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Diuretics are what we commonly call “water
pills.” What a diuretic is is any agent that acts to increase urine. In clinical conditions
like high blood pressure, heart failure, renal failure, or nephrotic syndrome, they are used
to adjust the volume or the composition of the fluid in the body. They also increase
the excretion of water and electrolytes from the body’s fluids, and by doing so they decrease
the fluid volume. There are five major classes of these drugs. Diuretics are sometimes used in sports and
in bodybuilding. In sports, they are called “masking agents.” They don’t enhance performance
in any way, but, instead, they are used to mask the presence of other banned substances
in the body. There are other examples of masking agents besides diuretics, and they all work
in their own way. But the basic goal is to either reduce the concentration of an illegal
doping agent, or its metabolites, in the urine. This is done in hopes of making the detection
of these things in the urine more difficult. As you could guess, diuretics have been banned
by the World Anti-Doping Agency since 1988. As masking agents, diuretics may not work
very well. First, the diuretics themselves can be detected in the urine and diluted urine
can simply be concentrated and the pH adjusted before being tested. Now, they are not only
used as masking agents in sports. They are also sometimes used, such as in boxing and
wrestling, to quickly drop weight to meet a weight requirement. This isn’t legal either,
and it is very dangerous. In bodybuilding, diuretics might be used to
help get the very detailed, ripped and shredded appearance that bodybuilding judges look for.
See, no matter how low your body fat percentage, your skin still has a bit of water underneath
it. This is going to hide some of the detail of the muscles. Diuretics can shed excess
water and so make the skin thinner, and then every little detail, every little striation
and vein can pop out in bold relief. This is called “drying out.” Again, it can be dangerous.
Certain diuretics, like the commonly known Lasix, or Furosemide, are too potent and not
only dry out the skin, but they can dry out the muscles as well, making the bodybuilder
look deflated. And their potassium depleting effects may not be something to play around
with. So, potassium sparing diuretics are preferred. Some bodybuilders use herbal diuretics
like dandelion, which anybody can get over the counter and bodybuilding supplement companies
make herbal preparations which contain a mixture of diuretic herbs and extra magnesium, calcium,
and potassium. If you’d like to read more detail about diuretics
in sports and bodybuilding, visit the link provided in the description below this video. Thanks for listening.

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