Many people try to avoid and prevent bloating. Feeling bloated can cause discomfort and lead to sluggishness, stress, and tiredness. Bloating is sometimes due to excess water retention in the body, resulting in all sorts of health issues.
But there are some types of food and drinks that can help you shed off excess water. They are considered diuretic and they encourage your body to excrete excess liquid through urination.
In this article, we will look at the different natural diuretic food and drink so you can address your bloating.
Natural Diuretic Food and Drinks
Water retention can be due to a number of health conditions and if there is extreme liquid retention, it is recommended that individuals seek immediate medical attention. However, for minor water retention caused by the menstrual period, change in hormones or long periods of inactivity, there are some natural diuretics that can be consumed or ingested to help lessen the said water retention. Listed below are some of these natural diuretics:
Coffee is not only a natural diuretic it is also an aromatic and flavorful way to enjoy a full flavored beverage that can perk an individual up. The caffeine in coffee may be the main reason for its diuretic properties and it has been shown that coffee with higher caffeine content such as those containing around 250- 300 mg or around three (3) cups of coffee can help individuals increase their rate of urination, effectively helping them get rid of excess water from the body. This means that drinking just one (1) cup of coffee may not have a sufficient diuretic effect in individuals and that those individuals who are regular coffee drinkers may develop a certain level of tolerance to caffeine, resulting in lower diuretic effects for individuals.
Equisetum arvense or more commonly called field horsetail plant can produce popular herbal remedy simply called horsetail. Horsetail is a diuretic and can be taken in capsule or as a herbal tea supplement. Evidence suggests that horsetail as a diuretic can have effects similar to that of hydrochlorothiazide. This evidence, however, came from a small study and as such, further research into the use of horsetail as a diuretic must be conducted. Horsetail is also not recommended for use by people with other health conditions such as type 2 diabetes and kidney disease. It must also be considered that herbal supplements are prepared differently depending on manufacturers and as such, its diuretic effects can vary per brand and per dosage.
Taraxacum officinale, more commonly known as a dandelion extract or lion’s tooth, is a commonly used supplement mostly due to its herbal diuretic properties. The dandelion plant in itself is high in potassium which may be the main reason for its increased diuretic effects. Potassium can aid in encouraging the kidney to excrete liquids or water from the body by passing water and sodium via urination.
This primary diuretic action of the dandelion extract can be of great help for today’s modern individuals as diets nowadays are usually low in potassium but high in sodium. Similar to horsetail, however, the effects of dandelion as a diuretic may vary depending on the potassium content of the said supplement. More importantly, it has been shown that dandelion extract when taken as a herbal supplement, may help the body in initiating urination within five (5) hours after taking the dandelion extract.
Parsley is not just an ingredient or garnish for menu items but it is also a commonly used herbal supplement for its diuretic properties. It may be taken numerous times a day and consumed as a form of herbal tea to help lessen water retention and increase urination rates for individuals. However, it must be considered that studies regarding parsley as a diuretic is currently very limited and as such, further research and observations need to be conducted.
Hibiscus, part of a branch of plants known for its colorful and beautiful flowers, has a specific part called calyces that can be used to produce sour tea or roselle, a type of tea with certain medicinal properties. It has been shown that sour tea or roselle can help address blood pressure by managing hypertension and even lowering blood pressure. People are also touting hibiscus as a possible herbal supplement that can help contribute to lessening fluid retention and can act as a diuretic. This is due to some laboratory tests conducted on test animals that showed hibiscus to have some mild diuretic properties. It is then important to conduct further studies on how hibiscus can be tapped as a diuretic.
Also known as Persian cumin or meridian fennel, caraway is a type of plant that can be described as having a leathery consistency. While caraway is usually used as an ingredient in the preparation of food items such as desserts, cakes, and bread, ancient cultures such as the Indian Ayurveda, considers caraway as having medicinal effects particularly for morning sickness, digestive disorders, and headaches. Caraway is also used as a diuretic by Morrocan medical therapists. This is due to a study conducted on laboratory animals that showed an increased incidence of urination for animals that were given caraway. However, since the said study was conducted on laboratory animals, further research must be conducted to verify if caraway will have significant diuretic effects on humans.
Black and Green Tea
Similar to coffee, teas such as black tea and green tea, also contain caffeine which has been identified to have diuretic properties.