As much as I love coffee, I have to admit that I think it’s sometimes too stimulating for me. Now that we’re in winter, I’ve realised that this is going to be difficult so it got me thinking about coffee alternatives. Chai is delicious as always but in terms of a healthy alternative, Dandelion Latte’s are the way to go. Here’s why:
- Dandelion root is excellent for the liver by helping to stimulate detoxification, and contains choline to help protect the liver from damage.
- Dandelion root has choleretic and cholagogue actions, meaning that it stimulates the production and flow of bile, also acting as a mild laxative to detoxify the gastrointestinal tract.
- It’s bitter action helps to stimulate hydrochloric acid in the stomach, increasing appetite and proper function of your digestive system.
- High in antioxidants, dandelion root helps to assist the body with the removal of free radicles, reducing the likelihood of disease progression and strengthening the immune system.
- Assists with relieving liver headaches (yes, liver problems can cause headaches).
- Dandelion root contains ogliofructans which stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
- Helps to relieve aches from muscular and joint rheumatism.
- May have a diuretic action, helping to lower blood pressure.
Roasted dandelion root has a similar bitter taste to coffee, I quite like it. You can purchase dandelion lattes or ‘Latte of Soy & Dandelion (LSD)’ from some cafe’s, although they are not all that common. You can however purchase dandelion root from health food stores or the health food section of your local supermarket. Just add some frothy warm almond milk and raw honey to your dandelion brew to have the perfect coffee substitute that is excellent for your health.
Please note: If you suffer from gall bladder problems, gall stones or an intestinal obstruction, please consult your healthcare professional before trying dandelion root. Dandelion is contraindicated with people who have allergies to the Asteraceae (Compositae) family.
Braun, L & Cohen, M 2010, Herbs & natural supplements, an evidence-based guide, 3rd edn, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Sydney.