Raw Dandelion Root Tea – Why You Should Drink It

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Although Dandelions are traditionally thought of by Western culture as a nuisance; yellow self-pollinating weeds that spread across the lawn of those who have gone to great lengths to keep it green, raw dandelion root has actually been a source of food and medicine for centuries. What many people in modern times have considered to be bothersome has been used for centuries in India, China and Europe, and by the Native Americans[1] to heal a variety of maladies from heartburn to kidney disease.

Dandelion has a rich history of healing and nourishing people, and with the resurgence of people looking for more natural treatments and remedies, more people are turning to the treatments practiced by our ancestors. Read on to find out how KissMeOrganics Raw Organic Dandelion Root Tea can help you detox and improve liver function.

 

What are toxins and how do you ingest them?

Toxins can come in many forms and not all of them are easy to avoid. Some toxins originate in plants and animals, which are fairly easy to avoid by.  Eating organically or growing your own food. But toxins found in processed food and the environment are harder to avoid completely[2]. You can encounter these toxins through second hand smoke, exhaust fumes, household cleaners, bacteria, and also in artificially flavored or sweetened foods.

In small doses, these toxins are mostly harmless but daily ingestion of them over time will cause your organs (liver, kidney, skin and lungs) to slow down. Furthermore, the build up of these toxins over time can lead to many problems, including sluggish digestion and chronic illness. While Dandelion Root is not a magic cure, regular ingestion can help you detox to help keep your organs at their strongest.

 

Detoxing With Raw Dandelion Root Tea

Kidneys

Your kidneys help your body get rid of excess water and toxins in your blood. Toxins can quickly overload your kidneys, even with 2 of them working for you. This is especially true if your other organs aren’t working at their optimal capacity. As a result, your kidneys will end up picking up the slack. This will cause them to work slower and filter fewer toxins from your blood.

Raw Dandelion Root Tea is a diuretic, so it helps you eliminate waste from your body, thus alleviating your kidneys of excess water, salt, and blood toxins. This also works to ensure your urinary tract is free and clear of toxins and microbes that may cause infection.

Liver

Often touted as the most important of the elimination organs, the liver is always working hard to remove toxins from your body, including those from alcohol and food. Your liver detoxifies all the chemicals that go through your digestive tract. That means it’s also responsible for metabolizing drugs, which makes it even more important to have your liver working as efficiently as possible. If, for any reason, your liver isn’t able to filter out toxins properly, they can make their way to other organs or your blood stream, causing liver failure, cirrhosis, or even cancer[3].

Regular ingestion of Raw Dandelion Root Tea can be part of a proactive plan to prevent these kinds of toxin-related illnesses. Dandelion Root improves the natural function of the liver. In fact, one study involving rats found that Dandelion Root had a positive effect on reducing alcohol induced toxicity[4].  The rats that received ethanol inducement experienced a 39% reduction in cell viability, whereas the rats in the study that received ethanol and Dandelion Root experienced no liver damage.

While Raw Dandelion Root Tea is not a miracle cure, it can help your body work like a well-oiled machine when coupled with a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and exercise. A couple of cups of KissMeOrganics Raw Organic Dandelion Root Tea can provide the extra boost you need to get your organs working optimally.

 

Sources

[1] Chatterjee, S., Ovadje, P. & Mousa, M. et al. (2010). The Efficacy of Dandelion Root Extract in Inducting Apoptosis in Drug-Resistant Human Melanoma Cells. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
[2] El-Wahab, H.M. & Moram, G.S. (2013). Toxic effects of some synthetic food colorants and/or flavor additives on male rats. Toxicology and Industrial Health. 29(2): 224-32.
[3] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2014). Liver Disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
[4] You, Y., Yoo, S. & Yoon, H.G. (2010). In vitro and in vivo hepatoprotective effects of the aqueous extract from Taraxacum officinale (dandelion) root against alcohol-induced oxidative stress. British Industrial Biological Research Association: Food and Chemical Toxicology. 48(6): 1632-7.

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