Natural Diuretic for Fluid Retention

A natural diuretic can ease discomfort of fluid retention and you have several effective, natural diuretic options available to you. You'll have to experiment with the diuretics listed below to discover which is the best natural diuretic for you; palatability and side effects vary with each. Some people like the taste of one more than the other. 

Green Tea
Green tea is available as a tea or as green tea extract, which can be taken in pill or capsule form. This natural diuretic is also an appetite suppressant and metabolic booster. It contains caffeine, something some women love and some avoid while menstruating. Because it also contains antioxidants, green tea is a favorite diuretic for many women.

Dandelion
Dandelion tea can be an effective, mild diuretic that many women love. Some women do not like the taste, but many dandelion teas are available with other ingredients that mask the bitter flavor. You can brew your own dandelion tea using either crushed dandelion root or dandelion leaves, prepared to the strength you desire. You can also cook down a mixture of crushed dandelion root and water until it is a dense liquid, then add drops of the liquid to a glass of water to drink. One thing to watch for is an allergic reaction, such as a rash or itchy sensation, since dandelion is a common offender.

Ginger
You can make ginger tea from fresh sliced or minced ginger steeped in hot water, eat raw ginger or take ginger supplements. Ginger has a taste many women relish and has a pleasant effect on the digestive system, calming an upset tummy.

Juniper Berries
Oil from juniper berries is used as a safe and effective diuretic. However, some people find the juniper berries cause a distressing odor to urine, making it unpleasant.

If you find you are in need of a diuretic, you may want to mention this to your doctor to make sure you are not suffering from a correlated medical problem that needs attention. Water retention can be the symptom of a serious illness. Talk to your doctor before taking diuretics to make sure they will not interfere with any prescription medications or will exacerbate medical conditions.

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