Five Diuretic Infusions to Reduce Water Retention

04 February, 2021
If you're following any medical treatment to control fluid retention you should consult with a specialist before drinking these remedies in case they might interfere.

The anti-inflammatory properties of some plant diuretic infusions help counteract the symptoms of liquid retention. Therefore, you can take advantage of them from time to time to get relief and feel better.

Diuretic infusions, a worthwhile supplement

Fluid retention is a common discomfort that’s related to different issues, such as hormonal changes, excessive consumption of salt (sodium), hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, consumption of certain medications, among others.

To alleviate it, depending on the cause, it’s essential to follow your doctor’s instructions and, at the same time, make certain lifestyle changes and, above all, learn to stay properly hydrated.

The experts of the Spanish Heart Foundation indicate that “in addition to an improvement in eating habits, other measures that help reduce edemas are to keep the legs elevated, avoid sitting for very long periods of time and practice regular physical exercise”.

According to popular belief, another way to alleviate fluid retention is to combine water intake with some natural beverages that have diuretic properties. To help you, here are some options for you to consider when you need them.

1. Birch infusion

A cup of diuretic birch tea.

This birch infusion can be an option to supplement daily hydration if you have fluid retention. It’s easily prepared, has a mild taste, and, obviously, has diuretic properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. of water
  • 1 tsp. of dried birch leaves

Preparation

  • Add the birch leaves to a cup of boiling water and leave it to stand for 10 minutes
  • After this time, filter it with a strainer

Method of consumption

  • If your doctor authorizes it, drink one cup mid-morning and another mid-afternoon
  • Avoid adding sugar or sweeteners, as these promote fluid retention

Note: This remedy is counter-indicated for pregnant women and people with hypertension or cardiac disease.

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2. Willow bark infusion

The diuretic properties of willow bark are ideal for relieving edema and illnesses associated with it. It contains essential oils, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help to remove toxins through the urine.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. of water
  • 1 tsp. of willow bark

Preparation

  • Immerse the willow bark in a cup of boiling water and cover it
  • Leave it to stand for 10 minutes then strain it

Method of consumption

  • Drink the infusion mid-morning for two consecutive weeks

Note: This drink should be avoided by people who are allergic to aspirin or who have respiratory allergies or gastric ulcers.

3. Diuretic infusions: green tea

A cup of green tea.

Due to its content of antioxidant substances and its diuretic effect, green tea is one of the most consumed beverages to combat fluid retention in a natural way.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. of water
  • 1 tsp. of green tea

Preparation

  • Add a teaspoon of green tea to a cup of boiling water and leave it to stand for 10 minutes
  • Once it has brewed, filter it with a strainer

Method of consumption

  • Drink 45 minutes after one of your main meals so that the beverage does not impede the absorption of nutrients
  • Avoid drinking more than three cups a day

Note: Green tea is counter-indicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding and for patients with an iron deficiency, hypotension, or nervous conditions.

4. Artichoke infusion

One of the best remedies for eliminating retained liquids from the body is artichoke infusion. This drink not only improves liver function but also stimulates kidney cleansing and calms ailments that result from inflammation.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 an artichoke
  • 1 c. of water

Preparation

  • Separate the leaves of half an artichoke, boil the water in a pan and add the leaves
  • Turn down the heat and leave the infusion for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Turn it off, leave it to stand, and then strain it

Method of consumption

  • Drink the infusion first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and, if you like, repeat mid-afternoon
  • Avoid drinking at night to prevent you from getting up to urinate and not getting a good night’s rest

Note: Not recommended for people with gallbladder stones due to its oxalate content.

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5. Diuretic infusions: dandelion

A cup of diuretic dandelion tea.

In natural medicine, the dandelion stands out as one of the most powerful diuretics. It promotes the elimination of liquids and also helps purify the blood.

Ingredients

  • 1 c. of water
  • 1 tsp. of dandelion

Preparation

  • Firstly, add the dandelion to a cup of boiling water and cover it
  • Leave it to stand for 5 to 10 minutes then strain it

Method of consumption

  • Firstly, drink a cup of the infusion mid-morning
  • Don’t drink more than 3-4 cups a day

Note: This should not be consumed during pregnancy or if you have gallbladder or stomach problems.

Reducing water retention

Do you feel heaviness in your extremities? Are you not eliminating liquids well? If you are experiencing any symptoms of liquid retention, go see your doctor and follow their instructions.

Additionally, you can prepare these infusions that we’ve recommended. These are more recommendable options than industrial beverages, which are rich in sugar and salt, and harm your health.

Remember that, on their own, these natural drinks won’t solve your health problems. Therefore, always use them as supplements, never as cures or treatments for diseases and ailments.

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