Hello Ms. Lazarides. I am a 42yo male with a history of ulcerative colitis since I was 20yo. I am currently in remission, but due to drug allergies, exacerbations can be controlled only by cortizone over long periods of time. I always put a lot of weight with cortizone. I was 200lbs when I started treatment and bloated up to 260lbs, while being on a strict diet (no salt). What bothers me is that the extra weight, which is definitely not due to overeating, does not seem to go away even if it is over 1 1/2 year that I have completely stopped cortizone treatment. Everyday my ankles are swollen, and even the softest of socks will leave marks on my calves. My heart function is normal and my hormone levels (cortizol, thyroid, blood sugar) are normal too. I think I could benefit from the Waterfall Diet.
Fluid retention in legs is a common condition caused by many factors, including illness, medications, and a high salt intake. Most cases of edema can be treated easily at home by improving your diet, exercising regularly, and taking herbal supplements to eliminate excess water from your body. A few simple changes can make a large difference in the overall quality of your life and reduce excess edema at the same time. Before making any drastic lifestyle changes or adding a lot of supplements to your diet, consult with a doctor to rule out dangerous conditions that might be causing your edema.
Water retention is not simply "water", but sodium ions trapped underneath the skin, and is why your sweat tastes salty. Sweating is a way the body regulates its temperature, and if you are sweating, it means your metabolism is in high gear. A higher metabolism equals a higher resting body temperature, so a trick you can use is to sit in a sauna, and keep drinking water or coconut water. In the beginning, your sweat will taste salty, telling you that you are retaining sodium, but after a while, your sweat will begin to taste like water. This tells you that you have sweat most of the sodium out that was being retained underneath your skin, and have lost a good portion of that muscle-masking fluid.