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Extra water in the body from a high sodium diet or a health condition can lead to uncomfortable feelings of water retention and swelling. To rid yourself of excess water, you might be tempted to drink less, but this can lead to dehydration and will not always have the desired effect. Diuretics are an alternative option. These foods and drinks cause increased urination, ridding the body of excess fluid. This natural option can help people with preliminary weight loss and improve gut health. Ensuring fluids are in balance allows electrolytes to remain balanced as well, improving brain and full-body health.

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1. Watermelon

This summertime fruit is more than 90% water. It is best eaten in its natural form, because most popsicles, juices, and other frozen variations have added sugar. As a diuretic, watermelon is ideal. Fiber helps slow and regulate the digestive system, while the high water content maintains hydration. Watermelon can help "flush out" your system. You can enjoy watermelon on its own or in a fruit salad with fresh herbs. It is an especially good complement to spicy foods, making a great salsa or chutney.

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