What Fruits Are Natural Diuretics?

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Diuretics help improve your rate of urination. They are often used to flush the body of toxins and salt and to help with various health maladies that may cause water retention. Though diuretic medications like pamabrom and thiazide will work effectively, some fruits offer similar diuretic effects. The amount of fruit needed varies widely depending on your body. Before self-treating with diuretic fruits, consult your doctor because diuretics may flush your body of important nutrients or interact with other health conditions.

Lemon

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The diuretic effects of lemon fruit, or Citrus limon, is widely established, according to Purdue University. This may be due to its high vitamin C content. You can either consume the fruit or squeeze it to extract its juice, which the university says can also act as a laxative.

Cucumber

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The fruit of the cucumber vine, or Cucumis sativus, acts as both a laxative and a diuretic. In the book, Rawsome!, author Brigitte Mars reports that the fruit helps to dissolve the uric acid found in urine that may cause kidney stones.

Rose Apple

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Rose apples, or Syzyygium jambos, grow as small trees or tall shrubs that produce oval 2-inch-long fruit. The fruit helps with urination, according to Purdue University, and is used in folk medicine as a liver cleanser.

Peach

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Originally hailing from Asia, the peach, or Prunus persica, works as a laxative and diuretic when eaten, reports the National Institutes of Health. This may be due to its alkaline nature, which may help to cleanse both the bladder and kidneys.

Pineapple

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The fruit of the pineapple, or Ananas comosus, is good for more than just sprucing up your favorite tropical drink. It also works as a diuretic and flushes out your digestive system, according to Purdue University. Similarly, its fruit juices are said to help hasten the child birthing process.

Pears

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Juicy pears, or Pyrus spp., naturally function as a diuretic. Its high pectin fiber content may also help flush out bodily toxins for general health maintenance.

Watermelon

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Water comprises the majority of the watermelon fruit's content. Consumption of watermelon, or Citrullus lanatus, quickly floods the digestive tract with water and can help improve your rate of urination.

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