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What is fluid retention?

Fluid retention or edema is an accumulation of fluids in the tissues, and therefore an important issue for the bodybuilder when dealing with cutting or definition.

Fluid retention is not a disease, but a simple metabolic disorder that can occur in the abdomen (important for gym enthusiasts as it hides your six pack) or the peritoneum, even in the hands, but most often occurs in the ankles and feet.

Within health, it is common for many athletes to produce water imbalances, for example due to abundant sweating that has not been compensated with a sufficient supply of water, which gives rise to edema, especially when training with high temperatures, which is why which fluid intake during training is so important.

Fluid retention and muscle definition

When fluid retention occurs, the blood vessels deposit a lot of fluid in the body tissues, or what is the same, these fluids that are stored in them are not being eliminated normally through the blood.
The same happens if the lymphatic vessels are unable to transport excess fluids from the body, which leads to fluid retention.

The causes for which fluid retention can occur can be endogenous or exogenous. The most frequent endogenous causes are being overweight, a malfunction of the lymphatic glands, or suffering from kidney, heart or liver failure. The usual exogenous causes are heat and humidity, the abuse of salt in meals, and especially in bodybuilders the intake of steroids that precipitate it, such as synthetic derivatives of testosterone.

These steroidal anabolics, when ingested in high doses, produce a notable increase in protein synthesis and muscle hypertrophy, modifying plasma lipoproteins, inhibiting HDL, by activating hepatic lipoprotein lipase, and increasing both LDL and apolipoproteins, which it gives them an atherogenic profile, which causes a retention of potassium, sodium, chlorine, phosphate, calcium and sulfur, thus contributing to fluid retention. Obviously, fluid retention is totally incompatible with perfect muscle definition, especially in regard to the abdomen, since it hides the muscles of the rectus abdominis.

Fluid balance

Organic functions always tend to balance liquids, between those that are consumed through food and drinks, with respect to those that are excreted, using mechanisms that modify our behavior to increase or decrease fluid intake, such as thirst. In turn, these liquids are excreted through the skin (sweat), lungs and feces, but it is through the kidneys where the greatest processing of liquids occurs, eliminating excess liquids through urine.

In this sense, an antiduiretic hormone called Vasopressin will be the one who finally controls the amount of liquids that must be excreted through the urine through the kidney. This hormone that is produced in the brain, also helps control blood pressure by intervening in the kidneys and capillaries, being able to regulate and maintain the volume of liquids, increasing or reducing the amount of water that passes into the urine, or which must return to the blood stream.

Vasopressin controls several factors such as:

• Control of blood volume and blood pressure in the event of dehydration or hemorrhage.
• Control of salts in the blood circulation, for example by not drinking enough water on a hot day, which would lead to dehydration.
• Control of thirst, vomiting, nausea.

Some exogenous substances, such as alcohol, interfere with the release of vasopressin, which causes increased urination and therefore dehydration. In general, a high level of vasopressin causes fluid retention, which increases the amount of water in the blood, causing it to be more diluted, and generating a severe decrease in salt concentration. Conversely, a low level of vasopressin causes the excretion of too many fluids, increasing urination, which can lead to dehydration and a drop in blood pressure.

Fluid retention and cortisol

Although the function of cortisol is to deal with stress, inhibiting the action of any other metabolic system that does not participate in the process, raising blood pressure and increasing metabolic sensitivity to catecholamines, epinephrine and norepinephrine and causing vasoconstriction that reduces blood flow in different areas, an anti-diuretic effect is generated with sodium retention, thus leading to fluid retention.
Since each of our cells has a cortisol receptor, those people who are subjected to stress are forced to retain liquids in addition to seeing the functions of their immune system inhibited.

How to solve fluid retention

For bodybuilders, it is essential to fight efficiently against fluid retention in order to successfully finish their cutting or definition period, helping their metabolism to maintain a better water balance by addressing the following issues:

• Drink water with electrolytes or what is the same, an isotonic drink during training.
• Add a natural diuretic such as glucomannan or green tea to the water.
• Increase potassium intake by eating a plantain or banana after training.
• Minimize salt in food.
• A good sleep cycle from 6 to 8 am.
• Add a diuretic to the diet.
• A diet based primarily on fruits and vegetables (especially pineapple).
• Eliminate the consumption of cured, smoked, salted foods, cured meats, cod, anchovies, serrano and york ham, olives and pickles.
• Eliminate potential stressors.

Frequently asked questions about fluid retention

What are the symptoms of fluid retention?
The most common symptoms are swelling, a feeling of swelling or heaviness in the abdomen, feet, ankles, legs, hands and arms.

How long does it take to remove it?
Fluid retention can be eliminated in about 2 weeks, provided a diuretic is used.
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