When I’m feeling just a bit bloated and less than perfect, I have a quick solution that helps me feel better and reduce the puffiness. My weight fluctuates about four to five pounds, depending on what I eat and how close I am to “that time of the month.”
I found a tea that helps eliminate some of the bloated feelings I experience and gets me back on track to a slimmer better feeling me the next day. The recipe I found on the Internet was supposed to help you lose water weight, but it was loaded with sugar and many ingredients that added no extra nutrients, just extra calories.
I decided that I wanted to make it healthier. To do so, I swapped out some of the extra ingredients that simply weren’t in the “good health” wheelhouse and cut back on the sugar.
After spending hours in the lab—okay, you got me—several trips to the kitchen—to adjust the recipe, I found one that works each time after several months of testing in all situations perfectly.
Why This Works
Both the cranberry juice and lemons are power packed with vitamin C. The cranberry juice also acts as a diuretic, while boosting your metabolism.
Dandelions have an abundance of nutrients that range from trace minerals to calcium, iron, and potassium. It also contains vitamin C, A, B6, K, riboflavin, thiamine, folate and other nutrients. Vitamin B6 helps boost your metabolism. The tea from dandelions acts as a diuretic that can help you shed water weight. Since it has plenty of potassium, you don’t have to worry about the diuretic action depleting you of this mineral.
People have eaten dandelion greens and consumed dandelion tea for ages and praised the health benefits. They were right. It helps purify the blood, improve digestion, supercharge healing, prevent gallstones and may also aid in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s by protecting the neurons in the brain. It’s also good for the skin and protects the eyes, lungs and mouth tissues.
When you add in the lemon juice, a powerful detoxifying agent, you have a triple threat to the bloats that acts fast. Since lemon juice does detoxify, you should be on the look out for detoxifying symptoms. If you start to feel a headache suddenly coming on or are fatigued or achy, it could just be the detoxifying effect of the lemon (meaning, your body is in detox mode).
You can cut out the tea until you feel better or continue drinking it until you get all the toxins out and take an Epsom salt bath to help with the detox symptoms and relieve some of the yucky feelings.
- 2 cups of dandelion tea, about 4 bags, cooled to room temperature.
- 1/2 cup of cranberry juice
- Juice of three lemons
- 4 cups of filtered water
① I make my tea on the stove top with a cast iron tea pot. I use 4 bags and let it steep a long time, like over an hour, to make sure the tea is super strong.
② I don’t need my tea to be sweet, so a 1/2 cup of cranberry juice is more than enough for me. You could get away with a full cup if you want it sweeter. Several of the recipes I saw also called for honey or stevia (but this is optional).
③ Add the 4 cups of distilled/ filtered water to the tea/cranberry juice mixture.
④ Add the lemon juice. If you leave your lemons out at room temperature and roll them under the palm of your hand for a couple of seconds you will get more juice out of your lemon.
⑤ Mix it all up and it’s ready to go!