First I want to apologize for this blog post being so late. I hope you all understand how busy things can get and how fast time flies. This time of year is very busy for my family and school has me until the end of July. After I finish these two summer classes I hope to devote more time to blogging. Anyway, let’s get to the real stuff! Someone at work asked me about natural diuretics. I decided to use for my blog the research I used to answer her question. So here it is: the foods and herbs that serve as natural diuretics.
There are many herbs that help to rid the body of excess water (Story, Colleen, 2015). These can be found in the form of teas, pills, the herb flower/leaves, essential oils, and extracts. Dandelion helps to increase urine production. What is generally considered an overpowering weed has several vitamins and minerals. The entire plant can be used, from the root to the flowers. Dandelion has other benefits as well such as helping to relieve stomach complaints, indigestion, and fever, improve the immune system with the vitamin C and zinc content and inflammation (Ehrlich, Steven, 2015). A study done with mice showed that dandelion worked as well as prescribed diuretics (UHN Daily, 2017).
Another herbal remedy for water retention is parsley. Parsley is one of the better herbal remedies to choose because it spares the excretion of electrolytes (UHN Daily, 2017). Parsley can be consumed in various forms such as oils and extracts, teas, pills, and the plant itself-dried or fresh. There are different kinds of parsley, any of which work to reduce water retention, curly leaf and flat leaf (Italian). Parsley can also help to help with menstrual problems, strengthening the immune system, and avoiding seasonal allergies (Rogers, Joshua, 2017).
A third herbal remedy for water retention is juniper berry. Juniper can be found in several forms as with the previous herbs, in addition to gin. Juniper works by increasing the rate of the kidneys and thus increasing the volume of urine produced. Juniper berry offers a varity of others benefits to human health such as contributing to bladder health and preventing urinary trace infections. Juniper also helps to prevent and remedy intestinal gas. In addition to maintaining health digestion and detox-ing the body this herb helps to prevent and cure gastrointestinal cramps (Baseline of Health Foundation, 2017; WebMD, LLC, 2017). Juniper oils have also been known to manage stress, worry and anxiety (Mercola, Joseph, 2017). Like parsley, juniper does not eliminate potassium (Healthline.com, 2017).
Many of the herbal diuretics offer the same additional benefits as the others above. Instead of going through each one, leading to repetition, I will list the names of a few more diuretic herbs: horsetail, hibiscus, buchu, and butcher’s broom. If you have any questions about a specific herbal, please do not hesitate to comment or email me. I am willing to do additional research upon request (UHN Daily, 2017;
In addition to herbal diuretics there are foods that act the same. Foods such as watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, celery, cranberries, carrots, eggplant, artichoke, asparagus and grapes are safe, healthy, and natural ways to fix water retention (Progressivehealth.com, 2017). The high water content, fiber and vitamins help the body in many other ways too, such as good digestion, a healthy GI tract, and strengthened immune system.
Once again, I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email me. I plan to have the next post on time, July 1st!