If you enjoy eating pineapple and drinking its juice, you may also enjoy drinking it in tea form. While pineapple is used as a diuretic in folk medicine, the tea version has not been studied for its effects on helping you rid your body of water. Consult your doctor to discuss natural ways to help reduce fluid retention.
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Most pineapple teas include the fruit along with other ingredients, such as other types of fruit, green tea, white tea or herbs. You may also find a pineapple tea promoted as a weight-loss aid that contains pineapple extract, pineapple bark and undisclosed ingredients. Due to the variation in ingredients, it may be difficult to determine if your water loss is due to the pineapple or another component in the tea, such as the caffeine found in green or white tea.
Pineapple and Water Removal
While it's not certain if drinking pineapple as part of a tea can help you lose water, there are parts of the fruit that might. A study published in 2001 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology investigated the diuretic effects of a pineapple root extract in rats. The investigators found that the root extract increased urine output in the rats and worked almost as well as a prescribed diuretic. Additionally, the fruit and its juice are used in folk medicine as a diuretic, according to Purdue University. However, clinical research is necessary to determine if pineapple can help you lose water before claims can be made.
Enjoying Pineapple Tea
To get the most benefit out of your pineapple tea, consider making it yourself. It may not help rid your body of water, but it may allow you to have more control over what's in your tea.
Add a few pieces of fresh pineapple to a cup of hot water, and allow it to steep for 10 minutes to 15 minutes. The pineapple adds both flavor and a touch of sweetness to the water. You can also add a few chunks of pineapple to your favorite type of tea to vary the flavor.
Naturally Reducing Fluid
If you're concerned about fluid retention, it's important to understand the cause to determine the appropriate treatment. Consult your doctor to help you identify any underlying medical condition before making changes to your diet.
Drinking plenty of water, which might include your homemade pineapple tea, and limiting your intake of salt may help your body naturally rid itself of excess water. Also, cut back on drinking caffeinated beverages, including black or green tea, to reduce your risk of dehydration, which may increase fluid retention.