Bloating is not an uncommon ailment to us. We all have suffered from bloating one way or the other, be it after a meal or from monthly hormonal fluctuations. To prevent bloating, you will want to familiarise yourself with diuretics.
What Are Diuretics
Diuretics, also known as water pills, are medications that are designed to help your body get rid of salt and water by stimulating the release of sodium into your urine by the kidneys. Water is extracted from your blood to increase the concentration of the sodium levels. In doing so, more urine is produced and lowers the concentration of water in the blood. One advantage of consuming diuretics is that it relieves water retention if you are suffering from high blood pressure, oedema (a condition where there is an excess of fluids that are accumulated in the cavities or tissues of your body) or other body conditions with chronic water retention issues. But if you are not one to be popping pills, you can consume natural diuretics to help you with your bloating and water retention problems.
Vegetables and fruits that have high water content, potassium, calcium and magnesium can help to relieve the constriction of blood vessels that causes bloating when you have consumed too much sodium. There are many natural diuretics you can incorporate into your diet to help you and your tummy feel a lot better in a shorter time frame. In this article, we will be looking at eight natural diuretics you can try.
Ginger is the Asian mothers’ go-to ingredient for bloating and uneasy tummies. As a natural, anti-inflammatory, gingers soothes your digestive system, relaxes the muscles of your digestive tract, and therefore reducing gas and relieving bloating. Ginger contains a protein digestive enzyme known as zingibain that is effective against the bloat and gas. You may choose to take raw ginger root or make your own ginger powder tea.
Potassium can help to eliminate fluid, and beetroots are a great source of potassium. Beetroots are also rich in betanin, an amino acid that gives beetroots their purplish hue. Betaine has been found to improve digestion by increasing the acid levels in the stomach, leading to reduced bloating, preventing food intolerances, and controlling the growth of bacterial and yeast growth.
Asparagus has been used by ancient people since centuries ago when they were aware of its anti-bloating properties. The vegetable’s diuretic effects come from the amino acid asparagine found in the vegetable, and asparagus has been used to treat rheumatism, swelling and premenstrual water retention. A word of caution though, your pee will smell strongly of asparagus. This is due to the break down of the asparagusic acid when you have digested the food. The benefits of asparagus do outweigh the distinct smell of your asparagus-tinted urine of course. Containing prebiotics, soluble and insoluble fibres, asparagus help to support the growth of good bacteria in your gut, which leads to a healthy balance in your digestive tract to reduce or even prevent the build-up of gas.
Fennel seeds contain compounds like anethole, estragole and fenchone that have anti-inflammatory and calmative properties which are beneficial for the tummy. They ease abdominal cramps, relieve belly bloat and reduce gas. You may either choose to drink fennel tea or eat the seeds directly.
You cannot miss out this item when you think of foods that help with digestive issues. Yoghurt has probiotics that regulate your digestive system, and fight for the overall health of your digestive tract. And the best part is, it is such an easy food item to consume. You can purchase plain yoghurt, flavoured yoghurt, mix it into your smoothie, incorporate it into your overnight oats, the possibility of yoghurt is quite limitless.
Papaya contains papain, an enzyme that breaks down protein and aids in digestion. It regulates your bowel movement, thereby reducing gas in your digestive system and helps to ease the bloating. Eat it on its own, have a papaya fruit juice or as a milkshake.
To combat foods that have high sodium content, you will need foods that are rich in potassium. Another food item that is rich in potassium is banana. And this yellow fruit can help to balance the sodium content in your body and prevent water retention. And we all know how bananas can help with constipation problems. So the more regular your bowel movements are, the less junk there is piled up inside your digestive system, and the less you are likely to bloat as well.
What can cucumbers not do? Using chilled sliced cucumbers not only get reduce dark eye circles and prevent you from looking like a panda, but it can also help you to debloat. Cucumbers are known to have high water content and contain an antioxidant known as quercetin that helps to reduce swelling. Other than depuffing your eye bags, cucumbers can also ‘depuff’ your digestive system.