Water retention, also known as edema, occurs when excess fluids build up inside the body. It can cause swelling in the hands, feet, ankles, and legs. Women may also experience water retention during pregnancy or before their monthly period. There are several reasons why it happens, but most of them are not serious.

In cases where the swelling is mild and you’re sure there are no underlying serious health conditions, Bright Side suggests incorporating the following 10 items into your diet which will act as a natural diuretic and help you get rid of water retention.


Cucumbers are high in water content and contain nutrients that help in flushing out uric acid from the kidneys. They also contain caffeic acid which helps in getting rid of water retention. Since cucumbers are also low in calories, they are a good snacking option for those striving to lose weight.


Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C and they help in flushing out all the excess water from the body. They also protect the body’s cells from damage caused by toxins and free radicals, which are produced by your body during the metabolizing process.


Watermelons consist of 92% water and come loaded with various minerals and vitamins that have diuretic properties.


Celery contains a compound called coumarin which helps in cleansing the body by excreting all unwanted water in the form of urine. It also helps with digestion and prevents high blood pressure.


Ginger is considered to be one of the most effective diuretic foods. It aids in digestion and helps clear out all harmful toxins from the body.


Carrots are rich in antioxidants and vitamins that facilitate detoxification in the body. Thanks to its potassium content, carrots also help in maintaining cholesterol and blood sugar levels.


Cinnamon contains chromium, which helps in controlling the appetite. Cinnamon also helps boost our immunity and is a great detox agent.


The high potassium content in asparagus helps prevent unnecessary water retention.

Green tea

Green tea is a natural diuretic. Research has shown that drinking green tea regularly can reduce body fat by up to 19%.


Dandelion has traditionally been used as a natural diuretic. In Europe, dandelion extract is used to treat many medical conditions and is approved by the German Commission E to reduce water retention.

What other natural products do you know of that can prevent or help in getting rid of water retention? Let us know in the comments below.