36 Diuretic Foods

36 Diuretic Foods

There are many things you can find to eat that will act as diuretic foods, and they come in almost every one of the four basic food groups. You can find fruits and vegetables, oats and grains, and even beverages to suit your diuretic needs. Some people turn to pills and other medications in order to soothe their diuretic needs, but it is just as easy to go the natural route by simply adding certain things to your diet.

What's a Diuretic?

A diuretic is either a food, herb, beverage or anything else that aides in the process of making your body release more urine. Increasing the amount of times your body releases fluids can do three things for you: excrete toxins from the body, lower your blood pressure and help get rid of extra water weight.

Fruits and Vegetables

Any fruit with a large amount of water in it is a good choice for a diuretic. Many fruits, such as cranberries and juniper berries, are also good system cleansers and infection fighters. Many of the green leafy vegetables, while having diuretic properties, also have antioxidant and cancer fighting properties as well.There are many fruits and vegetables available to buy that can be used as a natural choice for a diuretic, such as:
  • Cranberries
  • Watermelon
  • Lemon
  • Juniper Berries
  • Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Beets
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Watercress
  • Celery
  • Eggplant


These herbs are easy to add into your diet as additions to your ordinary meals to add a bit more flavor. Certain herbs, such as garlic, have also been shown to have heart healthy qualities. Some good diuretic herbs are:
  • Parsley
  • Horseradish
  • Ginger
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Stinging Nettle
  • Hawthorn Herb
  • Garlic
  • Fennel
  • Raw Onion
  • Celery Seed

Oats and Other Food

Not only can oats help fight against high cholesterol, but they are also perfect for fighting against fluid retention. Other things you can add to food, such as vinegars, can add to your potassium levels as well.
  • Oats
  • Apple Cider Vinegar


Some drinks that can be used as diuretics should not come as a surprise because of all their other health benefits. Anything with caffeine can be used as a diuretic, as well as:
  • Coffee
  • Green Tea
  • Carrot Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Dandelion Tea
  • Sodas
  • Tea
  • Lemon Juice added to a glass of water

There is only one problem with diurectic foods, and that is potential dehydration. Since they cause the removal of too much water from the body, this causes you to lose out on precious vitamins and minerals. Therefore, be sure to continue to drink plenty of fluids during the times you are using diurectic herbs, beverages and foods.

  • Sheila

    Thanks for writing this article. My doctor recently prescribed some medication and water gain/retention is an unfortunate side-effect….it’s driving me crazy! Rather than going back to the doctor for another prescription to lose water I have been trying to find the right foods to eat…this article is a perfect reference!

  • rob

    Im tryin to clean out my system of thc. I have been clean for 3 months. I recently took a ua or drug test for a job and failed due to thc still being in my system. Any suggestions besides the obvious of abstence. Any help would be great. Im 31 male. Weight 187 height 5 feet 9 inches. <just in case so u have a good idea what to work wigh. Thank u and yes im wantin to remain sober after this

  • rico

    Get a job that doesn’t require drug testing.