Body fluid retention is a very common problem, which in most of the cases is due to an unhealthy lifestyle (not drinking enough water, excess of sodium, high temperatures, lack of physical exercise...), although in other cases it can be hiding a greater problem and it may be linked to a health problem (circulation problems, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and kidney or liver disease).

Symptoms of fluid retention

Symptoms of an liquid accumulation are normally manifested in the form of swellings, especially in the legs (ankles), although it can also occur in the abdomen, arms, hands and face.

This can give us a the feeling that clothing, shoes or rings are too tight. A reduction in the flexibility of the joints, arms, and legs can also manifest itself. It is also accompanied by sudden or rapid weight gain and a reduction in the frequency urination.

What are diuretics?

The term "diuretic" comes from the words "dia" (which in Greek means "broadly, comprehensively") and "ourein" (urinate), which means "urinate a lot".

Therefore, a diuretic is a substance, natural or synthesised in a laboratory, that increases the elimination of urine by the kidneys. Therefore it also promotes the expulsion of salts and water from the body, and accelerates the evacuation of harmful substances generated by the organism through its various functions.

There are many foods (the majority being fruits and vegetables) and plant extracts which increase the amount of urine produced and their consumption on a regular basis will help bring about a greater expulsion of liquids from the body.

We can also add a natural diuretic supplement based on plant extracts to our diet, in the form of capsules or special infusions, in order to promote the elimination of excess fluids.

In any case, before taking a diuretic supplement we should consult our physician to determine the cause of the accumulation of excess water in the body, and take steps with regard to this. A doctor should prescribe the product that best fits your needs.

Why are liquids retained?

Fluid retention occurs when there is an imbalance with our bodily fluids.

The blood vessels deposit too much liquid in the bodily tissues or the liquid that is stored there is not expelled through the blood in the normal way. It can also occur that the lymph vessels cannot transport excessive lymphatic fluids from the body. This leads to an accumulation of water that is not removed through the urine.

As discussed above, excess fluids may be due to many factors. It could be due to an excessive consumption of sodium, lack of physical exercise, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, obesity, improper functioning of the lymph glands or even cases of kidney, heart or liver failure.

Water retention may also be due to other factors, such as spending many hours standing or seated, wearing clothing that is too tight, which worsens the circulation, heat and excessive moisture, or the use of certain medicines (such as corticosteroids, hormone replacement products, etc.).

Diuretics and weight loss

When excess weight is due to a buildup of fluid, a diuretic can help to promote the loss of weight and volume in the body.

We should be very clear that this type of substance does NOT diminish the percentage of body fat, rather that of water.

It is very important to keep this in mind in order to avoid the consumption of diuretics in excess by those who believe that it is a long-term weight-loss method, without realising that the results are only very short term.

Weight loss means much more than eliminating excess fluids, it means lowering our body fat through an effective diet and exercise. If your goal is to lose weight, look for information at a medical centre or from a qualified nutritionist.

Natural Diuretics

There are many plant extracts that have properties that promote the loss of excess water from the body.

In this list we will name the best natural diuretics:

  • Horse tail extract
  • Green tea, white tea, black tea, and red tea
  • Hibiscus extract
  • Artichoke
  • Juniper extract
  • Fennel extract
  • Dandelion
  • Uva-ursi extract
  • Salvia extract
  • Guarná summary
  • Goldenrod extract
  • Ortoxifon
  • Coffee
  • Birch extract
  • Boldo extract
  • Meadowsweet extract
  • St. John's wort (Hypericum Perforatum).

In addition to these plants, it is essential that we increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables in our diet that contain high doses of potassium, essential for regulating fluids in our bodies. Among the diuretic foods are cranberries, currants, cucumbers, watermelon, ginger, asparagus, parsley, beet, grapes, green beans, green leaf vegetables, pineapple, pumpkin, onion, leek, garlic.

Tips to prevent fluid retention

  • Reduce sodium consumption (avoid cheese, sauces, processed meats, canned foods, sausages, etc).
  • Physical exercise or taking a walk for an hour a day
  • Avoid standing for long periods of time (especially in hot places)
  • If you spend a lot of time sitting, it is advisable to put your legs up
  • Drink 2 litres of water a day
  • Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Consume an effective natural diuretic (either in the form of herbal teas or capsules).
  • Increase your consumption of potassium.

Side effects of diuretics

Consumption of a natural diuretic is safe as long as we do so with caution. The side effect of the use of diuretics is always an increase in urination.

An excess in the consumption of these substances can cause fatigue, nausea, muscle weakness, sore muscles, an irregular heartbeat, hypotension and hypokalemic alkalosis, among other potentially severe problems.

The types of side effects caused by such products vary from one person to another. If you are using some kind of medication, it is very important to check with your doctor before taking diuretics, especially if you have any health problems (circulation problems, high blood pressure, kidney or liver diseases).

Buy diuretics

There are various places where effective natural diuretics can be bought (pharmacies, herbalists, sports nutrition stores, etc).

At HSNstore we have a wide range of natural diuretics and where you can also find information about the active ingredients and choose the product to suits your tastes (in the form of capsules, liquid extracts and infusions). We have the best supplement brands based on herbal extracts such as Soria Natural, Natural Prism, Natrol, among others.

The best powerful natural diuretics

Here is a list of powerful natural diuretics that you can find in our online store:

HSN Essentials

  • Green tea extract (in capsule form)

Prisma Natural

  • Artichoke profile or extract (liquid extracts)
  • Extract of horsetail (liquid)
  • Artichoke microspheres (diuretic pills)
  • Dandelion (diuretic pills)

Soria Natural

  • Cofidren (available in vials)
  • 01-C diuracil (capsules)
  • 10-C Betula Complex (capsules)
  • Ciresvid (vials)
  • Red tea infusion (available as tea or in capsules)
  • Green tea infusion (available as an infusion or as diuretic pills) 
  • Fennel Infusion (plant extract)
  • Drenamass (liquid extract)
  • Horsetail (available as tea or capsules)

Natrol

  • Water Pill (diuretic pills)

If you are looking for a diuretic that also has fat burning properties, we recommend:

  • Animal Cuts from Universal Nutrition
  • Extreme Cut Explosion Woman fromGold Nutrition
  • Water Cut by Scitec nutrition
  • Squeeze from Sculpt
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