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Do Detox Teas Really Work?

by Will S. December 21, 2016

Do Detox Teas Really Work?

The World of Detox Teas

Detox is a word that gets thrown around and routinely tagged onto new trends and gimmicks that make bold promises of rapid weight loss, improved wellness, and numerous other quick benefits. Miracle claims do need to be taken with a grain of salt, and we should all be aware that our bodies are not designed to function off liquid only diets for days or weeks on end.

 

That being said, there are certainly elements and drinks we can incorporate into our daily routine that offer a detoxifying effect and can boost our wellness routines. In particular, there is a beverage that people consume gallons of a day but give little thought to how certain blends can optimize their health… Tea. Hydrating and packed with antioxidants, tea helps naturally support our body's detoxification process. Certain types of tea are beneficial and healthy to drink every day and other special blends or herbal teas may serve better as a limited time detox program to jump-start our organs cleansing systems.

 

Let’s explore the ‘Teatox’ world, and how we can naturally and healthily detox our bodies by drinking the right kind of tea.

 

Everyday Types of Tea

Green tea is a fantastic way to incorporate daily antioxidants and a metabolic boost to your system all while hydrating and providing a wealth of other proven health benefits such as disease prevention and immune system support. Drinking several cups each day is an easy way to gently assist our system in detoxifying and promoting weight loss benefits. Green tea contains EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), which is known to:

 

  • Kick start our metabolic rate, which in turn makes our bodies burn more energy even when not being active. This assists in weight loss as EGCG studies have shown specific results in reducing abdominal fat.
  • Lower our risk of hypertension and help block bad cholesterol. Green tea dramatically increases the antioxidant within the blood, which protects the LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation.
  • Prevent wrinkles in the skin by destroying harmful free radicals that typically attack our natural skin.
  • Boost ones immune systems due to the strong effect of nutrients and antioxidants. Green tea loaded with polyphenols, like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants.

 

If you enjoy drinking green tea but want to maximize your opportunity to incorporate its detoxifying benefits, a wonderful option is to choose Japanese matcha tea. One cup of matcha is equal to ten cups of regular green tea - just think how much more nutrients, antioxidants and detoxification support your body receives by drinking several cups of matcha per day. Recently it has been gaining more recognition as a beneficial tool for health and wellness support and is being utilized in a number of detox plans and programs.

Green Loose Leaf Tea

 

Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and produced green tea leaves. The powder is typically sifted to ensure it is very fine grain and not course. Then it is poured into hot water and whipped with a bamboo whisk until frothy. Because you are ingesting the actual tea leaves themselves, you receive a much more potent source of nutrients, vitamins and minerals compared to normal green tea.

 

The Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder

  • Contains very high chlorophyll levels, which aid the natural detoxification process of the body by removing heavy metals and toxin.
  • Has over 100 times more EGCG than regular green tea making a single cup an antioxidant powerhouse.
  • Matcha contains Vitamin C, Selenium, Magnesium, Chromium and Zinc.
  • Matcha tea contains catechins, which have been shown to have antibiotic properties that can promote overall health and strengthen the Immune System.
  • Matcha powder can improve memory retention and concentration due to the presence of dopamine and serotonin within L-Theanine.

 

Matcha Tea - source: Wellbeing-Secrets

 

 

Herbal Tea for Holiday Excess

For many of us, the holiday season brings a little more excess and fewer nutrients than normal months. From Thanksgiving to New Year's, calendars are filled with getting together, festive feasts and more wine, cheese, and chocolate than can be counted.

 

To help our systems through the overindulging season, there are a few herbal teas that can provide wonderful immune, liver, and detoxifying support. Slipping in a cup or two of these various tea each day can help give your overworked system a helping hand and reduce the feeling of sluggishness.

 

These herbal teas are best to sip on while quite hot as the heat will release more of the essential oils. Drinking between meals is beneficial to your digestive system and in addition to the variety of health benefits these herbs offer, the tea will help increase your daily fluid intake which is essential to remain healthy during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Below are some natural plants and nutrients that are known to benefit weight loss.

 

Fennel: Is extremely high in essential oil content which in turn provides a unique anti-inflammatory effect. It is routinely used for indigestion and bloating relief and is helpful in removing toxins from the digestive and urinary systems.

Borututu Bark: Rich in antioxidants and an immune booster, Borututu Bark stimulates the liver into releasing harmful toxins and helps to cleanse and detoxify our system.

Licorice Root: Offers a variety of health benefits including relief of stomach ulcers, heartburn, and inflammation of the stomach lining. It also contains anti-depressant compounds and can be utilized for healthy mood support.

Dandelion Root: Is a very powerful liver cleanser. It works by stimulating the flow of bile production between the gallbladder and liver while also delivering a robust vitamin punch of iron, potassium, and zinc.

Peppermint: Works by relaxing bile ducts and stimulating healthy flow which assists in breaking down fats in our system and aiding the liver in filtering out harmful toxins. In addition, peppermint is beneficial for bad cholesterol reduction and works wonders as a digestive aid.

