Detox And Weightloss: Temporary Fixes To A Permanent Problem

By Dr. Sheetal, February 27, 2019

Are you experiencing sudden and inexplicable weight gain and swelling?


Your body might be retaining too much fluid.

Your sudden gain in weight might not be due to those junk food crawls, midnight snack runs, or even those dessert binges. Going on detox shouldn’t be your immediate go-to remedy. Detox and weight loss aren’t always a positive correlation.

Sometimes, what might appear as weight or fat gain on the surface could actually be swelling or bloating. Caused by the accumulation of fluid in the body. While temporary and easily treatable in most cases: it can sometimes be an indication of a different medical condition. It is important to know why you are gaining weight. So that you can make an informed decision to take the best course of action.


Symptoms of Fluid Retention:

  • Localized swelling in extremities (Localized Edema)
  • Weight gain (Generalized Edema)
  • Discolored skin
  • Areas of skin that stay indented when pushed in with a finger
  • Aches and tenderness in the limbs
  • Stiffness in the joints
Fluid Retention

An average of approximately 60%-70% of the human body is composed of water. Water is absolutely vital for the body to function properly. There is a reason hydration is key. The circulatory system uses fluid to move nutrients, gases, and wastes to and from cells. To fight diseases as well as to help stabilize the body’s temperature and pH.

Fluid Retention (also known as edema) in the body is an excessive accumulation of fluid. In the circulatory system, body tissues and/or cavities.

How does swelling due to fluid retention occur?

Two types of fluids move through the circulatory system: blood and lymph. The blood and the heart and blood vessels form the cardiovascular system. The lymph and the lymph nodes and lymph vessels form the lymphatic system.

One of the lymphatic system’s major jobs is to collect extra lymph fluid from body tissues. And return it to the blood. This process is important because water, proteins, toxins and other substances are continuously leaking out of tiny blood capillaries into the surrounding body tissues. Which in turn needs to be eliminated from the body. The removal of this excess fluid from the body is known as Detoxification.

Causes of Fluid Retention:
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Low Blood pressure
  • Protein Deficiency
  • Premenstrual fluid retention
  • Having excess salt in the diet
  • Heart and Kidney disorders
  • Some medications like birth control pills, anti-inflammatory drugs



Detox and diet

Today detox and weight loss diets are more popular than they have ever been. They claim to cleanse the bloodstream and remove all forms of toxins from the body in a short period of time. The process typically involves a specific time-frame of fasting; followed by a strict diet of fruits, vegetables, juices, herbs, teas and sometimes cleansing supplements.

Detox therapies are generally recommended to victims of exposure to toxic substances. In order to flush them out of the system. Through our immediate environment, our body is often exposed to such chemicals. And thus are equipped to deal with them naturally without external assistance.

Research on detoxification diet plans is insufficient. There is a lack of evidence to prove a correlation between detox diets and healthy detoxification as well as detox and weight loss.

Home remedies for Detoxification:

  • Reducing salt intake
  • Increasing intake of Magnesium, Potassium and Vitamin B6
  • Improving physical activity
  • Avoid processed foods
  • Drink 8-12 glasses of fluids (water, fruit juices, milk)
  • Keep the lower extremities on a raised level for 3 to 4 times in a day
  • A massage in the direction of the heart

A real solution to excess Water Retention- Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage treatment activates the flow of lymph through the lymphatic pathways. In the body which collect and removal of waste products from the body tissues.

Define Aesthetics Lymphatic Drainage treatment uses intermittent pneumatic pressotherapy to massage the extremities of the body. This stimulates the lymphatic system, activating the lymphatic pathways in the body which collect waste products and facilitate lymphatic drainage from the body tissues.

How Lymphatic Drainage Treatment can benefit you:
  • Helps in the drainage of fat and its metabolites
  • Improves Circulation
  • Reduces Water Retention
  • Accelerates weight loss by reducing toxins
When do you need Lymphatic Drainage Treatment?


  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Diabetic Angiopathy
  • Chronic Edemas
  • Obesity
  • Oncology (After ablation, nodectomy or radiotherapy)
  • Posttraumatic Care (Burn injuries, re-absorption after injury, scars etc.)


  • Cellulite Reduction
  • Varicose Veins Prevention
  • Lipoedema
  • Detoxification
  • Skin Texture Improvement
  • Post-liposuction Care



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