Want to make sure too-tight waistbands don’t cramp your style during this joyous season? You’re in luck: There’s a tea for that. Made from dandelion roots, women report the brew can actually dissolve a size or two in a single day. And experts are raving about dandelion tea too: “Studies show it helps reverse many unpleasant side effects of holiday indulging, including fluid retention, weight gain and sluggishness”, confirms Atlanta-based integrative physician and Super Woman Rx ($16.54, Amazon) author Taz Bhatia, MD.
The caffeine-free drink also slashes levels of belly-fattening stress hormones. “It works quickly, plus triggers lasting changes that set you up to look and feel your best for days and weeks to come.” No wonder devotees fondly call it “dandy tea!”
Most of us think of dandelions as pesky weeds, but they’ve actually been used as medicine for over a thousand years. Tea made from the root of the plant is best known for its ability to beat bloat — a problem worsened by all the extra sugar, flour and sodium we tend to consume at this time of year. “Compounds in dandelion tea prompt the body to naturally release excess fluid”, says North Carolinabased herbal therapy expert Bill Rawls, MD, author of Suffered Long Enough. In one study, a single cup of tea was all it took to flush significant amounts of water weight for 100% of adults. Experts agree this effect is why many women experience such dramatic overnight results. Of course, the more you’ve indulged, the more you stand to lose. And that’s not all.
Dandy tea doesn’t only help you lose water weight. Clinical testing has revealed it stimulates the production of enzymes in the liver that help burn fat faster for hours. So every time you drink a cup, metabolism shoots up.
Want longer-lasting benefits? Dandy tea delivers those too! Turns out, the tea is loaded with compounds that help detox your liver, which is a very good, very energizing, very slimming thing.
“The liver is your body’s filter. It can easily become overwhelmed by all the junk we throw at it—sugar, food additives, pollutants in the environment—and then the organ struggles to carry out its many other crucial functions”, explains Dr. Taz. Chief among those functions is regulating levels of virtually all our hormones.
Hunger hormones, thyroid hormones, stress hormones, sleep hormones are all impacted. Most notably, “when your liver is sluggish, insulin levels are thrown off, setting you up to gain belly fat and putting you at risk for diabetes.”
Speed-cleaning the liver with dandelion tea is such an easy way to fix the problem, improving insulin levels and promoting greater belly-fat burn immediately and for good. As always, get a doctors OK before trying any new plan. For a dandelion tea we love, try this one from Traditional Medicinals ($5, Amazon).
In addition to all those benefits, Korean scientists determined dandelion boosts immunity and reduces fatigue. “Basically, when you get rid of toxins and other junk trapped in the middle of your body, everything starts to work and feel better,” says Dr. Rawls. “It’s like cutting off the ball and chain holding you back from optimal health.”
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.