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.

The most common use for dandelion, though, is a diuretic. This means that it encourages urination so that excess fluid within the body is removed as urine. Drinking dandelion root tea or taking a dandelion supplements will help you shed this excess water which is very helpful for weight loss. With dandelion root tea women in their menstrual cycle can lose the inches around their abdomen due to water retention. The weight loss element of dandelion root became popular with body builders. Body builders want to remove as much moisture from their bodies so that their muscles will be toned and trimmed.

It is not wise to use diuretics on a regular basis. The reason for this is that most diuretics take out potassium from the body which is important for preventing dehydration not only for bodybuilders but for anyone who works out. 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.

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 tea can cleanse the body from toxins and encourage regular bowel movement to remove unnecessary salts and additives that the body does not need.

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. But you can use it to speed up your urinary system when you are feeling sluggish or to start on a diet program.

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 gall bladder problems and are allergic to ragweed, marigold, chamomile, and chrysanthemum, then dandelion root is not for you. When using dandelion root you should also drink an entire glass of water when using it since it is considered a diuretic. If you have a medical condition where you are taking regular medication, or if you are pregnant or is breastfeeding your baby, then you should take caution is taking dandelion root tea, and for your safety’s sake, you should go to your doctor to consult if drinking the tea would be beneficial or not.