Foods As Diuretics

Diuretics promote the excretion of excess fluid from the body. This reduces swelling of the limbs and prevents high blood pressure caused by increased blood volume. Because diuretic drugs have several side effects, consider using foods as diuretics. Diuretic foods contain high levels of water, which help flush excess fluids out of the bloodstream.

Watercress

Watercress has diuretic properties and contains very few calories. NutrientData reports that one serving of raw watercress also has 1 g of protein, making this a nutritious addition to salads and main dishes. Toss raw watercress with vegetables and nuts for a healthy lunch that will help you flush excess fluid from your body.

Artichokes

Artichokes flush water from the body and provide an excellent source of potassium and folacin. One large artichoke has only 58 calories and contains 25 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance for folacin, according to the AgriLIFE Extension at Texas A&M University.

Pears

Juicy pears contain enough water to act as a natural diuretic. This fruit promotes fluid loss and adds flavor to fruit salads and main dishes. Select Anjou, red Bartlett or Bartlett pears for a low-calorie snack that prevents fluid retention and swelling.

Leeks

Leeks taste like a mild onion and have diuretic properties. Eaten as a cooked vegetable, leeks make a good addition to frittatas, omelets and casseroles. One cup of boiled leeks has just 32 calories and 1 g of dietary fiber, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database.

Asparagus

The medicinal properties of asparagus date back to the Renaissance when people used it as an aphrodisiac and a blood cleansing agent. Asparagus also contains vitamin A, fiber, vitamin C and folate. Add sliced raw asparagus to a salad or steam, grill, roast or boil the asparagus as a side dish for a healthy dinner.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers contain high levels of water, making them an ideal diuretic food. This food also contains very few calories, so you can add cucumbers to salads or eat cucumber slices as a snack. Women with puffy eyes often use the diuretic benefits of the cucumber by placing slices over their eyelids.

Peaches

Dripping with juices, peaches provide the benefits of a diuretic without the side effects of harsh medications. You can eat peaches to cleanse your bladder and kidneys. Eat a whole peach as part of a healthy snack or add sliced peaches to your morning cereal to take advantage of the benefits of this fruit.

About this Author

Leigh A. Zaykoski began working as a freelance writer in 2004. Her medical content has appeared on dozens of websites and in professional association newsletters. Zaykoski attended the University of Pittsburgh and Keystone College, studying microbiology and business administration. She is currently pursuing a medical writing certification.