Coffee Alternatives: Dandy Blend

I had gnawing, stabbing, biting, awful pain that kept me awake all night. I was in severe, nauseating discomfort for two weeks and trying to figure out what the heck was going on. My thoughts of “flu” slowly dissolved in to thoughts of “stomach ulcer” as I researched. At the end of the day I believe I had an active, irritated stomach ulcer! Yuck!

I understand a lot of people drink coffee for the caffeine kick but I really, really enjoy the taste. So after a few weeks of terrible pain, I decided to try to “heal” my gut. It was a week of intense probiotics, vitamin E with meals, acid-reducing foods like cabbage, bland foods like banana with a touch of nut butter and lots of water. I also cut out any foods that may create excessive acid, namely alcohol and the ridiculously dark, tar-like creation I call coffee.

Within two days my 14 day battle with stomach pain was gone.

 

I was excited and surprised and the event left me searching for coffee alternatives to stave off the stomach demons.

If you’re experiencing any of the following, you should be searching for alternatives, too:

  • dark circles under your eyes
  • increased irritability
  • extreme fatigue
  • frequent illness
  • problems losing body fat
  • frequent headaches
  • trouble sleeping 
  • trouble waking
Dandy Blend: The Coffee Alternative

 

Coffee Alternative

Dandy blend is a roasted and powdered dandelion root that mixes in to hot water much like instant coffee. It has no caffeine, does NOT inspire acid production and will not give you caffeine withdrawals, headaches or increased irritability.

Originally I was told this product tastes “JUST LIKE COFFEE! WEEEEEEEE!!”

….It does NOT taste just like coffee. However, it closely resembles coffee plus a little black licorice flavoring. It’s really quite tasty, takes very little adjusting and is far tastier than the feeling of tiny stomach gnomes pick-axing my insides.

other benefits:

Besides all the above benefits, dandelion root extract is listed in liver detoxes and health elixirs galore! The studies (listed below) have shown dandelion root to aid the body in the following.

  • Reduce arthritis pain
  • Reduce total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol
  • Boosts good cholesterol
  • Reduce heart disease risk factors
  • POSSIBLE Cancer fighting agent (including skin cancer)
caution:

People with an inflamed or infected gallbladder, or blocked bile ducts, should avoid using dandelion

Sources:

Hypolipidemic and Antioxidant Effects of Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Root and Leaf on Cholesterol-Fed Rabbits
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2820990/

The Efficacy of Dandelion Root Extract in Inducing Apoptosis in Drug-Resistant Human Melanoma Cells
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3018636/

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