Natural Diuretics for Water Retention

Herbs such as dandelion, ginger, and juniper may have a diuretic effect that can help with water retention.

Things to consider before taking diuretics

But before you take any of these herbs, find out first if retention problem has an underlying medical cause. Ask your doctor about the possible causes of water retention and bloating.

Also, beware of so-called natural diuretics or supplements that can have a negative effect on medical conditions that you have, or interact with medicines that you take. Some of these supplements contain several ingredients, and they are not regulated by the government; which means that you may not have any idea what you are taking or how much.

The truth about natural diuretics

Natural diuretics work by making you pee more. However, there is very little proof of their scientific effects so they may not be as effective as you would expect. And if you want to lose weight, natural diuretics won’t help much.

Managing water retention

Making lifestyle changes may be a more effective way to manage water retention – particularly it is related to menstruation. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Reduce your sodium intake. Opt of reduced-sodium processed foods.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables – particularly those rich in water like watermelons and cucumbers – can make you urinate more frequently, thus reducing water retention.
  • Drink more water. As weird as it sounds, drinking more water can help with water retention. Drinking more water will help you urinate more often, and you body won’t think it is lacking in water, so it won’t retain or store water even more.

If your goal is to lose water weight as part of a weight-loss goal, do not resort to diuretics. Instead, focus on eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise.

Source: MayoClinic