The human body contains 55% water in women and 60% in men. This water is located within and between our cells, which pass daily through our arterial capillaries and are then absorbed again by our venous and lymphatic capillaries. It is a bit like a cleansing of our cells, but beware, it sometimes happens that part of the water is not reabsorbed normally and, in this case, it remains stored in the fatty tissues located between the dermis and the hypodermis.
We call this water retention phenomena or edemas which preferably affect the lower limbs of the body (thighs, legs, but especially ankles and feet). The accumulation of fluid causes swelling that is perfectly visible to the eye.
But how can you be sure that you have edema? When pressure is exerted on the skin, it remains visible for several seconds. Be careful, this pressure can also cause some pain, so don't panic right away. In short, water retention can have several origins, for example local causes that we also call venous insufficiency. This is caused by poor blood circulation in the veins of the lower limbs that are unable to pump enough blood back to the heart.
Or such as pulmonary or renal pathologies, a deficient functioning of the thyroid gland, such as heart failure, which is the first mentioned cause. But also certain drugs can cause these phenomena. The first thing to do is to consult a doctor. The latter will determine the causes and implement medical treatments, if necessary.
Passive lymphatic drainage, which is a massage performed by a massage therapist or pressotherapy, can also bring improvements. Recently you could also buy an infusion of dandelion in our store, which is for its qualities against water retention. Indeed, it is a natural diuretic, recognized in the traditional pharmacopoeia to stimulate lymphatic circulation and eliminate excess water but also waste trapped in the tissues.