When your body is retaining too much fluid, it can be uncomfortable to say the least. It is important to expel this excess fluid as soon as possible to prevent further complications or issues, such as high blood pressure. While this might sound easier said than done, all you need is a little bit of help from some diuretics. Below is a list of some of the most effective diuretic foods that will help flush out your system and get you back to a healthy amount of fluid.
Try adding some raw, grated beets to your salad or incorporate cooked beets into more of your dishes. Beets do contain a decent amount of sugar, so be sure not to overdo it.
Not only does cranberry juice help to eliminate excess fluid, it also helps flush out bacteria from your system. Do be sure that you get the natural, unsweetened cranberry juice to avoid excess sugar. Because it does have a unique flavor, feel free to mix it in with a different type of juice.
You can combine some lemon juice in with your cranberry juice, or even add a few slices of lemon to your water to gain the diuretic benefits of the citrus fruit.
This fruit helps promote regular bowel movements in addition to being an effective natural diuretic. Try munching on a pear every day for a nice healthy snack and to eliminate excess water.
Although asparagus does indeed make your urine smell a bit odd, it is also an effective diuretic. It is also effective in assisting the kidneys in their role of waste removal; this prevents kidney stones and buildup of toxins in the body.
The carotene in carrots helps put a little pep in the step of your metabolism, which in turn jump-starts other functions of the body, such as removing excess water.
Because it is mostly made up of water, celery helps to cleanse the entire body and eliminate excess fluid through urination. Try to munch on some raw celery sticks for a healthy snack.
Another veggie that is very high in its water content, cucumber is an effective natural diuretic. In addition, it contains many antioxidants which help support overall health of the body.
Spinach and other leafy green vegetables are not only rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, but also promote frequent urination, and thus the expulsion of excess fluid.
While difficult to swallow for some, Brussel sprouts truly are an effective natural diuretic, in addition to being rich in vitamins and nutrients. Try tossing them in some olive oil and garlic pepper to improve the flavor.
There are many teas that are especially effective diuretics. Some of these teas include green, nettle, dandelion, and lemon teas.
Some of the most effective diuretic herbs include garlic, onions, cilantro, leeks, parsley, and fennel. Most of these herbs can easily be incorporated into many dishes.
All of these items will help to eliminate excess fluid from the body. Try a combination of various items from this list to reduce excess fluid retention and bloating.
Author Bio: Sasha Brown
Sasha Brown is certified herbalist with a zeal for the natural things in life. To live and promote a healthier lifestyle, she has injected pure naturalism into her diet by eating purely organic foods. She loves to garden and is a mother to one child. For more tips on healthy living, please join her on Twitter.