Diuretics are substances that stimulate the kidneys to help the body get rid of the unwanted fluids and salts by increasing the output of urine. Diuretics are used to treat and prevent a number of conditions like high blood pressure, glaucoma and fluid retention (causing swelling or edema) and many other medical conditions in a person’s body.
Diuretics can be synthetic (prescription or over the counter drugs) or natural. There are many plant foods, beverages and herbs that have diuretic effect and can be used as home remedies for diuretics.
There are many natural diuretics, some of which contain phytochemicals and others simply contain diuretic properties that help to increase your urine output due to their high water content.
Asparagus is a vegetable with high content of amino acid asparagine that acts as a natural diuretic. Enhancing the performance of kidney, this vegetable increases the urine output and also helps the body get rid of excess salt. This vegetable is highly beneficial for patients with high blood pressure, heart disease and edema or swelling.
Because of its high water content, cucumber has a great diuretic effect. Cucumber also contains sulfur and silicon which helps the kidneys in removing uric acid as well as all the accumulated toxins more efficiently from the body. The combined effect of phytochemicals, high water content and absorbic and caffeic acid contained in cucumber produces more urine as a result of which, it helps the body get rid of fluids that are causing swelling by excreting them in the form of urine.
Its antioxidant properties protect the cell and blood vessels. This protection allows drainage of fluids from swollen areas through kidneys, without causing leakage of fluids into tissue and also prevents damage of the veins.
Grapes are considered to be one of the best natural diuretics due to the presence of potassium and high water content. Its low salt content makes it even more beneficial. Grapes help the body get rid of excess fluid by increasing bile flow and urine production by improving glycogenic and liver functions.
Its antioxidant properties prevent swelling that is caused by the damaged blood vessels. Its detoxifying effect allows the kidney to work more efficiently, as a result of which kidneys excrete more fluids from the body.
Watermelon contains water in abundant amounts due to which it works as a great diuretic as it promotes an increase in urination and thus, helps in flushing out the excess fluids as well as the toxins out of the body.
Silica contained in oats has great diuretic effect. It also helps to keep the digestive system healthy by encouraging easy bowel movement.
Apple cider vinegar contains potassium. When an individual’s level of potassium in the body is low, the cells try to fill with water which causes swelling and water retention in the body. Apple cider vinegar can refill the potassium level and reverse fluid retention in the body.
Carrots also contribute in removing the waste and fat deposits and speed up the metabolism. Lettuce and tomatoes eaten as salad can provide great diuretic effect by speeding up metabolism and flushing out toxins from the body efficiently.
Some other very effective diuretic foods include beets, onions, Brussels sprout, carrots, leafy green, pumpkin, watermelon, eggplants and pineapple. Brussels sprouts helps in cleansing the cells by making the kidneys and pancreas function properly. Beets help in attacking the fatty deposits responsible for water retention.