List of Natural Diuretic Foods

Hemangi Harankhedkar Nov 7, 2018
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Diuretic is any substance or drug that promotes forced urination, to expel the surplus water from the body. Here is a list of natural diuretic foods that are readily available and extremely beneficial.
A balanced water and sodium (salt) level is very important for the proper and smooth functioning of the body. Excess water can also lead to many problems. Diuresis is a medical term which refers to the excessive production of urine due to disturbances in the fluid retention mechanism of the body.
Sometimes, due to an overdose of certain harmful drugs, forced diuresis becomes necessary to eliminate the poisonous drugs from the body through urine.
This is where the role of a diuretic or 'water pill' comes into picture. Diuretics are a group of drugs that aid the kidney in eliminating excess sodium from the body. The sodium in turn takes surplus water along with it, and this results in excessive urination that is forced.
When excess water is removed from the body, the fluid level in the blood decreases. This in turn, reduces the pressure on the arteries. Therefore, consumption of diuretic foods is also necessary for maintaining sound heart health. In short, it increases the frequency of urination.

Benefits of Diuretic Foods

► As the intake of diuretic foods causes urination, this property helps in the elimination of toxins and other harmful chemical deposits from the body.

► These substances cause the fluid levels to drop, which in turn reduces the pressure on the arteries. Thus, they are helpful in combating heart-related diseases, like high blood pressure, heart attack, etc.
► They are also helpful in the treatment of disorders, like edema (caused because of high fluid levels in the tissues) and glaucoma (an eye disorder).

► They are also beneficial in curing kidney stones and lymphatic swelling.
► Natural diuretics play an important role in weight loss.

► They improve the overall fluid retention mechanism of the body.
Fruits, vegetables, and certain herbs are good natural diuretics. Inclusion of these foods in your diet is certainly going to benefit you in the long run to fight against diuresis. Fruits contain a good level of water, thus, all fruits are known to have a diuretic effect. Their consumption helps in losing weight as well.
Vegetables are also rich sources of fiber and fluid. Beverages are the best natural diuretics. Green tea with ginger is specifically used for the treatment of edema. Herbs are tiny plants that are immensely popular for their medicinal properties. Enlisted here are a few natural foods that you may wish to include in your diet.


  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes
  • Lemon
  • Cucumber
  • Peach
  • Pineapples
  • Rose Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Cranberries
  • Juniper berries
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Papayas


  • Beetroot
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Asparagus
  • Fennel
  • Artichokes
  • Lettuce

Beverages and Herbs

  • Coffee
  • Green Tea
  • Nettle Tea
  • Fruit Juices
  • Parsley
  • Green tea with Ginger
  • Artichoke
  • Horseradish
  • Dandelion and its leaf
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Aqua Rite
  • Alfalfa
  • Linden
  • Hawthorn
  • Celery Seed
  • Golden Seal
Natural diuretic foods have several other health benefits as well. They are excellent sources of vitamins and fiber. So, include these healthy foods in your daily diet even if they may increase your visits to the washroom!
However, these foods should always be consumed in moderate amounts and under the supervision of a medical expert, as excessive intake can lead to severe dehydration in the body.
Disclaimer: This write-up is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
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