Top 10 Herbal Diuretics
Water retention occurs when the body hangs on to water that would otherwise be released, and refers to the abnormal accumulation of fluids within the body, most notably in the tissues and circulatory system. There are many health conditions that signs of water retention are related to, and it’s important that medical advice be sought out if fluid retention is present and unusual. However, for everyday stomach bloating and puffiness that can be related to diet, menstruation, medications or allergy, there are some natural options to consider, such as herbal diuretics.
Natural diuretics have similar properties to many common over the counter preparations. Essentially, they are thought to help remove excess water from the body by creating an increase in urination. When combined with dietary considerations such as limiting salt intake, it’s possible that natural diuretics can help relieve some of the symptoms of bloating and fluid retention. However, natural diuretics should not be considered for weight loss and should be used infrequently and safely for temporary relief. There are many ways to take advantage of natural water retention remedies, but herbs are some of the most popular. They can be found in over the counter natural diuretic pills, used fresh in the diet, or made or used in a delicious tea. We have compiled a list of the top ten herbal diuretics that are the best for beating the bloat and reducing symptoms. However, remember that it’s incredibly important to discuss the use of any herbal remedies with your health care provider before proceeding in order to ensure its safe to do so.
1. Dandelion: Most people find the dandelion to be a nuisance, but the lawn loiterer is one of the best choices in diuretics in herbal form. It can be brewed into a wonderful tea or even used in cooking. Dandelion is further deserving of fondness due to its lack of side effects and heavy hitting nutritional facts including extra potassium (which can be depleted during diuretic use in the first place).
2. Green Tea: Typically, green tea is synonymous with weight loss fads and extra energy; however the uniquely flavored beverage can also serve as a diuretic too. For those that don’t enjoy the tang of the tea, supplements are available in order to get the same benefits. Caffeine avoiders will find that decaf versions of both the supplements and the brew are available too meaning that there are numerous ways to take advantage of the herbal diuretics.
3. Stinging Nettle: The name itself doesn’t sound very inviting; however there are many benefits to the predatory sounding herb. It’s loaded with beneficial nutrients like iron, magnesium and potassium and can serve as a means to help combat water retention. It may cause a little stomach upset, however, so use caution.
4. Yarrow: Of all the available herbal diuretics, yarrow may be one of the least known. However, it’s incredibly versatile, working well in tincture, tea, capsule and tablet form. The dried flowers used in a tea are thought to be an effective means of reducing water retention. The herb is not suitable however for those with ragweed allergies or those on certain types of medications.
5. Parsley: The greenery that decorates the side of dinner plates in restaurants everywhere is not just a throw away embellishment. Parsley packs serious nutritional value like antioxidants. It’s also a very effective diuretic, so much so in fact that it’s considered useful in alternative medicine for kidney stones. The B-complex vitamins, iron and calcium are an added bonus.
6. Celery: Celery is best known for being the food that is “negative” in calories, but there is so much more to the buffalo wing side dish. It’s also thought to be one of many natural diuretics, thanks to its contained phthalides. This when combined with its natural anti-inflammatory properties make celery an all around great herbal and edible choice.
7. Ginseng: Ginseng is a popular alternative and herbal remedy for many ailments. However, it’s also purported to be a very effective natural diuretic. Use caution with ginseng however and discuss it with a health care provider in order to avoid potentially problematic drug interactions.
8. Cleavers: Also known as sweet woodruff and goose grass, cleavers is an annual herb that is used medicinally for a wide variety of reasons in alternative medicine. It’s also known to be quite useful among known herbal diuretics. Providing a purported toxic flush to the system, cleavers is noted in natural medicine as a lymphatic tonic as well.
9. Chanca Piedra: Long has the herb yielding shrub been thought of as a kidney stone cure in ancient medicine, and the plant (known as the kidney stone tree, literally) serves as a native remedy for the ailment, as well as serving as a natural means to combat water retention.
10. Chamomile: Popular as a tea but perhaps lost among other herbal diuretics, the herb is best attributed to providing a gentle means to fall asleep and also improving mood. However chamomile may be one of the tastiest ways in order to beat the bloat, too.