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Published on January 3rd, 2017 | by Michael Schwartz


Reduce Water Detention this Holiday Season  

One of the results of the holiday season is water retention. It can result from several things, but it generally stems from an imbalance in the potassium-sodium relationship. Stress can easily disturb this balance. It depletes nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. 

When calcium is depleted, the potassium-sodium ratio is disturbed, causing water to be retained. A person under stress will gain five to fifteen pounds of water weight almost immediately. This extra water weight puts additional strain on the heart muscle and joints, and can influence emotional well-being.

Here are some nutrients and herbs to assist in regaining proper water balance:

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Buchu leaf
  • Corn silk
  • Hydrangea
  • Parsley
  • Uva-Ursi
  • Watermelon seeds

Potassium and Vitamin B-6 work together to maintain the fluid balance of the body. Buchu leaf, corn silk, hydrangea, parsley, Uva Ursi, and watermelon are excellent diuretics.

 Stress is the result of how you respond to what you see and hear.  People have a tendency towards doubt and fear. This energy influences them to become more enmeshed in the material plane as a sense of security. Being heavy is one example. Symbolically, water retention represents holding on to material things, on one level, to provide security. Security in material reality is fleeting; one day you can have money, the next day be unemployed and at the mercy of external forces. Remember, you are never placed in a situation that you cannot overcome and master. Should you find yourself in tough straits, think back on that old adage about lemons and lemonade…and get squeezing! 

Water retention bloats the body, thus, making it larger. This can symbolize a need for protection. By making the body unappealing, the individual is spared certain physical interactions and emotional connections. This could be rooted in an uncomfortable experience from childhood.

As with weight gain, fluid retention could also indicate the need to express power by throwing one’s weight around. A key physical, and also symbolic, difference here is that apart from fluid retention’s contribution to the condition, weight gain is a matter of poor metabolism, whereas water retention represents an internal imbalance.

Potassium and Vitamin B-6

Water retention has its own nutritional requirements and symbolic interpretations. Both potassium and vitamin B-6 are fundamentals for balance and harmony in the material plane. Symbolically, both share the same energy, and that energy is regulation.

Vitamin B-6, which is a co-enzyme, and the mineral potassium, which is a co-factor, both work in helping the body to maintain proper balance. Symbolically, it indicates that you must have proper balance in dealing with life. You cannot be too materialistic nor should you be overly spiritualistic; taking either position or attitude is an indication of an imbalance.

Vitamin B-6 is involved in many transactions where the individual requires protection and regulation. It provides some protection from imbalances, but it is also involved in other aspects of thought. You might say that regulation leads to protection and that the consciousness of protecting self leads to having a balanced approach to life, one that reduces the possibility for exposure. An example of this would be playing outdoors during the winter. In this situation, it is best to dress in layers so that as you become overheated from play you can remove one layer of clothing. This will allow the body to maintain a fairly constant body temperature without the dangers of getting too cold or too hot.

For more information, visit michaelshealth.com or email michael383@me.com.

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