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Foods & Juices That Cause Diuresis

by
author image Rachel Nall
Rachel Nall began writing in 2003. She is a former managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. She has written for The Associated Press and "Jezebel," "Charleston," "Chatter" and "Reach" magazines. Nall is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee.
Foods & Juices That Cause Diuresis
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Diuresis is another word for the loss of water from your body via your urine. If you experience water retention, a condition known as edema, stimulating diuresis can help to reduce uncomfortable swelling and puffiness that can affect your body. While substances called diuretics are available to stimulate diuresis, you also can consume certain foods and drinks that encourage your body to release extra fluids. If you experience edema, increasing your intake of these foods and drinks can help to reduce your symptoms.

Fresh Fruits

While it may seem counterintuitive, increasing your water intake can stimulate your body to release more water. This is because your body works to maintain a particular fluid balance. If you add more water via the foods and drinks you eat, your body will rid itself of more water in an attempt to retain an overall fluid level in your body. Many fruits have a high water content that can stimulate diuresis. These includes melons, like watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe. Pineapples and grapes are other water-filled options you can incorporate into your daily diet.

Juices

Because a juice is a fluid, it naturally can help to stimulate diuresis. The juices of antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries and cherries may be helpful in reducing water retention. Avoid juices that are not 100 percent fruit juice and that contain added sugars, however, as these can contribute to water retention. You also can brew herbs known to have diuretic properties as teas as a fluid source. These include dandelion and juniper berries.

Leafy, Green Vegetables

Leafy, green vegetables like spinach, kale and watercress are considered to be natural diuretics. They are high in water content and dense in nutrients, according to everydiet.org. Leeks are another leafy, green vegetable you can mix into a soup to add fluids into your diet. Parsley and celery seed also are leafy green herbs that you can incorporate into foods to initiate a diuretic effect.

Other Vegetables

In addition to leafy, green vegetables, you can consume vegetables like asparagus to naturally stimulate diuresis. Beets and green beans also are high in water content. Onions and cucumbers are two additional vegetable sources you can eat to reduce water retention in your body.

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