12 Awesome Natural Diuretic Foods and Drinks

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Did you know that some foods and drinks can help you lose weight, flush out toxins, and even lower your blood pressure? These are called natural diuretics as they make your body produce more urine, and this way eliminates bacteria and excessive water easily.

There are also many herbs that cause same effects on your body and are therefore used to treat or prevent urinary tract infections and even kidney stones.

While many chemical drugs and medications can make your body produce more urine, you can achieve the same results just by eating following twelve foods that are available in your local grocery store.

Drink #1 – Green Tea

pot of green tea

The caffeine in green tea is what gives this hot beverage its diuretic effect. Although it is not quite as potent as your morning cup of coffee, it will still help reduce your blood pressure and cleanse your body of waste.

As a bonus, green tea also boosts your metabolism, improves your energy levels, and is a rich source of antioxidants.

Related research study:

“One to 2 h after caffeine ingestion, both systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP) increased by 12 mm Hg while heart rate (HR) also tended to increase. An increase in diuresis and in urinary sodium, potassium, and osmol excretion was observed within 1 h.”

– Nussberger, J., et al. Caffeine-induced diuresis and atrial natriuretic peptides. 1990. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. 15(5): p. 685-91.

Drink #2 – Cranberry Juice

fresh red cranberries

Cranberries are a unique fruit that has long been used to treat urinary tract infections because it contains special compounds called proanthocyanidins (potent antioxidants) and D-mannose (naturally occurring sugar) that prevents harmful bacteria from sticking to the cells in your bladder.

What is more, this fruit is rich in vitamin C as well.

Cranberries even contain acids that help prevent a development of kidney stones. Unsurprisingly, they have played a significant role in folk medicine for centuries, and people have been drinking the juice from this berry to cleanse their blood and flush out toxins for many years.

Drink one cup of fresh cranberry juice every day for the best results. It’s important to use fresh juice if possible as a majority of brands you will find in your local store usually contain high amounts of added sugar.

Related research study:

“Basic studies have proven that cranberries may prevent urinary tract infections through changing the adhesiveness of Escherichia coli (E. coli) to urothelial cells.”

– Chen, C.S., et al. Urine post equivalent daily cranberry juice consumption may opsonize uropathogenicity of Escherichia coli. 2013. Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy. 19(5): p. 812-7.

Drink #3 – Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar has many health benefits and been used for hundreds of years as a treatment for urinary tract infections. It supports the health of both your kidneys and bladder, but its diuretic effects are only gentle.

Try adding a spoonful to a cup of water to help reduce bloating and flush out excess sodium from your bodily systems.

Herb #4 – Cilantro

cilantro

Cilantro is a natural diuretic that can lower your blood pressure and cleanse your body. People use this tasty herb in Latin and Asian cuisine not only because of its unique flavor but also because of its health benefits.

What is more, it is known to be excellent for improving your digestion, and can even help you to get rid of some heavy metals. Because of its diuretic properties, cilantro makes it easy for you to eliminate all those harmful toxins that have accumulated in your body.

Related research study:

“The aqueous extract of coriander seed possesses diuretic and saluretic activity, thus, validating the use of coriander as a diuretic plant in Moroccan pharmacopoeia.”

– Aissaoui, A., et al. Acute diuretic effect of continuous intravenous infusion of an aqueous extract of Coriandrum sativum L. in anesthetized rats. 2008. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 115(1): p. 89-95.

Herb #5 – Stinging Nettle

fresh stinging nettle

Although stinging nettle may be a prickly plant, it’s also a highly effective diuretic that can prevent the creation of kidney stones and UTIs (urinary tract infections). It helps to flush harmful bacteria out of your organism and also makes you lose weight.

What is more, stinging nettle is revered for its exceptional medicinal properties.

People have used it in folk medicine for hundreds of years to treat a variety of ailments from kidney stones to celiac disease, parasites, and even skin problems.

Related research study:

“In conclusion, the results demonstrate an acute hypotensive action of U. dioica [stinging nettle] that indicates a direct effect on the cardiovascular system. Moreover, diuretic and natriuretic effects were also observed, suggesting an action on the renal function. Finally, the plant extract seems to have a toxic effect at the higher dose.”

