. This is exactly what happens in American women who live their whole adult lives with pathologically high levels of estrogen. The main reasons for the high levels are refined carbohydrates, man-made fats and oils, and xenoestrogens – see below for a complete description.
6. Dr. John Lee talks about the “sea of estrogen” in which we exist as the result of many factors:
- hormones in meat
- PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls)
- foaming agents in soap and detergents
- tons of pesticides, herbicides
- condom spermicides
- plastic cookware & containers
- birth control pills
- HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
Taking progesterone hormones is not recommended.
Treatment for high levels of estrogen is to eliminate any sources of toxins or xenoestrogens, and to cure candida. This is because candida toxins makes all cell membranes go rigid and brittle, which means organs that produce hormones aren’t as able to function. Stiff cells are not as able to absorb hormones that are being produced, as well as nutrients and even water.
7. Kidney Failure Caused by taking Aspirin or Acetaminophen
Individuals who have kidney disease or other ailments who regularly take aspirin or acetaminophen may be boosting their risk of developing kidney failure.
Researchers report that such patients who were regular users — those who took these painkillers at least twice a week for 2 months — were two to three times more likely to have the beginning stages of chronic kidney failure, compared with individuals who did not use these painkillers on a regular basis.
This study and others have found that the risk is minimal in those without pre-existing kidney disease.
The results are consistent with exacerbating (increase in severity) effects of acetaminophen and aspirin on chronic renal failure, practically regardless of accompanying disease.
The New England Journal of Medicine December 20, 2001;345:1801-1808
Dr. Mercola’s Comment: About 15% of the people on dialysis today are there as a result of the damage that Tylenol and/or aspirin did to their kidneys. Twenty percent of those with heart failure are due to them taking NSAIDs. These drugs may also be associated with diverticular disease (see definition) of the colon.
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