Detox teas aren’t new in the market. Celebrities such as Giuliana Rancic are popular for using tea diets to shed several pounds within a set period. Kendall Jenner recently claimed that she got her body runway ready by drinking as many as 12 cups of a lemon grass and green tea a day.
By now, it’s well-established that any trend involving detoxing with just a fancy beverage is unsustainable for a long period.
Chances are that surviving on tea for more than a day will leave you fatigued, irritable and incapable of performing any active tasks. However, a teatox or a tea detox that is designed to supplement an existing, healthy diet can actually benefit you massively, without taking a toll on your energy levels.
Unlike any other drink, the health benefits of tea cover all territories. One 2013 study showed that tea can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, while lowering blood pressure, improving cognitive health and mood and keeping your energy levels up all day along. Since traditional teas like green and black tea contain lower caffeine levels than coffee, they do not cause any energy crashes. In fact, some studies show that teas such as green tea could help you lose weight, possibility because of their caffeine content and its ability to boost metabolism.
Green, black and white tea are amazing on their own, but you can boost benefits using a tea blend or detox tea with other added ingredients, such as:
3. Red clover
4. Milk thistle
Such ingredients contain properties that help support the liver – a major organ involved in the natural detoxification process of your body. Ingredients such as ginger can help ease oxidative stress in the liver and improve its detoxification ability.
LOOK OUT FOR THIS INGREDIENT
One common ingredient found in detox teas you should keep an eye out for is a herbal laxative called senna. As a part of the detoxification process, senna helps cleanse the intestines, but taking too much or consuming it for too long is linked to a few side effects. These include electrolyte imbalance, diarrhea, dehydration and vomiting.
We recommended consuming teas without any senna or laxatives, but if you still want to have it, consume it for a few nights only to prevent any harmful effects.
HOW TO DETOX WITH TEA
Experts suggest drinking tea when you wake up and before you go to bed, as it can help your system rev up in the morning and calm down in the night. Be strategic about the drinks you choose and avoid any tea with caffeine (green tea, black tea etc.) in the night as it may interfere with your sleep.
If you love tea, you may drink several cups a day. A word of warning, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, you may be able to handle five to seven cups without any issues.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART…
Is not your tea blend but what you have on your plate. A tea can be treated as a supplement for detoxification but consuming a diet filled with processed food, sugar and trans fat will make your teatox ineffective.
In order to get the most out of your tea detox, be sure to consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy sources of protein and good fats.
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