Consider these alternatives to pharmaceutical diuretics, which can have side effects.
Guest post by Dr. JP Saleeby

Diuretics, also known as “water pills,” are often given to patients with congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, or edema. Certain kinds of kidney or liver disease may also lead to diuretics being prescribed.

But did you know there may be natural alternatives? Talk to your provider about some of the following herbs, supplements, and dietary options with diuretic properties. Ask about dosages, potential allergic reactions, and drug interactions if you’re already taking medications.

1. Dandelion

To some, the dandelion is just a weed. But research has found that one of the plant’s compounds enhances kidney activity and increases the frequency of urination. Try dandelion in a tea.

2. Hawthorn

This relative of the rose family is a powerful diuretic. It can reduce fluid buildup, which means it can also improve symptoms of congestive heart failure. Research has shown that the plant’s nutrients increase urinary excretion and flow. Hawthorn berries can also act as diuretics and may help treat kidney problems. Hawthorn is available as a tea.

3. Horsetail

2014 study found that horsetail extract had the same diuretic effects as prescription medications, but with fewer side effects. Horsetail may be a good alternative to prescription diuretics, especially if you’ve had problems with side effects. Horsetail is also available as a tea.

4. Juniper

The juniper plant has been used as a diuretic since medieval times. Few modern-day studies have proven its benefits, but the evergreen has been shown to have a significant effect on urine volume in animals. Like many natural diuretics, juniper doesn’t seem to lower potassium levels like some drugs do. Try adding juniper as a flavoring for meat and game dishes.

5. Green and black tea

Every time you enjoy a hot cup of tea, you may be flushing excess fluid from your system. Both green and black teas have shown potential as natural diuretics.  Watch out for late-night use and caffeine factor.

6. Parsley

While parsley is mainly used as a garnish, it may be useful for people who are having trouble tolerating diuretic drugs. A 2002 study found that it may help with urinary volume. More recent research has also confirmed its diuretic properties.

7. Hibiscus

This beautiful flower has more than just its looks. Roselle, a species of hibiscus, showed significant diuretic effects in one 2012 study. A different study from that same year also noted that hibiscus helped increase kidney filtration. Hibiscus is available as a tea.

8. Diuretic Foods

Besides these natural diuretics, cutting back on sodium and exercising more can also help reduce fluid buildup. Eating more fruits and vegetables that act as diuretics may be another beneficial solution. These foods include:

Additionally, be sure to exercise, increase your magnesium intake, eat K+ rich foods, stay hydrated, and consume less salt.

sourceHealthline: The 8 Best Natural Diuretics to Eat or Drink

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