5 Reasons To Incorporate Dandelion Into Your Diet

5 Reasons To Incorporate Dandelion Into Your Diet

From the root to the flower, every part of a dandelion is beneficial to the human body.
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From the root to the flower, every part of a dandelion is beneficial to the human body. As seen from teachings explained by whole foods expert Paul Pitchford, dandelion has been used for centuries due to its cooling and drying properties. With its ability to cool and reduce heat, dandelion is suggested for excess energy in the body. Here we look at 5 reasons to incorporate dandelion into your diet.

1. Antiviral properties

When flu season hits, everyone starts taking alternatives to fight off the virus. Dandelion should be one of those alternatives. Not only does the bitterness reduce excess in the body and liver, dandelion also contains several vital nutrients that keep the body clean and healthy. This is why so many people use it in the form of coffee replacement, tea, or an elixir.

2. Antifungal properties

Due to its natural antifungal properties, eating the root or leaf of dandelion can help keep bad fungus growth away. This is beneficial for anyone who experiences candida yeast infections, skin irritations, or disruptions in the gastrointestinal tract. Clearing the cause of the fungus can help prevent acute and chronic instances of fungal related issues.

3. Bitter taste

The bitter quality of dandelion helps to drain various damp-related conditions. We experience this every day in the form of candida, mucus, skin issues, tumors, cysts, etc. Therefore the bitterness of the dandelion helps to soothe heat and dry dampness internally.

4. A vital alternative to supplements

Eating dandelion greens and boiling dandelion root can be an excellent alternative to purchasing nutrient supplements. Dandelion is high in levels of chlorophyll, Provitamin A, and Silicon, making it a necessary addition to your shopping list.

Like parsley, kale, wheatgrass, micro-algae, and several other green plants, dandelion has a high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll helps to stop the spread of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. It also promotes the growth of health, beneficial flora while also helping to purify the body.

Provitamin A is better known as beta-carotene and is widely used to benefit the liver. Because the liver is the location in which subtle protein metabolism takes place, it is important to keep this organ healthy and flowing. By eating green leafy vegetables, such as dandelion greens, you will nurture and nourish the liver.

Silicon consumption is essential for everyone, especially those with calcium deficiencies. Silicon is vital in the body’s use of calcium to improve bone strength. Individuals who are rebuilding connective tissue, tendons and cartilage should eat more silicon-rich foods, such as dandelion.

5. Use as an elixir

Whether you are trying to do a quick cleanse or adopting a change in your eating habits, incorporating a dandelion elixir is a must. Containing the root in a tea form, dandelion as an elixir has a powerful effect on helping to purge excess heat in the body. If you do not have access to fresh dandelion, take a look in the tea section at the food store and start there.

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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

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I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

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The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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