Can't Use the Loo? Try These Natural Diuretics!
For older adults experiencing severe water retention or who need help regulating fluids in the body, natural diuretics such as sarsaparilla, green tea, horsetail, and hawthorn berries, are great ways to help the body rid itself of excess fluid such as water, stimulating the kidneys to excrete sodium through the urine.
4 Natural Diuretics for Kidney Health
Drinking caffeine, such as in coffee, is a natural diuretic that may help you pee, but the following four plants are also ideal natural diuretics – and you can try them all in tea!
Sarsaparilla is a popular spice in food and beverages known to give old-fashioned root beer its unique flavor. The medicinal plant is most commonly used for its root, which has been used by European physicians and others as a blood purifier, diuretic, and diaphoretic (to induce sweating).
Similar to coffee, green tea (Camellia sinensis) extract contains natural amounts of caffeine, which makes the body produce more urine and excrete more water, including in your bloodstream, which may reduce blood pressure. The caffeine in green tea stimulates the central nervous system, boosting your metabolism so you feel awake and are able to burn more calories throughout the day, which may help with weight loss. The caffeine in green tea also constricts blood vessels, which can relieve migraine headaches. However, because green tea is a stimulant, don’t drink it before bedtime or you’ll have trouble falling asleep.
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) is an herb used as a traditional diuretic since the time of ancient Greece. The herb, available in liquid extracts or as dried leaves for tea, helps the body rid itself of excess water and salt. However, don’t take horsetail if you have a vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency, as horsetail contains an enzyme that breaks down that vitamin.
Hawthorn, also called English hawthorn, a shrub-like perennial and a member of the rose family, is a flowering plant with small red berries that is used to treat kidney and bladder stones. Available in supplements and as a tea, nutrient-rich hawthorn berries work by helping to regulate urine flow, supporting healthy kidneys and reducing overall fluid buildup in the body.
Don’t suffer any longer from kidney and urinary tract problems! Try these and other natural diuretics today and see if they make a difference to your health.
Which natural diuretics will you choose? Share your thoughts in our comments section.
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