WRITTEN BY ZOE SMITH, BS PHARMACEUTICAL AND MEDICAL WRITER
THIS ARTICLE IS WRITTEN EXCLUSIVELY FOR NIGELLASATIVACENTER.COM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Water retention occurs when one of the body's mechanisms for maintaining water levels is impaired or disrupted. It can be fatal and lead to serious complications.
When extra fluid accumulates in the body, you feel “puffed up” and heavy. You can notice swellings of the hands, ankles, legs, feet, skin color changes, joint pains, pitting in your skin, and weight gain. If left untreated, water retention can lead to respiratory distress and affect the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively.
Extra fluid in the body could be mild, resulting from sitting for long periods, long flights, or hormonal change during your menstrual cycle or pregnancy. However, they could also be due to underlying health conditions such as renal impairment and cardiac failure. These conditions require that you seek immediate medical attention.
To resolve water retention in the body, diuretic medications are often prescribed by physicians. There are however, natural diuretics that can be taken as well.
What are Diuretics?
Diuretics are substances that increase the amount of water and salt you excrete in the form of urine from the body.
When made available as medications, they are also referred to as water pills. They are prescribed to treat conditions including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, liver failure, edema, and kidney diseases such as kidney stones. They help get rid of excess water by increasing urination.
These are foods (herbs and spices) and drinks that can help increase the amount of urine you produce and remove extra fluid in the body.
Nigella sativa is a medicinal plant from the family Ranunculaceae. It is native to Southern Europe, Southwest Asia, and North Africa. It is a natural diuretic whose diuretic potential almost equals that of a prescription diuretic. It is also known as black cumin, black seed, kalonji, and haba al barakah.
Nigella sativa used as a spice, flavor, and food preservative is also promoted for its pharmacological potentials. One of these potentials includes its diuretic effects.
Studies on hypertensive rats have revealed that Nigella sativa extract (black cumin oil) has the therapeutic effect of increasing urine production and lowering blood pressure.
In a clinical trial on humans, it was said to also lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures (BPs) without any adverse effects in healthy respondents.
THE BLACK CUMIN OIL (NIGELLA SATIVA) I USE IS THIS ONE.
Caffeine is a stimulant that occurs naturally in certain leaves, seeds, and fruits of over 60 plant species. These include coffee beans, tea leaves, and buds, cacao beans, yerba mate leaf, dola nuts, and guarana seeds.
It is majorly found in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. It is known to help weight loss, improve alertness and cognitive function when taken in moderate amounts.
Consuming caffeine, especially at high doses of 250-300mg, has been proven to have a diuretic effect.
Taking caffeine in small amounts is unlikely to bring about an increase in urine production. Also, consuming caffeine in large amounts over time or regularly may result in you developing tolerance to its diuretic properties.
Hawthorn plant is a relative of the rose family is a plant. It is scientifically known as Crataegus and native to Europe, North America, Asia, and North Africa.
Promoted for its pharmacological benefits as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, its leaves, flowers, and berries can be processed into medicine.
It has been said to effectively treat both hypertension (high blood pressure) and low blood pressure. It has also been used to treat congestive heart failure.
These have been linked to its diuretic effects. Hawthorn nutrients have been proven to increase urinary excretion and flow.
WHAT I RECOMMEND IS DR. CHRISTOPHER'S HAWTHORNE BERRY SYRUP
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