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Is there a link between constipation and water retention?

Yes, but: Constipation is by definition decreased stool output. The delay of stool passage to the outside allows the colon to reabsorb water that was destined to be excreted out of the body. However, constipation by itself should not be the cause for increased fluid retention of the body as long as the kidneys are normal and able to excrete water as needed. Pay good attention to your salt and fluid intake. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Water Retention (Definition)

Water retention is a condition where a person, usually by some action of the kidneys or liver, stores more water than normal, in tissues throughout the body. This can lead to bloating, or a generalized ...Read more


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When eating gluten products i develop bloating, constipation, and water retention. Could I have gluten sensitivity, or celiac's disease?

When eating gluten products i develop bloating, constipation, and water retention. Could I have gluten sensitivity, or celiac's disease?

Gluten sensitivities: Wheat or gluten sensitivities include a wide spectrum of presentations from well-defined celiac disease to other vaguely defined conditions like ibs-like symptoms, and problems outside of the gut like gluten ataxia or peripheral neuropathy. Since it is complicated, a good history taken by your physician with supporting tests might me helpful to tell if you have sensitivities or allergy to wheat. ...Read more

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Why does any medication that causes water retention, make me ill. Its in most drugs. . ?

Why does any medication that causes water retention, make me ill.   Its in  most drugs. .  ?

Uncertain: There are clearly groups of medications such as otc arthritis medications that can predispose to water retention. But by no means does all medications alter fluid balance within human body. Excluding entirely medications that induce diuresis (urination). ...Read more

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Can diseases that often cause inflammation throughout the body also lead to water retention?

Can diseases that often cause inflammation throughout the body also lead to water retention?

Water retention: Inflammatory diseases might lead to water retention. Keep in mind that many medications that are used to treat inflammation, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, prednisone, etc may cause water retention or swelling. Water retention is also a side effect of other medications. ...Read more

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Does watermelon cause water retention?

Does watermelon cause water retention?

Watermelon: Watermelon is a delicious fruit that does not cause water retention, even though it's 91% water. In fact, it may help you get rid of water. It is fat-free and salt-free. It's full of great lycopene, an antioxidant important in cardiovascular and bone health. Enjoy fresh, red, juicy watermelon -- and maybe even have a seed-spitting contest. :-) http://tinyurl.Com/j865j. ...Read more

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Can sodium in the diet cause water retention?

Yes it can : Excess sodium in the diet is a big reason for swelling and water retention in a variety of disease states. Wherever sodium goes, water follows...Its called osmosis. ...Read more

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Could diseases that cause inflammation throughout the body also cause water retention?

Very possible: However, every disease is different. For instance autoimmune diseases cause fluid retention through causing kidney disease. Others could cause heart or liver disease, thereby, causing retention. ...Read more

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Are electrolytes similar to salts and cause water retention?

Are electrolytes similar to salts and cause water retention?

Yes: The most common "electrolyte" is salt. Some salts of other elements such as potassium are usually present. Many people retain water, experience swollen ankles, and feel bloated after too much salt consumption. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more