For those of you who have been following along, you probably know that I'm very interested in nutrition and the idea of living a more organic/holistic lifestyle. This can be uber challenging as a college student, so I'm always researching and testing out the latest health and fitness trends. I've never really been big on coffee because of all the caffeine (and my many friends I believe actually have caffeine addiction issues) and have been able to (sometimes) kick my hot chocolate cravings with a mug of spicy herbal tea.
So naturally, when I heard about the detoxification properties of dandelion root tea, I was dying to try it. Dandelion root can also be used in salads and smoothies for detox purposes, but I wasn't quite ready to be sprinkling the weed in with my salads. However, I didn't hesitate to jump right on the dandelion root tea bandwagon. And, let me tell ya, it was well worth it.
Dandelion is commonly used in eastern medicine to treat problems within the digestive system and has also been used by the Native Americans for similar purposes. Dandelion root's detoxification capabilities aren't just according to a medicine man either. This source says that dandelion contains diuretic and liver-detoxifying properties. New research is also emerging and looking into whether it has cancer-eliminating properties as well.
While dandelion root's cancer-kiling capabilities may sound a little over the top, there's no doubt that its' debloating and detoxification properties are the real deal. Any time I know I've overeaten (whoops) or just consumed a gross amount of processed food, I brew a quick cup of dandelion root tea to help depuff and digest.
Oh, and let's talk about the taste real quick. Dandelion root tea can be a bit of a shocker to sweet tooth tastebuds, but trust me, you'll grow to like it. Add a pinch of sugar if you can't get past the slightly bitter taste.
Any of ya tried dandelion root tea? Let me know what you think!