Fun Tip Friday! Dandelion Root For Labor Day
It's Labor Day Weekend!
Time to cook out and prepare for the end of summer. (Sad music plays...)
This is a fun weekend to enjoy family, friends, and good food! While I do not outright condone giving in to a full weekend of poor eating, I definitely will not behave to my fullest... As with other articles I have written and shows recorded, I am going to take a look at what "BAD" behavior I see coming my way; then plan accordingly. Remember that whole Exercise Debt thing?
So where's the FUN in Fun Tip Friday?
Take a look at this wonderful flower:
I always want to make sure the poor decisions of a long weekend do not carry too far into the next week. I have talked about Lemon juice, Asparagus, and now we will talk about a forgotten child: Dandelion Root.
Dandelion roots have long been used throughout history for metabolic stimulation, a diuretic, and as a remedy for liver issues.
Daniel Mowrey PH.D, author of "The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine" states, "Dandelion heads the list of excellent foods for the liver." The herb has been used for centuries to treat jaundice and the yellowing of the skin that comes with liver dysfunction, cirrhosis, hepatitis and liver disease. Modern naturopathic physicians use dandelion to detoxify the liver and reduce the side effects of prescription medications.
The chief active properties of Dandelion root are Taraxacin, Acrystalline and Taraxacerin, an acrid resin, with Inulin (a sort of sugar which replaces starch in many of the Dandelion family, Compositae), gluten, gum and potash. It contains substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, B-complex, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, choline, calcium and boron.
All those wonderful, healthy properties are great; however, all I heard was STIMULANT and DIURETIC. Those are my two favorite nutritional words. Except maybe ICE and CREAM.
Try making some Dandelion Root Tea for your breakfast. Follow it up with 250 - 500mg of supplement dose after each meal. You will get an energy boost to keep on partying at the lake AND start pushing some of that nasty water weight out of your system!