Dandelion Tea Is The New Coffee

Caffeine can cause dehydration, makes you feel sluggish and can cause headaches, anxiety and restlessness. It's is taxing on your adrenal system too. You get a good kick until the adrenaline from your morning cup wears off and then you are suddenly more tired than you were to begin with, right? Well, there is a new buzzworthy drink in town: dandelion coffee. It's as comforting, warming, and as delicious as coffee- minus the caffeine and plus a ton of health benefits. Plus- shop my favorites that you can make at home!

Dandelion is rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It is a good place to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even vitamin D. It contains protein too, more than spinach and is very rich in beta-carotene, which we convert into vitamin A. 

Dandelion has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes to treat an array ailments including anemia, digestive issues, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is commonly used for digestive problems and to improve milk production in breast-feeding women. The herb is traced back to the 10th century when Arabian physicians used it to treat their patients with its cleansing properties. Native Americans boiled the dandelion plant and used it to treat kidney disease, skin disorders and upset stomach and European herbalists use dandelion for fever, diarrhea and diabetes.

Here are 9 other powerhouse health benefits of dandelion:

Digestive Aid – Dandelion acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines. 

Kidney – It's a diuretic that helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water. This helps to prevent UTI's as well.

Liver – Removes toxins from the liver, aids in hydration and electrolyte balance and regulates the PH balance of the body.

Antioxidants – It is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells. 

Cancer fighting – Dandelion leaves are especially rich in the antioxidants and phytonutrients that combat cancer. 

Diabetes – Dandelion may help regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. 

High Blood Pressure – The fiber and potassium in dandelion helps to regulate blood pressure. 

Inflammation – Dandelion contains essential fatty acids and phytonutrients that reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling. 

Immune System – Dandelion boosts immune function and fights off microbes and fungi. 

This an instant dandelion beverage that you can easily substitute your coffee for- you just add water, stir and go. It has a rich, full-bodied flavor with the smoothness and texture of real coffee so you won't really know the different. Or just add a teaspoon to your coffee to add some serious health benefits to your morning cup.

This one has added French vanilla to create a deep, full-bodied flavor, making it a nice alternative to coffee. 

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