By Mail on Sunday Reporter
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It’s an unpleasant feeling to get off a plane and feel your ankles are puffy. One solution is to take a diuretic, which removes water from the body by increasing the amount of urine the kidneys produce. Often known as water tablets, they can be used to treat a number of conditions from high blood pressure to bloating and monthly fluid retention. While most of them are prescription-only, a number of diuretic preparations –many of them chemical-free herbal options – are available over the counter. Here are five that may provide some relief.
1. Clipper Dandelion, £1.90 (20 tea bags)
Native to Northern Europe and Asia, the dandelion is farmed for the juice of the root, a detoxifying diuretic used to treat liver and kidney complaints. Found here as a herbal tea infusion.
2. Aquaban Tablets, £3.59 (30 tablets)
Contains ammonium chloride and caffeine, two diuretics that help rid the body of water in the tissues and cells and relieve the puffiness and tenderness associated with PMS.
3. Kudos Clensoplex, £7.29 (30 capsules)
The capsules contain dandelion, a natural diuretic, potassium, which helps to regulate the body’s water balance, and Vitamin C to aid the rebalancing effect. www.chemistdirect.co.uk
4. Valerian Root Liquid Extract, £4.99 (30ml)
The diuretic extract of this perennial is believed to be a treatment for a variety of ills including oedema –the abnormal accumulation of fluid beneath the skin. May also help to treat indigestion and insomnia.
5. Native Remedies Aqua-Rite, £17.95 (50ml)
This tincture contains agathosma betulina, prized as a diuretic and anti-inflammatory, and olive extract, thought to lower blood pressure, improve circulation and help balance blood-sugar levels.
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