It is a double whammy for folk with High blood pressure. One of the most common symptoms of high blood pressure is water retention. What’s more, several drugs that are prescribed to lower blood pressure also cause the retention of too much fluid. To counter this, doctors prescribe “water pills” that assist many blood pressure patients in losing water from their bodies. To muddle the situation, certain prescription drugs that are given to get rid of excess fluid, mainly water and sodium, may cause some side effects. These include fatigue, muscle cramps, lightheadedness, rash, and headaches.
Natural remedies for water retention
There are several herbs and dietary supplements that have properties that may help you get rid of excess fluids (diuretics) without the side effects of pharmaceuticals. Always talk with your doctor and ask about any potential allergic reactions, especially if you’re already taking medications.
Below are the 5 most common natural fluid removers.
1. Green and Black Tea
Tea has been grown extensively primarily in India and China for centuries. Today, second only to water, tea is the most widely-consumed drink in the world. Hundreds of millions of people drink tea, and studies suggest that green tea, in particular, has many health benefits. In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners used green tea as a stimulant, a diuretic to help rid the body of excess fluid. A cup of hot cup of tea is not only relaxing but may also help you flush excess fluid from your system. Both black and green teas have shown potential as natural diuretics.
To me, the dandelion is just a weed which I feel should be eliminated from my lush green lawn (lol). But dandelion has a compound that enhances kidney activity and increases urination frequency. Today, the roots are mainly used to stimulate the appetite, and for liver and gallbladder problems. Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to help the body get rid of too much fluid.
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. The plant’s nutrients have also shown to increase urinary excretion and flow. Hawthorn berries can also act as diuretics and may help treat kidney problems.
This is a herbal remedy that dates back to ancient Roman and Greek times. It was used traditionally to stop bleeding, heal ulcers and wounds, and treat tuberculosis and kidney problems. It is also used as a diuretic and has the same effects its prescription counterpart, but with fewer side effects. Therefore, Horsetail may be a good alternative to prescriptions, especially if you’ve had problems with side effects.
The juniper plant has been used as a diuretic since medieval times. Few modern-day studies have proven its benefits, but the evergreen has 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.
6. Fennel Seeds
Fennel is a pleasant-smelling herb. Fennel is used for various digestive problems including heartburn, intestinal gas, bloating, loss of appetite, and colic in infants. Some women use fennel for increasing the flow of breast milk, promoting menstruation, easing the birthing process, and increasing sex drive. The use of fennel seeds is growing in popularity. It can help in aiding bloated stomach and can help relieve gas. If you have overeaten, chewing on fennel seeds can help you relieve the discomfort. Since fennel seeds are diuretics, they can be used to reduce the rate of water retention in the body.
Nettle has a long medicinal history. In medieval Europe, it was used as a diuretic to rid the body of excess water and to treat joint pain. Today, many people use it to treat urinary problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate. It is also used for urinary tract infections.
Like dandelion, parsley also has excellent diuretic properties. Traditionally, parsley has been used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal concerns, as a diuretic, to help stimulate the appetite, and to increase menstrual flow. Parsley can be used to make a tea that promotes the production of urine in the kidneys, which acts as a natural yet effective diuretic. Parsley not only helps reduce water retention, but it is also rich in vitamins A and C and high in beta-carotene. Plus, the tea is quite simple to prepare.
Hibiscus is a mild diuretic. It has long been used as a medicinal tea in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Hibiscus tea is made from the green layer that protects the petals while they are budding. The tea has a characteristic red color because of the acidic compounds. These acids which have diuretic properties also help to strengthen the immune system, lower the risk of metal build up in the blood. The hibiscus tea also helps control blood flow, reduce blood pressure and enhance digestion.
10. Epsom Salt
An Epsom salt bath can help you get rid of water retention through reverse osmosis. It draws out excess fluids and toxins from your body. The relaxing bath also soothes sore muscles and calms the nerves.
Besides these ten natural diuretics, cutting back on sodium and exercising more can also help reduce fluid buildup. Eating more fruits and vegetables that act as diuretics, like watermelon, grapes, berries, celery, asparagus, onions, garlic, and bell peppers, maybe another beneficial solution.