You may be surprised to learn that water can in fact make the scale readings go higher.

The human body comprises approximately 60% water. Water thus serves an essential role and is necessary for the optimal functioning of our body.

Water retention

If excess fluids build up inside your body, water retention may result. So when you stand on the scale and notice a higher reading, there is a possibility that this is due to water and not fat.

Bear in mind though that fluid retention can occur during pregnancy or during the menstrual cycle. It can also be a side effect of some medical conditions, in which case you will need to see your doctor. These conditions include heart, kidney and liver disease.

Here are three simple things that you can do to reduce water weight.

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Are you stressed?

Stress has many effects on our body, including water retention. This is due to the release of the hormone called cortisol.

Take care of your mental health and manage your stress levels effectively. Consider performing relaxation techniques, engaging in a hobby or talking to a friend about your issues when stressed. There are also professional counsellors that you could turn to, if your problems are serious and you need help.

Too much sodium in diet

Consuming too much sodium can lead to fluid retention. Manage you intake of salt better by cutting down on the foods that contain high amounts of salt. Processed, junk and refined foods usually contain a lot of salt so be sure to read food labels, before eating any of these foods.

In addition, if you tend to add salt to your meals, perhaps give it a skip every now and again or at least try to use a far lesser amount.

Get a good workout

Getting a good workout will make you sweat more. The more you sweat, the more water you will lose.

Try to create a routine exercise programme for yourself. This will help you to create a good balance of body fluids. Note that you may lose more water as you increase the intensity of your workout.

Consult your doctor

Always remember to consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise regime or making intense changes to your current one – especially if you suffer from any medical conditions and for some reason are required not to place your body or yourself under any form of stress or strain.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.