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Natural Diuretic Foods for Weight Loss

Updated on August 2, 2012

Several natural diuretic foods for weight loss are available. Diuretics flush out excess water from the body. Diuretics are also known as water tablets.They flush out excess water by generating more urine. The loss of water from the body makes you to weigh less. Excess water in the body may increase the chances of heart failure. Diuretics may help to combat high blood pressure. Three types of diuretics are available in the market they are thiazides, potassium sparing and loop diuretics. Several herbal diuretics are also quite effective in reducing weight.

Diuretics to Reduce Weight

Athletes and other sports persons take diuretics to reduce weight. The body weight is reduced as excess water is flushed out through urine. Some athletes take anabolic steroids which increases fluid retention in the body. Diuretics not only flush out excess water but also hide the evidence of anabolic steroids in the body. Anabolic steroids are performance enhancing drugs.

Diuretics are generally taken in the tablet form. They can also be taken as injections. The effect of diuretics lasts 24 hours.It is best taken in the in the afternoons to avoid disturbing sleep at night. Diuretics reduce the levels of potassium in the body. So potassium rich foods need to be taken. It is necessary to consult a doctor before taking diuretics as it may interfere with other medication and also cause side effects.

Side Effects of Diuretics

Diuretics may cause facial hair growth, baldness, and changes in voice and aggressive behavior in women. They may also cause reduction in the size of the breasts. Men may develop swollen nipples, prostrate and testicular cancer. It may also shrink the genitals.

Diuretics help kidneys to increase the amount of sodium in the urine and thus help to absorb more water from the blood stream reducing pressure on the blood vessels. It is used in the treatment of hypertension, edema, glaucoma, kidney diseases and liver cirrhosis.

Herbal Diuretics

There are several naturally occurring diuretics. They are relatively safe. Some of the herbal diuretics are apple cider vinegar, cranberries, nettle, marshmallow, saffron, and spearmint. Caffeine which can be found in coffee is also a natural diuretic.

Herbal diuretics can be eaten raw or taken in the form tea. Herbal diuretics are of great value as they can be used in the treatment of hypertension, back ache, bladder ache and lymphatic swelling.

Apple Cider Vinegar Diuretic

Apple cider vinegar helps to flush out the excess sodium and fluids from the body. This helps to lower the blood that is pumped in and out of the heart. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium which is good for the heart. It not only helps to reduce weight but also reduces blood pressure.

The recommended dosage of apple cider

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp of honey

1 glass of water

Add apple cider vinegar and honey to water and drink it twice a day.

Cranberry Juice Diuretic

Cranberry juice is an antioxidant. it is also rich in natural fibers and vitamins. Cranberry juice helps to get rid of excess water from the body through urine. It also helps to prevent the formation of kidney stones. It is also good for urinary tract, kidney and bladder infections.

Caffeine Diuretic

Caffeine is a natural diuretic. Caffeine is a stimulant.which increases the heart rate and blood pressure. Caffeine does not allow the bladder to hold urine for long. This causes frequent urination and the diuretic effect.

These are some of the natural diuretic foods for weight loss


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    • bnsridhar profile image

      bnsridhar 6 years ago from India

      Thanks for the information. I have made the necessary correction. Herbal medication sometimes does interfere with synthetic medication. Even garlic which is supposed to have excellent curative properties is said to interfere with chemotherapy. I feel that most of the information we get on new developments and research findings may not necessarily be true. One finding contradicts the other. I believe that herbs can be used quite effectively to prevent diseases.

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I enjoyed and agreed with the information in this hub until I read the statement that herbal diuretic do not cause any harm to the body. I agree that the likelihood of harm is low, but anything taken into the body, whether natural or synthetic. Marshmallow, for instance, can interfere with the absorption of other medications or herbs.

      I think if you modify the safety statement about herbs, you will have a stronger and more accurate hub.