If you're just joining us for our 21 Day Yoga Detox, we're on Day 10 and... so far, so good! I must admit I was on a bit of an emotional roller coaster during the first week (PMS, anyone?), but things have started to smooth out considerably over the past two days. One of my secret weapons (or no-so-secret these days) is green juice. And not just any green juice, but one containing dandelion greens.
Dandelion leaves and roots help detoxify the liver, which is the largest organ in the body next to our skin. The liver supports our digestive system, controls blood sugar and regulates fat storage. When the liver is overwhelmed with toxins, we can suffer a host of health conditions ranging from chronic lethargy to hormonal imbalances. So, it's important to show our liver lots of love. "How?" you ask.
I've identified 5 ways you can begin to add dandelion to your diet:
- BLEND the leaves into your favorite smoothie.
- JUICE the leaves when making fresh juice.
- Make a SALAD with the leaves and toss in some avocado, sprouts, and fresh fruit like pears or oranges to balance out the flavors.
- SAUTEE the leaves with lemon, garlic and olive oil for a quick veggie dish.
- Pick up a box of dandelion root TEA.
With its hearty roasted flavor, dandelion root tea serves as a caffeine-free alternative to black tea or coffee. For women, drinking 1-2 cups of this tea a day is also known to help relieve common symptoms associated with PMS. It helps relieve bloating, water retention, and menstrual cramps. (Ladies, a huge plus for us, yes?!)
Dandelion tea also:
- Improves digestion and aids weight loss.
- Eases congestion of the liver.
- Helps to purify the bladder and kidneys.
- Reduces the risk of urinary tract infections.
- Contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B and C.
- Purifies the blood, regulates blood sugar and improves blood circulation.
- Eases aching joints.
- Helps to cure skin conditions.
Dandelion tea can be purchased at most grocery stores and any health food store. You can find dandelion greens at your local Farmer's Market - or growing in your backyard. If you're not yet comfortable identifying plants and go the store-bought route, buy organic if at all possible.
Now that you know how amazing dandelion is, how do you intend to use it?