Your body is approximately seventy percent water. Therefore even a small fluctuation in the amount of water in your body can change your weight. For those who monitor their weight regularly, it can be frustrating to see your weight fluctuate by as much as even five pounds despite having been very disciplined in what you ate. Other things being normal, this fluctuation can easily be caused by water retention.
Your body is extremely sensitive to how you treat it and in particular what you eat. Water retention or edema can be caused due to surprisingly not drinking too much water, consumption of excessive salt, not eating enough protein, deficiency of Vitamin B, Calcium and Magnesium, fluctuation of hormones, heat and your overall diet. When you start to watch what you eat especially refined carbohydrates, unless caused by other indicated reasons, it is very easy to lose the first ten pounds of body weight by eliminating water retention. This is because refined carbs results in re-absorbtion of sodium in your body and increases water retention.
There are several easy ways to deal with water retention. Exercise, even simple waking, helps in reducing water retention. Avoiding foods that are high in sodium and refined carbs also helps reduce water retention. Eating foods high in potassium, such as tomato and avocado, is extremely useful as potassium helps in reducing the sodium in your body. Ensuring that you drink plenty of water is universally accepted as good for you, and in this context too, drinking water center-intuitively helps in reducing water retention. Other remedies used to reduce water retention include consuming parsley, fennel, corn silk, nettle and garlic.
Water retention in itself is not harmful for you unless you have swelling of say your feet. However, it can indicate that your body is out of balance because of other factors indicated and needs attention including the need to drink water.