We need to be careful with the quantities we ingest from these herbs. They can be very potent, so, a balanced diet is important for the urinary system.
In order for the urinary system to eliminate all toxins, it is necessary to be hydrated. But there are times when, due to some imbalance or bad habit, liquids accumulate in our body. Thus, it is then necessary to resort to diuretic plants. (1, 2) In addition, it is recommended to follow a proper diet, drink water (2 to 3 liters per day) and exercise. Find out more in the next article.
How exactly do those diuretic herbs work?
When we eat a meal included in the group of beneficial diuretics, we force the body to produce more urine. Thanks to this, we eliminate mineral salts and filter the blood. It is necessary to be very careful because some of these foods are very powerful and can dehydrate us. Therefore, complying with the doses we recommend is essential.
If more water enters the body than it leaves, edema can occur. On the other hand, if we eliminate more water than it enters, dehydration occurs. The balance between the two is healthy.
Experts also advise you to pay extra attention to the number of days you maintain this diuretic plan, or in other words, try to avoid some sort of imbalance or health problem. The cases in which it is recommended to consume natural diuretics are:
- Stones in the kidneys (calculations)
- Edema or fluid retention
- High cholesterol
- High uric acid
- Varicose veins
- Bad circulation
- Leg cramps
Later we will talk about diuretic plants but, before, know the fruits and vegetables of this property:
Which are are the best diuretic plants for improving the urinary system?
There are several plants and herbs with diuretic properties that can help you eliminate excess water in the body. In all cases, they are consumed by a tea or infusion.
Take note that the diuretic action of plants is strong and, if consumed for a long time, it can worsen the health of the kidneys. If you have any problem related to the urinary system, you should consult a doctor.
The diuretic plants that can help you are:
It could be said that, among all natural diuretics, the dandelion is the softest, that’s why it’s the first one we put on this list. Anyone can use it, regardless of their condition. It cleanses the body and purifies the kidneys. (3)
- 1 liter of water
- 3 spoonfuls of dandelion (45 g)
Heat ½ liter of water. When it reaches the boiling point, remove it from the heat and add the herbs. Let it infuse for a few minutes, then strain and pour the remaining water at room temperature.
Drink the full liter throughout the day. If you find it bitter you can add 2 tablespoons of honey.
It is a little stronger than the previous one as far as diuretic action is concerned, so you have to be more careful in its consumption.
- 1 cup of water
- ½ spoonful of horsetail (7.5 g)
Heat the water. When it reaches boiling point, remove it from the heat and add the horsetail. Let stand 5 minutes and filter the content. Sweeten (if that’s what you prefer).
This plant is not very “graceful”. Like the thistle has more properties than the whole world imagines. The nettle is good for the skin and hair and also has diuretic effects.
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
- 1 teaspoon of nettle (5 g)
Heat the water with the plant. When it starts to boil, turn off the heat and leave a few minutes. Filter and drink immediately. You can drink up to 3 cups per day.
Not only can this plant be used to flavor our sauces or creams. Laurel is a potent diuretic that is used in people with edema or circulatory problems.
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup of water (250 ml)
Heat the water. Same as before, when it starts to boil, remove it from the heat and add the bay leaves. Let rest a few minutes, filter and drink. You can drink it up to 2 cups per day are allowed.
Yet More Diuretic Plants:
Birch: Make a decoction with 50 grams of the bark of this tree per liter of water. This amount gives you 5 days.
Margarita: Prepare a tea with 1 tablespoon of flowers per cup of water. Drink up to 3 cups daily.
Milk Thistle: Perform a 50-gram cooking of the dried roots of the plant for each liter of water and drink maximum ¾ liter per day.
Mullein: You need 30 grams of flowers per liter of boiling water. Infuse for 10 minutes and strain to remove stamens, which can cause allergy. Up to 3 cups per day are allowed.
Willow: Make a decoction with 30 grams of the bark of this tree per liter of water. Drink ¾ part per day.
Plantain: Crush the plant and filter the liquid. Mix with sugar and put in a saucepan to melt in a water bath. Consume up to 3 tablespoons daily.
Pansy: Make an infusion with 1 teaspoon (5 g) of the dried plant per cup of boiling water. You can drink up to 3 cups a day.
Verbena: Prepare a tea with a teaspoon of the dried plant for a ¼ liter of water. Sweeten with honey. Repeat up to 3 times a day.