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Water retension

Does anybody have any ideas regarding how to reduce water retention, I have a stone in my liver so I can't take water retention tablets

I am on 2 grains of NDT, iron and Metformin for Pcos

Thank you in advance

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Not sure whether this helps but I supplement minerals and vitamins but I've noticed recently that if I've missed a day then the next day after my dose I am getting rid of more fluids. No idea why, just an observation. It may be that taking the supplements more of my Levo is getting into my body or converting better but you are taking T3 anyway so may be your dose isn't high enough but no recent experience with NDT so not familiar with the dosage you are taking.

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I am only on 18mcg which is in the armour!

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Try Hibiscus water on a daily basis. Acts like a diuretic, without harming liver or kidney.

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I'll give this a go in the meantime thank you x

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Hi The most important thing is to drink plenty, preferably water.I have stones and cysts and have diuretics, lots. I would ask for a second opinion if it was me.

Best wishes,

jackie

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I will do, thank you x

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If you are retaining water then the last thing that you should do is increase your fluid intake !

Firstly, you need to find-out why you are retaining water.

Have you had your renal function checked recently?

Secondly, you need to ensure that you are not taking-in more fluids than you are passing-out.

If you have a build-up of fluid because of driinking too much, you risk getting fliud in your lungs and around your heart, which will restrict your breathing and create the risk of infection.

I have CKD and I have been going through this myself for the last two months and it is very unpleasant, believe me.

Nettle leaf tea is reported to be a good diuretic and, apparently, has many other health benefits.

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No that is a misunderstanding. 3 top consultants tell me drinking more is essential, kidney liver and cardiac.

Jackie

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Surely the advice that you received is for whatever specific problem that you have and it does not mean that it is appropriate for all cases of fluid retention, regardless of the cause ?

The priority is to find-out why fluid is being retained. Only when there is an answer for this can the appropriate remedial action be taken.

In my case, I know why I was retaining fluid (due to a reduction in Kidney function) and the appropriate action was to reduce my fluid intake.

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HI It was general information and I retain litres of fluid.

Jackie

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Increase your NDT, you are very likely not optimal yet. 2 grains is a very low dose, you aren't even topping up your natural production because the feedback loop would have reduced your natural production. A full replacement dose for what your thyroid should produce and to suppress the feedback loop is usually between 3 and 5 grains.

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Ok thank you, I'll try to increase my dosage thank you x

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I have discovered that some fruits act - for me, that is - as a natural diuretic.... Peaches and strawberries mainly :)

Also, it is sometimes suggested that bouncing on a rebounder helps move lymphatic fluid, which can also be a problem that gives rise to what might seem like water retention but is actually a sluggish lymphatic system. Might be worth a try if you have access to a rebounder - or even a trampoline..... (I realise that not everyone has one behind the sofa like me :o/).

:)

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I have read dandelion & nettle teas are good for relief of water retention, plus celery!

Also, drinking lots of water and exercise

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Be very careful as to how you interpret that. It is surprising how little water can be too much in someone who is reasonably healthy, let alone in a person whose health is already less good.

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