Women over 50 have a particularly hard time maintaining weight for several reasons. Metabolism has slowed way down, Thyroid function has decreased in functionality and we are not as active as we were when we were younger. Other reasons could include illness, injury and heredity.
Experts agree that eating less and moving more are key to losing weight. It is also important to have a healthy colon and drink plenty of water. If you are healthy and are urinating 8-10 times a day, then you are drinking enough water.
This is part 1 in a series of articles that will feature herbs to aid in weight loss.
Diuretic Herbs – the natural way to relieve water weight
If you happen to feel bloated or retain water, you may be producing too much insulin. This make it impossible to burn fat. Using too much salt or eat high-sodium foods my also be a cause in water retention. The goal here is to lower the amount of carbohydrate foods in the body and increase the intake of protein foods and good fats.
A natural way to relieve access water in the body is to drink herbs teas specifically known for their diuretic properties. Some are listed here. It is also an effective way to consume your water intake. If you know of other herbs that are great diuretics, please let me know by commenting down below.
Botanical name: Medicago sativa
Nutrients: All the known vitamins and minerals with higher amounts of calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E, K and all the essential amino acids.
Drug interactions: No known drug interactions. Although, it has been considered a light blood thinner.
Description: Alfalfa has been useful to generate energy and endurance. It has also helped to alkalize and detoxify the body.
Botanical name: Zea mays
Nutrients: Calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vitamins A, B1, B3, C and K.
Drug Interactions: No known drug interactions.
Description: It contains the cell-proliferant and wound-healing substance allantoin, which speeds the healing process. It also acts on the bladder, kidney and small intestine.
Herb: DANDELION LEAF
Herb: DANDELION ROOT
Botanical name: Taraxacum officinale
Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C .
Drug interactions: Interacts with Ciproflacin, Loop diuretics, Spirronolactone, Thiazide diuretics, Trimterene.
Description: Dandelion has been used in the treatment of gall bladder and urinary disorders. It is a valuable blood purifier.
CAUTION: Do not use if have gallstones or obstruction of bile ducts.
Herb: GRAVEL ROOT
Botanical name: Eupatorium purpureum
AKA QUEEN OF THE MEADOW
Description: Its main use is to treat urinary infections and stones/gravel.
Caution: Do not use if pregnant or while nursing. Has just recently been put on the FDA’ s list of herbs that should not be taken internally.
Botanical name: Hydrangea arborescens
Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc.
Description: Main use is for dissolving stones and gravel from the urinary tract.
Caution: Excessive doses can cause dizziness and bronchial congestion.
Botanical name: Hyssopus officinalis
Drug interactions: No know drug interactions.
Description: Hyssop was so highly esteemed in the past that it was considered to be a virtual cure-all.
Caution: Should not be used by pregnant women. Not recommended for those with seizures.
Botanical name: Juniperus communis
Nutrients: Calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C.
Drug interactions: Interacts with loop and Thiazide diuretics, Spironolactone, Triamterene.
Description: Juniper is high in natural insulin. It has the ability to restore the pancreas when no permanent damage has been done. A potent diuretic.
Caution: Do not use when pregnant or have kidney disease. Do not use for more than six weeks at a time.
Botanical name: Avena sativa
Nutrients: Calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and E.
Drug Interactions: No known drug interactions.
Description: Mainly used as a nerve tonic, for insomnia, depression and for treating high Triglycerides.
Herb: PARSLEY ROOT
Botanical name: Petroselinum sativum
Nutrients: Calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2,B3, B5, C and E.
Description: It has been useful for chronic liver and gallbladder diseases. The roots act most readily on the kidneys in comparison to other parts of the plant. It is considered a strong diuretic.
Botanical name: Thymus vulgaris
Nutrients: Amino Acids, calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.
Drug Interactions: No know Drug Interactions.
Description: Thyme is a common household spice that has many medicinal values including supporting a diminished appetite.
Caution: Excessive use can lead to poisoning symptoms and overstimulation of the thyroid gland.
Botanical name: Arctostaphylos uva ursi
Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C.
Drug Interactions: Interacts with Acetaminophen with Codeine, Atropine, Cardec DM, Codeine, Ephedrine and Pseudo ephedrine, Lomotil/Lonex, Loop Diuretics, Spironolactone, Theophylline/Aminophylline, Thiazide diuretics and Triamterene.
Description: Uva Ursi has a specific affinity for the genito-urinary organs, especially for gravel or ulcerations of the kidney and bladder.
Caution: Uva Ursi is very high in tannins. Do not use if pregnant. Not for use longer than 2-3 weeks as it will cause cramping, nausea and vomiting.
Herb: YARROW FLOWERS
Botanical name: Achillea millefolium
Nutrients: Choline, inositol, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, silicon, selenium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E, F (fatty acids), K and P (bioflavonoids).
Drug Interactions: No known Drug Interactions.
Description: Yarrow is well-known for its use as a remedy for cold/flu/fever. It helps with circulation and is beneficial to all parts of the body.
Caution: It is not appropriate for long term use. Do not use if pregnant.
Many natural remedies to aid in Weight Loss
There are many other herbs that are helpful in weight loss. If you know of any more that are specific diuretics aiding weight loss, let me know in the comments.