Understanding Wellness

Benefits of Drinking Dandelion Root Tea

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a herb that is commonly found throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Although seen as a weed and as a nuisance to lawn care, many people do not know that its roots have been used for centuries in treating 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. With dandelion root tea women in their menstrual cycle can lose the inches around their abdomen due to water retention. Dandelion root became popular with body builders because of its weight loss element. Body builders want to remove as much moisture from their bodies so that their muscles will be toned and trimmed.

There is a downside to using 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 although a diuretic is rich in potassium so it can protect your kidneys from the side effects of supplements such as creatine.

Dandelion has also been used as a laxative to cleanse the body of impurities that may have built up over time and to increase appetite. 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.

Never take dandelion root tea exclusively as the only solution for weight loss since you body must be given the chance to also replenish lost nutrients. It can be used to speed up the urinary system when you are feeling sluggish or kick start a diet.

Take dandelion root tea in moderation because there are no recommended dosages for it and if you take too much you can suffer from heartburn, diarrhea, and an upset stomach. Avoid dandelion root if you have gall bladder problems or if you are allergic to ragweed, marigold, chamomile or chrysanthemum. 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.