What are the different types of diuretic foods?

Diuretic foods are foods that are high in water content and therefore promote increased urination. Sometimes diuretic foods are also high in fiber which can help create more frequent bowel movements. These foods are often eaten by people looking to increase urination or bowel movements or remove toxins from their systems. Due to their cleansing properties, diuretic foods are also often consumed by people looking to cleanse their kidneys and thus improve organ function.

Most diuretic foods are vegetables. Cucumbers and asparagus, for example, are especially good at promoting urination and improving kidney function. Cucumbers are a good source of silicon and sulfur which help improve the kidney's ability to remove uric acid. Asparagus contains asparigine which helps improve kidney function in general.

Other vegetables that fall into the category of diuretic foods include beets, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, carrots, artichokes, watercress, and cabbage. In fact, people looking to flush out toxins and lose weight often diet with cabbage soup. Recipes used for the cabbage soup diet vary, but often include other vegetables listed above. Often thought of as a vegetable but technically a fruit, tomatoes also have diuretic properties.

Those looking for a grain with diuretic properties can turn to oatmeal. Oatmeal contains silica, a natural diuretic. Eating oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to incorporate this natural diuretic into your diet. Oatmeal can also be mixed into cookies and granola mixes.

Beets, mentioned earlier, are root vegetables that can help in cleansing the body and are also believed to help attack fatty deposits in the body. They are not the only root that can be classified as a diuretic food. Other diuretic roots include garlic, onion, radish, and horseradish. Garlic, like beets, is believed to help break down and remove fat. Horseradish, raw onions, and radishes are believed to speed up metabolism while promoting urination and bowel movements.

To get the most out of these diuretic foods, it is recommended to consume them raw. A watercress salad with tomatoes, asparagus, cucumber, raw onions and a garlic dressing, for example, can be a delicious meal that consists exclusively of diuretic foods. While garlic, onion, and horseradish can be difficult to consume raw, even small amounts of these roots, diced or chopped, can improve overall health and wellness.

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