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Water retention and excess estrogen: What’s the natural treatment ?


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Water retention occurs when there is an accumulation of water in body tissues, leading to swelling. It occurs mainly in areas such as the fingers, thighs, stomach and legs.

Water retention, often linked to excess estrogen, can be a source of discomfort. Here are some practical tips to help you understand and overcome the problem.

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Causes of water retention

Several factors can contribute to water retention:


  • Hormonal imbalance: 

Hormonal fluctuations, particularly an excess of estrogen, can influence water retention. This is common during certain periods such as menstruation and menopause.

  • Diet: 

Excessive sodium (salt) intake can lead to water retention. Similarly, an unbalanced diet can influence fluid levels in the body.

  • Prolonged posture: 

Standing or sitting for long periods can compromise blood circulation, leading to fluid accumulation.

  • Circulatory problems:

Circulation disorders, such as venous insufficiency, can contribute to water retention.

  • Pregnancy:

Hormonal changes and increased weight can increase the likelihood of water retention in pregnant women.

  • Medications: 

Certain medications, such as antidepressants and anti-inflammatories, can cause water retention as a side effect.


Excess estrogen: the link with water retention

Estrogens, essential hormones in the female body, play a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes. However, an excess of these hormones can sometimes upset the water balance, contributing to water retention. This often occurs during hormonally sensitive periods such as menstruation or menopause.

Several factors can lead to excess estrogen, including natural hormonal fluctuations, thyroid gland disorders, or exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment.


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Discover natural solutions

Hydration :

Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. This keeps body fluid moving, which is essential for efficient lymphatic circulation.

Regular walking : 

Walking is a great way to activate lymphatic circulation. Try to walk regularly and adopt an energetic gait.

Draining self-massage: 

Simple techniques to stimulate lymphatic circulation and reduce water retention. Use slow, circular movements with the palms of your hands, especially on areas such as the ankles, knees and thighs.

Accompany your massage with our [MY] Happy Cycles body serum. Certified organic, it’s gentle on the skin and rich in decongesting, draining and soothing active ingredients. 

What’s more, it contains natural ingredients with incredible properties:

Arnica Montana, rich in anti-inflammatory and analgesic principles, is recognized for its calming and soothing properties by the WHO. It is a powerful ally against discomfort and painful tension.

Ginkgo Biloba, rich in antioxidants, has circulatory and draining properties.

Immortelle hydrosol has recognized circulation-boosting properties, as well as the ability to soothe inflammation, redness, itching and skin discomfort.

– Our Liquorice extract has a decongestant and antioxidant action.


Check out some self-massage videos from our partner Fabienne Crocq, certified in Naturopathy.


Leg-lifting exercises:

 Lie on your back and raise your legs vertically against a wall for a few minutes. This helps drain lymph from the legs to the upper body.

Alternative medicine: 

Methods such as acupuncture can help restore hormonal balance and reduce retention.

Foods to choose and avoid:

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are the first choice for regulating estrogen levels and preventing water retention. 

They are rich in sulfur compounds that help the liver to metabolize estrogen efficiently. 

In addition, flax and chia seeds are valuable sources of omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, which promote hormonal balance. 

Berries, meanwhile, are loaded with antioxidants and fiber, contributing to better hormone management. 

However, it is essential to limit consumption of foods rich in refined sugars and saturated fats. Alcoholic beverages and ultra-processed products should also be avoided, as they can disrupt hormone function and promote water retention.

Discover our recipe booklet for more healthy ideas.


Physical activity and detox :

Regular physical activity and gentle detoxification methods can help alleviate the symptoms of water retention.

To help alleviate the effects of excess estrogen on water retention, discover a range of natural products. Our herbal supplements and targeted nutrients are specially formulated to support a healthy hormonal balance. They are designed to support women in their hormonal well-being.



By understanding the link between water retention and excess estrogen, you now have simple but effective keys to significantly improve your quality of life. 

By incorporating these wise food choices into your diet, you can actively help maintain balanced estrogen levels and prevent the discomforts associated with water retention. And don’t forget the importance of self-massage, a practice that can significantly help stimulate lymphatic circulation and reduce water retention. 


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