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Do you feel bloated and miserable?
Are you unable to fasten the waistband of your pants even though you haven’t put on any extra pounds?
You could be suffering from good, old-fashioned belly bloat.
But, there’s really nothing good about it.
That bulging tummy can not only leave you feeling uncomfortable and even self-conscious.
And, if you talk to your doctor, you’re likely to get advice about changing your diet and getting more exercise and while this can be great advice for the long-term, you need help now! Even worse, your doctor could decide to put you on a prescription diuretic, leaving you at risk for side effects like muscle cramps, headaches, dizziness and even blood sugar problems.
Well, luckily for you, there is an answer and it doesn’t involve starving yourself, working out until you drop or taking any dangerous drugs— and it’s found in a simple tea…
Pretty flowers, powerful action
Most people don’t even know that those yellow weeds that drive them crazy in their backyard are actually flowers with a long history of medicinal use from Native Americans to traditional Chinese and Arabic medicine.
In fact, dandelions are widely known for helping problems of the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts.
They’re also chock-full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals, such as iron, potassium and zinc.
And, dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to help the body get rid of too much fluid — in other words, that irritating belly bloat.
You can purchase dandelion tea both in natural food stores and online or you can make your own.
Should you decide to pick your own dandelions, be sure to choose an area that has never been sprayed with weed killer to avoid toxic chemicals or areas where your pets been allowed to run around to avoid you know what!
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To make fresh dandelion tea:
- Pick the dandelions and place them in a colander.
- Rinse well with cool water.
- Boil water and steep the flowers or roots for 30 minutes.
- Mix gently.
- Refrigerate for 3 -4 hours or until completely chilled and serve or drink warm. The choice is yours.
- Add stevia or agave syrup to sweeten.
You can strain out the flowers or pour them into the cups. Just be sure to drink the tea within 36 hours for best taste.
When not to take dandelion
Dandelions can cause allergic reactions when taken by mouth or applied to the skin of sensitive people. Don’t take dandelion if you’re allergic to ragweed and related plants (daisies, chrysanthemums, marigolds), as you’re more likely to be allergic to dandelion as well.
You should also not take dandelion while taking antibiotics as it interferes with their absorption or if you’re taking lithium or diuretics due to the diuretic properties of dandelion itself. Talk to your doctor before taking dandelion if you’re on any medications that are changed in the liver as dandelion may interfere in this process.
So, if you’re ready to beat belly bloat naturally and be able to button your pants again, try dandelion tea.
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