Ginger: Is loaded with nutrients and has long been used as a treatment for nausea, upset stomach and morning sickness. In addition to helping digestion, it is also a powerful anti-inflammatory which is helpful for inhibiting types of bacterial infections and warding off sickness.

 

 

Teatox Program

It is no surprise that after the holiday's many people crave a detox cleanse. Tired, sluggish and with a few added pounds, our bodies can most definitely use the benefit of shedding excess water weight and eliminating toxins.  People often turn to these various cleanse and teatox programs as a quick way to get back in their healthy state of living.

 

For a more structured detox tea program or 'teatox', it is recommended to consume a tea blend for two to four weeks in order to benefit from a longer exposure to the ingredients. This allows for the proper time to let your body cleanse and eliminate toxins, boost immunity and naturally suppress an over stimulated appetite.

 

Some detox tea programs have acquired a bad reputation due to the marketing of many different celebrities and public figures endorsing those particular tea brands. Some of the things to look out for when choosing a trustworthy tea brand include:

  • Tea that is blended and packaged within the United States. There are many cheaper tea’s that are made and packaged in China and the quality control of these tea’s can vary quite a bit.
  • Making sure the tea is grown Organically. GMO plants and herbs do not provide the same amount of nutritional benefit to the tea drinker compared to organically grown tea leaves.
  • Tea Ingredients that are clearly labeled and disclosed. Many tea blends can include ingredients or herbs that are not FDA-approved, potentially making them risky to consume.
  • Brands that have 3rd party product reviews. Never trust a brand on solely its word. Look for social proof in the form of customer reviews that provide unbiased commentary and feedback.

 

At the same time, there are also many brands that have created a healthy and beneficial detox solution for many people. While there many not be a cure-all tea detox tea blend that exists, detox and weight loss tea should be viewed as a supplemental beverage to a healthy nutrition and diet.

Loose Leaf Detox Tea

Senna leaf is incorporated into many detox blends as it acts as a natural, gentle laxative. Senna contains glycosides, which is a group of organic compounds that smooth’s the stomach muscles as digested food moves through the intestines, helping to enhance stool volume and move it out of the colon. When incorporated into a detox blend, the benefits of senna can greatly assist in jump-starting your body's detoxification process. 

 

At Green Root Tea, we have carefully crafted a 14-Day and 28-Day Detox Blend that incorporates some of the most helpful ingredients to successfully detoxify and restore balance and wellness. Our completely natural and organic formula supplies your body with crucial vitamins and antioxidants while naturally suppressing our appetite. Each cleanse provides you with the option to drink the tea once or twice per day, depending on its effectiveness with your body.

 

Made with organic green tea, organic orange peel, organic cinnamon, organic ginger, organic senna, organic fennel, organic cacao and organic pomegranate - our teatox blend is not only delicious to enjoy but provides a variety of benefits:

 

  • Eliminates the buildup of impurities and toxins in your system through detoxification
  • Supports safe and healthy weight loss by reducing bloating and constipation
  • The organic ginger and orange strengthens the metabolic and digestive system
  • The green tea within the blend hydrates and delivers balancing electrolytes and antioxidants

 

 

Tea is just one of the Variables

An important thing to remember is that tea alone will not be enough to properly detoxify your system. While it is certainly medicinal and beneficial, you need to incorporate overall well-being practices to fully detoxify. One overlooked aspect of maintaining a healthy metabolic system is the benefit of adequate rest. One should aim to sleep for 7 – 8 hours per day in order to maintain enough energy for not only your body, but your mind too.

 

Giving your digestive system a much-needed break from rich, processed foods as well as coffee, alcohol, dairy, and meats will reduce the burden on your organs and allow your body to cleanse and easily digest. Significantly boost your vegetable intake, specifically with items like raw kale, spinach, garlic and onions, which replenish vitamins and minerals while eliminating toxins. Eating pieces of raw fruit (in moderation as they do contain sugar) before meals helps the stomach enzymes digest quickly and supply the body with its nutrients and fiber.

 

Exercise is also an important component of a successful detox regimen. Cardio that encourages sweating is another method to remove toxins from your system. Plus, exercise is a fantastic tool for to unclutter your mind and being a productive outlet for stress relief. If you are not a fan of high-intensity interval training, incorporating daily vigorous walks or yoga classes into your detox routine will encourage toxins to leave your body at a quicker rate. 

 

Boost your fluid intake and drink plenty of water to flush out your system and promote better digestion. Adding a slice of lemon to a glass of water helps stimulate the elimination of toxins and regulate digestion. Lemon also serves as a natural alkaline, which is known to protect against various diseases and assist positive energy levels when consumed regularly. Keep in mind that natural lemon juice extract is much preferred over a sugary lemon-flavored beverage.

 

Enjoy the wonderful detox options tea provides and if you haven’t tried a teatox routine, the New Year is a great opportunity to get your wellness back on track and start the year with healthy habits. When selecting teas, always be sure to choose reputable and organic ingredients to ensure that you are not adding any further chemicals or toxins into your body via potential pesticides used to grow the leaves or herbs. Your body will thank you for the gift of antioxidants and wellness benefits while you enjoy the taste and satisfaction that only your favorite cup of tea can bring!





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