What are Different Types of Diuretic Foods?

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Diuretic foods are foods that have a high water content and, therefore, promote increased urination. Sometimes diuretic foods also have a high fiber content which can help to create more frequent bowel movements. These foods are often consumed by people looking to increase urination or bowel movements or flush toxins out of their systems. Because of their cleansing properties, diuretic foods are also often consumed by people looking to cleanse their kidneys and therefore improve the function of the organs.

Most diuretic foods are vegetables. Cucumbers and asparagus, for example, are especially good for both promoting urination and improving kidney function. Cucumbers are a good source of silicon and sulfur which help to improve the kidney's ability to flush out uric acid. Asparagus contains asparigine which helps to improve the function of the kidneys in general.

Other vegetables that fall under the category of diuretic foods include beets, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, carrots, artichokes, watercress, and cabbage. In fact, people looking to flush out toxins and lose weight often diet using cabbage soup. The recipes used for the cabbage soup diet vary, but often include other vegetables listed above. Tomatoes, which are often considered to be vegetables but are technically a fruit, also have diuretic properties.


Those looking for a grain with diuretic properties can turn to oats. Oats contain silica, a natural diuretic. Consuming oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to get this natural diuretic into one's diet. Oats can also be mixed into cookies and granola mixes.

Beets, mentioned above, are root vegetables which can aid in the cleansing of the body and are also believed to help attack fatty deposits in the body. They are not the only root that can be classified as a diuretic food. Other diuretic roots include garlic, onions, radishes, and horseradish. Garlic, like the beet, is believed to help break up and flush away fat. Horseradish, raw onions, and radishes, are believed to boost the metabolism while also promoting urination and bowel movements.

To get the most out of these diuretic foods, it is recommended to consume them raw. A watercress salad with tomatoes, asparagus, cucumber, raw onions, and a garlic dressing, for example, can be a delicious meal that is made up entirely of diuretic foods. While garlic, onions, and horseradish may be difficult to consume raw, even small quantities of these roots, diced or chopped, can improve one's health and overall wellness.


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Post 3

SauteePan- That sounds like a delicious snack. I also want to say that according to Discovery Health consuming bananas along with vitamins seem to reduce the tendency for fluid retention as well.

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Latte31- I agree with you. When I was pregnant I also ate a lot of watermelon to reduce the water retention in my system.

I also want to add that to avoid retaining water you really should avoid salty foods especially the processed foods that are rich in preservatives.

For example, instead of eating a salty cracker and cheese packaged snack, you might want to try a piece of low fat cheese with some grapes. The round Laughing Cow cheeses are the best.

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I also want to add that beverages like coffee, green tea, and cranberry juice are all excellent diuretics. Foods like watermelon, oats, and tomatoes are also other forms of diuretic foods.

Many of these foods are ideal for patients suffering from high blood pressure because these patients tend to have swelling due to water retention.

These foods with the exception of the caffeinated beverages are also excellent for expectant mothers because they too suffer from swelling and water retention.

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