Do Water Pills Really Work?

Water pills or diuretics are mainstays associated with treatment of cardiac problems, lungs disorders and specific types of blood pressure (B.P.) problems. In these health conditions, human body faces difficulty to regulate the exact amount of water in its specific parts. This type of situation takes place because of many reasons, but ultimately it results in fluid backup or a condition referred as edema.

Do Water Pills Really Work?

Do Water Pills Really Work?

Doctors recommend the usage of diuretics or water pills to encourage the human body in discarding some amounts of fluid buildup with time. These pills help human body to excrete water by preventing the kidneys in holding it. Because of this, you urinate for more numbers of times than usual. While a little fluid buildup may not seem to be a big problem, it may result in severe health conditions depending on the particular part of the human body, the problem takes place.

Water Pills are Not a Good Solution for Weight Loss

Approximately two third of our body contains water, which shows our weight. This means, losing some amounts of water will definitely help us in reducing our body weight. Considering this logic, most of the fitness freaks find an opportunity of using the water pills to achieve weight loss on a short-term basis.

However, this technique associated with weight loss never works or gives only limited results. Moreover, weight loss by simply dropping of water weight results in dehydration. Once you succumb to thirst, you will start with get the feeling of losing water from your body and thereby, you will gain your weight back.

It is very much essential for a fitness freak or a common person to understand that the prime objective behind your losing weight is to get a plenty of health benefits in present and in near future. Losing fat weight involves no or very low risk related to heart problems, diabetes, cancer risks and many other health issues.

On the other side, losing of water weight leads to dehydration problems, which may become fatal in some severe cases. Because of this, diuretics or water pills can never be a good or an appropriate solution to achieve weight loss.

Why Experts Recommend Avoiding Non-Prescribed Usage of Water Pills?

Body of a human being works very hard to make sure of adequate amount of water in it and makes sure about proper function of each organ. This even involves assuring right balance of various electrolytes in the blood. Water pills mess with both electrolytes and water present in your body. They perform their functions by forcing the body to lose higher amount of water and push out many vital electrolytes present in the water.

If your body losses both water and electrolytes in relatively higher amounts, the organs will start malfunctioning. This initially highlights as fatigue, cramps and weakness, dizziness, swelling and vomiting. However, in various severe cases, the heart beats in an irregular manner, which further leads to seizures and failure of organs. Along with this, diuretics interact with various other medicines, which you intake and make them ineffective. Even in few cases, diuretics have severe and deadly interaction with medicines, which may put a person in hospital or may cause his death.

When is the Right Situation to Intake Water Pills?

You should intake any diuretic/water pill when your doctor prescribed for it and that too for a valid reason. You should strictly avoid using water pills to achieve weight loss or without discussing with your doctor. Other than this, you should avoid taking any of the water pill supplement or medication used by your friend or relative for any cause.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 5, 2018

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