Written by Bhaavyaa Sahukari.
Drugs that encourage the elimination of water and salt from the body are called diuretics. It comes from the name- diuretics are drugs that increase the production of urine.
Natural diuretic brown rice includes caffeine, parsley, asparagus, celery and dandelion leaves nicknamed as 'wet-the-bed' in parts of England and pissenlit in France.
Diuretics are prescribed specifically to lower BLOOD PRESSURE and to treat heart failure and other severe conditions. They reduce fluid and salt in the body and alleviate the symptoms of oedema fluid retention, usually in the feet and ankles. The effects can be dramatic, with swollen feet and hands visibly regaining their normal shape.
Unfortunately, many diuretics also stimulate calcium excretion and may promote mineral loss from the bones. They may also cause excessive amounts of potassium to be lost in the urine. Low levels of potassium in the blood can produce unpleasant side effects, including appetite loss, constipation, weak muscles, memory loss and confusion. More seriously, potassium deficiency can interfere with the normal functioning of the heart.