Guide to Drinking Dandelion Root Tea and Its Benefits
Throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas you will find an herb called Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). Dandelion root has been used for centuries treating many types of ailments yet we often look at it as a humble weed and as a nuisance when it comes to lawn care.
Dandelion is most commonly used as a diuretic. A diuretic is something that will make people remove excess fluids in their body through urination. Drinking dandelion root tea or taking a dandelion supplements will help you shed this excess water which is very helpful for 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. These are the people who want to remove as much moisture from their bodies and will allow muscles to be defined and create a more trim and toned physique.
However, using diuretics on a regular basis is not really wise. This is because diuretics rid the body of potassium, which is an electrolyte necessary not only for body builders but for everyone else to get the most of their workouts and maintain proper health be retaining the right amount of fluids in the body to prevent dehydration. But dandelion root tea is a diuretic which is rich in potassium and it can protect the kidneys from the side effects of supplements such as creatine.
Dandelion tea can increase appetite and it can also be used as a laxative so that the body can be cleansed of impurities that have built up over time. Toxins are removed from the body and encourages digestive regularity to rid the body of unnecessary salts and additives which the body does not need if you take dandelion root.
You should not take dandelion root tea exclusively for your long term solution to weight loss since you also need nutrients that have been lost through the fluids in your body. Dandelion root tea can also be used to speed up your urinary system and to help kick start a diet.
Although there is no recommended dosage for dandelion root, you should not also take too much of it because it can lead to heartburn, diarrhea, and 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.