– Tahri, A., et al. Acute diuretic, natriuretic and hypotensive effects of a continuous perfusion of aqueous extract of Urtica dioica in the rat. 2000. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 73(1-2): p. 95-100.

Herb #6 – Yarrow

yarrow flower

Yarrow can help your body get rid of excess fluids in two ways, through increased urine production and sweating. Women use it to relieve premenstrual water retention and to minimize cramps.

You can also use it to reduce inflammation within your body.

Additionally, yarrow can also improve your health in various other ways. However, if you’re on any medications for indigestion, insomnia or hypertension, you may want to avoid this herb. It can interact with these medications and make them less useful!

Related research study:

“The present study reveals that extracts obtained from Achillea millefolium [yarrow] are able to effectively increase diuresis when orally administered in rats. This effect depends on both the activation of bradykinin B2 receptors and the activity of cyclooxygenases.”

– de Souza, P., et al. Involvement of bradykinin and prostaglandins in the diuretic effects of Achillea millefolium L. (Asteraceae). 2013. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 149(1): p. 157-61.

Fruit #7 – Melons

woman with watermelon

Melons (watermelon in particular) are very healthy fruits and provides an excellent diuretic effect. Their high water content not only hydrates your body but also helps you flush out toxins.

What is more, melons are a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants, so they also have an anti-inflammatory effect and fight free radicals causing damage to your cells.

There are several different species, but those you should eat include:

– Watermelon, honeydew, canary melon, Korean melon, and cantaloupe

Related research study:

“Results were collected and data clearly shows the significant diuretic effect of watermelon as compare to existing well known diuretic agents. … Natural products like watermelon may prove as better therapeutic agents if more work is done on this subject.”

– Gul, S., et al. Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) as Diuretic Agent: An in vivo Investigation on Mice. 2014. American Journal of Drug Delivery and Therapeutics. 1(4): p. 089-092.

Fruit #8 – Black Currants

black currants

Blackcurrant is a plant that has numerous health benefits. Both its leaves and the fruit have a strong diuretic effect. What is more, this fruit is rich in tannins, potassium, and vitamin C. In addition to helping your organism to get rid of excess fluids, it will also:

– Boost your immune system
– Soothe potential inflammation
– Aid in the elimination of uric acids

Want to live healthier? Try making a delicious black currant tea or drink a glass of fresh juice each morning.

Related research study:

“Ribes nigrum buds are used in medicine for the diuretic and antiseptic properties of their volatile compounds. We present in this paper comparative data concerning the chemical composition of Ribes nigrum buds essential oils obtained from three blackcurrant varieties.”

– Oprea, E., et al. Chemical and biological studies of Ribes nigrum L. buds essential oil. 2008. Biofactors. 34(1): p. 3-12.

Fruit #9 – Lemon

lemon on tree

Lemons are the essential ingredient in most detoxifying drinks. Why? Because they have a powerful diuretic and cleansing effect on your body. For this reason, lemons are also often used to treat urinary tract infections.

Except cleansing your urinary tract, it corrects any chemical imbalances there as well.

If you have high uric acid problems, this fruit can help flush out dangerous bacteria and other toxins from your organism. Try drinking a glass of warm lemon water each morning to cleanse and detoxify yourself.

You can also add a slice of this fruit to your favorite beverage, or try adding a squeeze of its juice to your salad. When baking, add a little of its rind to the recipe for added flavor and to take advantage of its ability to remove excess water from your bodily systems.

Related research study:

“Analysis showed that the rats treated with EG/AC alone had higher amounts of calcium in the kidneys compared to negative control rats. This EG/AC-induced increase in kidney calcium levels was inhibited by the administration of lemon juice. Histology showed that rats treated with EG/AC alone had large deposits of calcium oxalate crystals in all parts of the kidney, and that such deposits were not present in rats also treated with either 100% or 75% lemon juice.”

