[MOMMY BABY] 6 TIPS ON REDUCING WATER RETENTION

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Upon finding out about my pregnancy, I have been worried about splurging on “eating for two” and gaining unnecessary weight. I’ve always envied those women who only grow on the bellies; who don’t even look pregnant from the back because they somehow manage to maintain slim arms and thin legs. I’ve been battling with keeping fit and monitoring my weight gain constantly, and one particular problem I have is water retention. Below are a dozen tips I abide by to make the days more bearable (and fat less visible). The goal is to maintain a “warm body”, not too hot, not too cold.

懷孕期間要注意的事情很多,不過最讓我困擾的其實是變胖的問題。我常看到許多懷孕的媽媽只胖 baby 沒胖到母體; 光看背影根本看不出來懷孕,因為手細腳細的,讓我超級羨慕。後來我發現許多時候並不是因為真的胖了,而是因為體質偏寒,容易水腫,所以看起來嘟嘟的,其實只是水分囤積在體內所造成的。為了打造溫暖又不上火、不偏寒的體質, 我整理出幾項頗有成果的好習慣:

1. Avoid leafy greens and fruits for dinner. Leafy greens and most fruits are generally cold in nature, therefore, they play an important role in relieving internal heat. However, consuming foods that are cold in nature at night when your body is preparing to go into resting mode may contribute to bad circulation, causing excessive water to retain in your body. For dinner, go for vegetables that are more neutral in nature such as rooted vegetables (carrots, yam, potato), broccoli, bell pepper, cabbage, etc., and consume your fruits during the day.

避免晚上食用葉菜類與水果。葉菜類與水果都屬寒性食物,對於解體內的火氣很有幫助。不過晚上是身體準備進入休息狀態的時間,吃進寒性食物會讓身體循環的功能受到影響,造成水分囤積的現象。中性的根莖類(蘿蔔、番薯、馬鈴薯等),花果類(花椰菜、包心菜),還有甜椒青椒等蔬果都非常適合在晚上吃。水果的部分則建議留在白天吃。

2. Avoid drinking iced/frozen drinks and ice cream.

避免喝冰的冷飲還有吃冰淇淋。

3. Drink red bean water. On days when the swelling is more visible, I make red bean water and just sip on it throughout the day. Red bean water works wonders as a natural diuretic and helps reducing swelling significantly. Easy recipe:

Red beans —— 1 cup

Water ————- 4 cups

Rinse the red beans thoroughly to clean. Bring water to boil. Turn off the heat and place red beans in the boiled water. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes, then voila it’s ready to drink!

喝紅豆水。 我通常一發現有水腫現象就會喝紅豆水消滅它。紅豆水是最天然的利尿劑,可以充分幫助可怕的水腫散去。簡單的做法如下:

紅豆 ——– 1 杯

水 ———– 4 杯

將水煮滾至沸騰後,關掉火侯。將清洗乾淨的紅豆倒入,悶蓋20至30分鐘。之後將紅豆過濾掉就可以直接飲用嘍。超簡單的吧?

Keep in mind to not simmer for too long; you don’t want the red beans to break and let out all the starch inside, or else you would be consuming a lot of carbs!

不過要切記紅豆不要悶太久,不然紅豆煮破的話,吃進去的可是澱粉喔。

4. Have a cup of warm ginger water every morning. Ginger has diuretic properties that help eliminate fluid retention in a natural way. Ginger is also thermogenic in nature and helps warming up your body temperature to stimulate circulation.

每天早上起床後先來一杯溫薑水。薑也是個天然的利尿劑,可幫助身體排出多餘的水分。它本身溫熱的性質更可以幫助休息過後的身體暖暖身,達到促進體內循環的功效喔。

5. Avoid processed and excessively salty foods. The problem with water retention may also be derived from the body’s excess sodium content. Once the sodium content is high, the water will be “trapped” in the body, resulting in swelling. Many processed foods contain much added sodium, especially if you have a habit of eating salty or heavy tasting foods.

避免加工過以及過鹹的食品。水腫原因脫離不了體內過多的鈉含量,一旦鈉含量過高,就會把水「鎖」在體內,形成水腫。許多加工食品含有大量添加鈉,而常常外食或是口味過重過鹹的人更是不自覺地吃儘許多鹽份,導致水腫問題不斷。

6. Lift your legs after a long day to help promote circulation.

在忙碌的一天過後抬抬腿,幫助血液循環。

What are some tips you follow to reduce water retention? Share with us in the comment section below!

你們有自己適用的消水腫法嗎?留言與我們分享吧!

xoxo,

S

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