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Weight Management

Water Retention

Fluid retention in the tissues can lead to a feeling of bloating or discomfort, where clothes do not feel like they fit and are uncomfortably tight. It commonly occurs around the abdomen or in the ankles, and in women, can be linked to the monthly cycle and fluctuations in oestrogen. The fluid balance in the body is governed by the lymphatic system, which collects up fluid from the tissues and by the kidneys, which control how much fluid is retained by the body or released in urine. It is also important to have good blood circulation to the tissues and poor circulation can be particularly to blame when the fluid retention occurs in the ankles, as the circulation in the leg needs to be strong enough to work against gravity and transport the blood back up to the heart.

Nature’s answer to fluid retention

If the ankles and lower leg are affected, then give your circulation as much help as you can by using gravity and massage. Lying on your back with your legs resting up the wall can help, or even just relaxing with your legs elevated as much as possible on cushions.  A gentle massage to the affected area or body brushing in the shower with a bristly brush can all assist.

The type of herbs that can help with water retention are called diuretics, these release fluid from the tissue and increase urination to remove it from the body. Paradoxically, it is important to make sure you drink enough water to flush the system through: drinking more water will actually help water retention rather than making it worse. Herbal diuretics are nettle leaf and dandelion leaf which can both be taken as tea. Biohealth Lowater tablets contain Buchu, Dandelion, uva Ursi and Pasley Piert Extracts.

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight requires balancing nutrient intake with usage by the body. When the energy taken in outweighs the energy used then the body coverts this into fat and stores it, causing weight gain and change of shape. Stress and hormonal imbalances can affect the foods we crave and also the rate at which it is used or stored. If your weight changes dramatically and is associated with other symptoms such as lethargy, skin and hair problems or a feeling of cold then consult your GP to rule out problems with the thyroid gland. It is important to maintain a healthy weight, obesity can cause a strain on the heart muscle and increase the risk of developing Type II Diabetes

 Natures’ answer to excess weight gain

First of all, look at the cause – have you been under stress for a while?  Chronic stress can lead to the accumulation of fat around the middle area (a “spare tyre”) forming an apple shape in both men and women. Craving sugar more than usual can also be a symptom of stress and also be linked to PMS for some women as part of their monthly cycle, so taking B vitamins, which can help to regulate the cycle, may be helpful. In general, sugar cravings can be reduced by taking chromium supplement or cinnamon. A tea made of cinnamon and liquorice may help to balance blood sugar while providing a calorie-free sweet taste to help satisfy the craving. Try to eat meals that will sustain you for a longer time and help balance out blood sugar. This means choosing complex carbohydrates (brown rice, bread and pasta) rather than simple sugars.  Energy snacks based on plant protein (nuts and seeds) will give you a longer lasting energy boost than sugary sweets. The GI index is a helpful scale, the higher a food on the GI scale the better in terms of balancing out blood sugar. Solgar Thermogenic Complex provides 8 key ingredients  which may aid in your weight management plan.