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Most people think of dandelions as those lawn weeds with bright yellow flowers and not really as something that can promote health. People have been using them however, for thousands of years, in a variety of ways, for their medicinal properties. Dandelion tea is made from the fluffy flower, with its leaves and roots dried and turned into tea and I go through boxes of the stuff! I try to encourage my clients (along with warm water and lemon) to have a dandy with a spoon of coconut oil in it in the morning for a nice kick start for your liver and kidneys after processing all your toxins at night. It can be bitter tasting so can be used as a good replacement for coffee too! Have a look at some of the other benefits that it can bring you:

  • Age gracefully: as an antioxidant, dandelion tea is said to help improve the
    effects of ageing and protect the body from free radicals, which can damage the
    cells.
  • A wee benefit: a US study recently found that dandelion tea may has a diuretic
    effect, increasing the body’s urine production.
  • Blood sugar: initial studies have suggested that dandelion tea may help in
    regulating blood sugar levels.
  • Cut cholesterol: some people credit dandelion tea with reducing cholesterol.
  • Stay pure: some health experts say dandelion root purifies the blood and, in
    doing so, cleanses the kidneys and liver.
  • Better digestion: since the flower is potassium-rich, it is also said to help with
    appetite control and improve digestion.
  • Move better: your musculoskeletal system is also likely to benefit from a healthy dose of dandelion. The tea allegedly helps reduce the severity of arthritis.

So there you have it! Why not add it into your morning routine for some extra health benefits. Your body will thank you.

Yours in health and fitness

A x