Accumulation of excess fluids in the body, or water retention, can lead to high blood pressure. Often, sodium consumed through a diet is found to be the major cause of fluid retention, also referred to as edema.
Whenever you consult your doctor for high blood pressure, he/she may recommend a medication acting as a diuretic, to flush out the excess fluid build up in your body. Natural diuretics are also often preferred to lower water retention. It should be noted that though these remedies are not supported by strong scientific evidence, still they have been used for decades, or rather I would say, for centuries. It is imperative that you consult your physician while taking these diuretics, through diets, or as a supplement. Always keep in mind, these remedies need to be administered under medical supervision only. Depending upon your body's need, your doctor decides the dosage quantity for you, either through diet or through medication.
Natural Diuretics for Lowering BP
Garlic: Garlic, also referred to as Allium sativum scientifically, is considered to be one of the best remedies for lowering blood pressure. Garlic, consumed as cloves or through garlic powder capsules, reduces dysfunction or spasm of small arteries, helps to maintain a normal pulse rate and alleviate symptoms of high blood pressure such as giddiness and shortness of breath.
Brown rice: Brown rice is one of the best among natural diuretic foods, low in cholesterol and salt content and hence, works best as hypertension medication. Brown rice diet, enriched with calcium, creates an alleviating effect on the nervous system and reduces the symptoms of high blood pressure.
Dandelion: Though not supported by scientific evidence, dandelion remains to be the most favored natural diuretic. Some sources state that the dandelion does not exhaust potassium content in the body. Dandelion tea reduces water retention in the body. However, make sure that you seek your doctor's opinion before self administering this treatment, since it may react with some antibiotics.
Celery Seed: This herb, taken through diet, or in form of a capsule, is enriched with a diuretic ingredient, called 3-n-Butylphthalide. Some research has affirmed that celery seeds boost blood circulation in the body. Celery seed intake may lead to an allergic reaction, so consult the doctor before adopting celery seed as a diuretic.
Indian gooseberry: A tablespoon of honey and fresh Indian gooseberry juice blend in the morning is also advised to lower blood pressure.
Watermelon: Watermelon, believed to be a shielding agent against high blood pressure, expands blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure.
Parsley: Parsley, one among the best natural diuretics for high blood pressure, is enriched with potassium. It stocks the potassium quantity in the body. It is also believed that, parsley works best if consumed as a tea.
Lemon: Along with vitamin C, lemon is also enriched with vitamin P. Lemon tea benefits include prevention of capillaries from getting brittle.
Prescription diuretics and over-the-counter diuretics is the most popular way of curing high blood pressure in the UK and the US. The mechanism is to excrete excess amount of salt and water through urine, which in turn, lowers blood pressure. It also soothes blood vessels. Consult your doctor for the best brands available in pharmacies.
For centuries, these diuretics have been found to work best for high blood pressure, but you have to remember, you should consult your doctor before taking these, since some of these have side effects such as allergic reactions.
Disclaimer:This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.