– Touhami, M., et al. Lemon juice has protective activity in a rat urolithiasis model. 2007. BMC Urology. 7:18

Related research study:

“Hesp [hesperidin] is the predominant flavonoid in citrus fruits, primarily in sweet orange (in young immature oranges it accounts for up to 14% of the fresh weight of the fruit 39) and lemon, and consequently in juices made of these citruses. … Some studies have demonstrated antihypertensive and diuretic effects of Hesp in rats following oral administration of the drug at the dose of 200 mg/kg body weight, concluding that this hypotensive effect is caused by increased diuresis.”

– Kuntić, V., et al. Evaluating the bioactive effects of flavonoid hesperidin – A new literature data survey. 2014. Vojnosanitetski Pregled. 71(1): p. 60–65.

Vegetable #10 – Fennel

fennel

Fennel is another healthy vegetable often used in cleansing and detox diets. It improves your ability to eliminate toxins while also reduces inflammation.

It can even relieve problems with bloating and constipation, and you can enjoy it in a variety of ways. Many people prepare fennel tea while others prefer to include this vegetable in their favorite dishes.

It has a mild, slightly licorice taste that can add a new layer of flavor to your meals. Not surprisingly, this is an attractive addition to Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

Related research study:

“These results indicate that hypotensive activity of Marrubium and Foeniculum extracts seems to be mediated through different pathways: Foeniculum [fennel] appeared to act mainly as a diuretic and a natriuretic while Marrubium displayed vascular relaxant activity.”

– El Bardai, S., et al. Pharmacological evidence of hypotensive activity of Marrubium vulgare and Foeniculum vulgare in spontaneously hypertensive rat. 2001. Clin Exp Hypertens. 23(4): p. 329-43.

Vegetable #11 – Garlic

garlic bulbs

When it comes to cleansing and healing, few vegetables are as potent as garlic. What is more, garlic is a powerful diuretic that flushes out excess liquids stored within your organism, while at the same time promotes a healthy immune system.

Its antibacterial and antifungal properties can even help prevent various illnesses and eliminate bacteria and toxins.

The substances of this vegetable responsible for stimulating urine production are most potent when eaten raw, but not many people can tolerate it in this form. Try adding fresh, crushed garlic to your salad dressing or salsa if you can stand it.

Or, you can purchase an odorless supplement if you dislike the taste of this healthy vegetable.

Related research study:

“The intravenous administration of a purified fraction (6 microg/kg) to anaesthesized dogs was followed by a significant biphasic diuretic and natriuretic response which reached a maximum at 180 min after injection. Chloride, but not potassium ions, followed the natriuretic profile. No changes were observed in arterial blood pressure or in the electrocardiogram.”

– Pantoja, C.V., et al. Purification and bioassays of a diuretic and natriuretic fraction from garlic (Allium sativum). 2000. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 70(1): p. 35-40.

Vegetable #12 – Parsley

fresh green parsley

Parsley does more than add beauty to a dish; it also improves your health. As a natural stimulant of urine production, it improves your ability to remove toxins and waste from your body.

You don’t need a lot of it to achieve this effect either.

Just add a fistful of parsley to your favorite dishes to give it a fresh flavor and take advantage of the herb’s diuretic properties at the same time. All foods and drinks on this list can help you get rid of excess water weight, flush out toxins and improve the health of your urinary tract.

Related research study:

“This work provides substantial evidence for the advocated diuretic effect of parsley in folk medicine and determines the mechanism of action of the herb. Rats offered an aqueous parsley seed extract to drink, eliminated a significantly larger volume of urine per 24 h as compared to when they were drinking water.”

– Kreydiyyeh, S.I., and Usta, J. Diuretic effect and mechanism of action of parsley. 2002. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 79(3): p. 353-7.

Pay attention to the fact that some of these will not effectively lower your blood pressure in the same way that diuretic medications do. That being said, everything on this list is still an excellent way to cleanse your organism and make you lose water weight at the same time.

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  • Thank you for the information. In 2015 I lost 38 pounds in three months. Then I had surgery and I gained the weight back. I think I now know way. I was eating and drinking alot of the food in the list when I was losing the weight. I went back to old eating habits after surgery. I am going back to eating and drinking the foods and adding some that I was not eating that I like that is on the list. Thank you again.