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Is there a diuretic food or drink?

  1. It sounds very attractive: products that ensure that your moisture dissipates. Are they real?

  1. The fluid balance in our body is an ingenious system that is very closely regulated by the body. That is necessary, because moisture is really a basic need of our body, for every cell, from head to toe. However, it can sometimes happen that you retain more fluid than you want, for example just before your period or if you have eaten very salty. Some foods are said to have a diuretic effect.

Lemon juice (in water)

  1. Start the day with a glass of water containing lemon juice. Some people swear by it. However, it is highly questionable that the lemon juice has a diuretic effect. It is probably the water that causes the 'I have to pee' effect. Because no matter how crazy it may sound: if you retain moisture, it is smart to drink a lot of water. This stimulates the kidneys to excrete the excess fluid. This of course applies (like everything in this article) only to people who are healthy and have nothing to do with the kidneys.

Coffee and tea

  1. It has been scientifically proven that coffee has a diuretic (diuretic) effect. Shortly after drinking a cup of coffee, the body starts to excrete fluid. But beware: this is a short-term effect. It is not the case that drinking coffee dehydrates you, so you lose more moisture than you take in. Coffee consists of more than 95 percent water and therefore simply counts towards your daily fluid intake. The same goes for tea.

Apple cider vinegar

  1. This type of vinegar is said to stimulate the fruit acids from the apples to stimulate a 'fat-burning process'. People who want to lose weight are advised to drink a glass of water with apple cider vinegar. This is absolutely unsubstantiated, just like the water with lemon juice. It is purely the water that stimulates the kidneys and bladder.

Asparagus (and other vegetables)

  1. Not surprising that people think that asparagus is a diuretic. After all, most people immediately smell in their urine that they have eaten asparagus. Eating asparagus, despite the presence of the substance asparagine, cannot compete with water tablets (diuretics), for example for people with high blood pressure. Incidentally, many vegetables are said to have a diuretic effect, such as celery, endive, artichoke, cucumber and carrots. There is some truth in it: vegetables are important for the moisture balance. Firstly, because they contain a lot of potassium, a mineral that is involved in blood pressure and water balance. Moreover, vegetables naturally contain a lot of water and so they also contribute to your moisture balance.

Parsley

  1. Parsley is said to have a diuretic effect and again this has not been proven. The big advantage of parsley is that it is such a good seasoning. Those who use a lot of parsley and other fresh herbs need less salt. And salt has been proven to make the body retain more water!

What really helps?

  1. If you retain moisture, choosing moisturizing products will not help. What really helps is drinking a lot (water, coffee, tea), being careful with salt and eating a lot of vegetables. This will improve your moisture balance in a natural and healthy way.

  2. If you retain moisture, choosing moisturizing products will not help. What really helps is drinking a lot (water, coffee, tea), being careful with salt and eating a lot of vegetables. This improves your moisture balance in a natural and healthy way.



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