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How Do Swanson Water Pills Work and Do I Need Potassium?

Question: Regarding Swanson Water Pills and Super Strength Water Pill, do you have any information as to the mechanism of action of these items? How do they act upon the kidneys and other parts of the body, and should I take extra potassium?

The herbs in natural water pills like Swanson Water Pills and Super Strength Water Pill cause the kidneys to increase production of urine by reducing water reabsorption in the nephrons (tiny water filtering units of the kidney). They also stimulate the flow of lymph. This action is especially helpful to sedentary individuals since the lymphatic system has no pump to move lymph through the body, unlike the circulatory system, which depends on the heart to keep blood flowing. We think it's an excellent idea to eat potassium-rich foods like leafy green vegetables to replace this important electrolyte mineral when taking water pills.

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(Note: as per industry regulations, we cannot and will not answer medical questions, make treatment or diagnosis recommendations or comment on disease inquiries. Such questions must be answered by your doctor or professional health care provider.)


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