Guide to Drinking Dandelion Root Tea and Its Benefits
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a herb that is commonly found throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. People commonly view this as a weed and a headache to lawn maintenance, yet dandelion root has been used for centuries to cure many common ailments.
People use dandelion commonly as a diuretic. This means that it encourages urination so that excess fluid within the body is removed as urine. If you are on a weight loss plan then taking dandelion root tea or supplement will help you shed excess water which aids in weight loss. Women can use dandelion during their menstrual cycle when they gain inches around their abdomen due to water retention. Dandelion root became popular with body builders because of its weight loss element. A well toned and trimmed muscle is the aim of body builders and this can be done by removing as much moisture from your body.
It is not wise to use diuretics on a regular basis. Diuretics take out potassium from our bodies which is important for maintaining proper health and prevents dehydration especially for body builders or anyone else who does workouts. Dandelion root tea, however, is a diuretic which is also rich in potassium and has the benefit of protecting the kidneys from the side effects of supplements such as creatine.
Other uses of dandelion root tea is as a drink to increase appetite and as a laxative to remove body wastes that have guild up over time. Taking dandelion root can remove toxins from the body and encourage digestive regularity to remove unnecessary salts and additives that the body does not need.
Just a warning to say that you should not take dandelion root tea or supplements exclusively as a long-term solution for weight loss since the body will need a chance to replenish some of the nutrients that have been lost. It can be used to speed up the urinary system when you are feeling sluggish or kick start a diet.
Heartburn, diarrhea, and an upset stomach can result in taking too much dandelion root tea so make sure to moderate it because there are no specified amounts to take. If you have allergies with ragweed, marigold, chamomile, and chrysanthemums, then you should also avoid dandelion products and also those with gallbladder problems. Since dandelion root tea is considered a diuretic, the best way to take it is to also drink an entire glass of water. You should consult a doctor if you are having medications due to a medical condition, if you are pregnant or if you are a breastfeeding mother.