Water Retention?

gemma marshall

Standard Member
Jul 7, 2014
I have been on Metermine 15mg for 5 days. I am drinking approx 3.5 L of water daily and exercise every morning doing Gillian Michaels.. I am currently eating 3 small meals daily but my goal is to get to 5. I thought drinking and excercising this much my body would be flushing out any toxins however I find (without giving to much info) I am only going to the bathroom maybe 4 times a day. Is anyone else experiencing this and is it normal? Someone suggested I may have water retention as I have noticed slowly my weight is going up on the scales, I am not taking much notice as my weigh in day is Monday.


Well-Known Member
Standard Member
Jul 8, 2014
Sodium in diet

Sodium is an element that the body needs to work properly. Salt contains sodium.

The body uses sodium to control blood pressure and blood volume. Sodium is also needed for your muscles and nerves to work properly.

Food Sources
Sodium occurs naturally in most foods. The most common form of sodium is sodium chloride, which is table salt. Milk, beets, and celery also naturally contain sodium, as does drinking water, although the amount varies depending on the source.

Sodium is also added to various food products. Some of these added forms are monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and sodium benzoate. These found in items such as Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, onion salt, garlic salt, and bouillon cubes.

Processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, and ham, and canned soups and vegetables are all examples of foods that contain added sodium. Fast foods are generally very high in sodium.

Side Effects
Too much sodium in the diet may lead to:

  • High blood pressure in some people
  • A serious build-up of fluid in people with congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, or kidney disease
Sodium in the diet (called dietary sodium) is measured in milligrams (mg). Table salt is 40% sodium; 1 teaspoon of table salt contains 2,300 mg of sodium.

Healthy adults should limit sodium intake to 2,300 mg per day. Adults with high blood pressure should have no more than 1,500 mg per day. Those with congestive heart failure, liver cirrhosis, and kidney disease may need much lower amounts.

The specific amount of sodium intake recommended for infants, children, and adolescents is not clear. Eating habits and attitudes about food formed during childhood are likely to influence eating habits for life. For this reason, it is a good idea to avoid eating too much salt.


Premium Member
Nov 21, 2013
You can try a herbal diuretic, or fleurosemide to help flush your body. The herbal ones are quite safe, but if you use the pharmaceutical one do not use it more than once a week, as it may lead to mineral insufficiency. Too much salt certainly makes you retain water, as well as alcohol.

gemma marshall

Standard Member
Jul 7, 2014
Thank you both for your advise. My daily menu is 1/2 cup porridge, 1 optislim shake and veges and a very small piece of meat. I wonder if the shake has a lot of sodium. I am going to dry a diuretic and see how I go :)