The 5 Best Natural Diuretics to Eat & Drink

Many people experience mild water retention due to various factors such as hormonal changes, menstrual cycle, being inactive for long periods of time, and sometimes serious underlying health conditions, cases that require medical advice from a doctor.

If you feel “puffy” and experience swollen legs, ankles, hands and feet, not caused though by health factors, just keep in mind that there are some foods and herbs that have a diuretic effect and thus help.

Here are the top 5 natural diuretics that you can try and incorporate in your nutritional routine.

  1. Coffee

Coffee is a very popular drink that has been linked to some impressive health benefits. It’s also a natural diuretic, mainly because of its caffeine content. Drinking 1-2 cups of coffee may act as a diuretic and help you lose some water weight in the short term.

  1. Parsley

Parsley is used as a diuretic in folk medicine. We usually brew it as a tea to reduce water retention. Some studies have shown that it can increase urine flow and exert a mild diuretic effect.

  1. Dandelion Extract

Dandelion is a popular herbal supplement often taken for its diuretic effects possibly due to its high potassium content. Potassium-rich foods help your kidneys pass out more sodium and water.

  1. Hibiscus

Hibiscus produces beautiful and brightly colored flowers. The calyces are the part of the plant commonly used to make a medicinal tea. This tea is promoted as a diuretic and an effective remedy for mild fluid retention.

  1. Green and Black Tea

Black and green teas contain caffeine and thus can act as diuretics. One needs to pay attention since there is a chance that you can develop a tolerance in case of regular consumption.