Do Detox Teas Really Work?
Do Detox Teas Really Work?
Are you tired of any trend that involves detoxing with just a drink?
By now, we’re all pretty aware that liquid diets can’t sustain our active bodies for very long, and most of the drinks celebrities swear by have little actual detoxifying effect. However with a tea detox, it is a gentler approach to the whole detox program because it involves adding a few healthy herbal cups to your existing, healthy diet—instead of replacing meals entirely.
Herbal teas are high in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
Tea’s health benefits covers almost every territory: A 2013 study analysis from Italian, Dutch, and American researchers found that tea may help lower your risk of stroke and heart disease, lower your blood pressure, increase mood and mental performance, and even keep your energy up and weight down.
But when it comes to detoxification, tea alone isn’t enough for the job. “No one food, herb, or remedy has the ability to cure ailments or disease, nor does it have the ability to ‘detox’ the body,” says Manuel Villacorta, R.D, author of Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss.
However, high quality teas can help support the body’s natural daily process of detoxification—just as much as other foods and drinks can hurt this system.
Herbal Teas are rich in antioxidants—the secret behind boosting our natural cleansing process. “Antioxidants work to reduce the oxidative stress and free radicals in our body, too much of which can cause chronic inflammation and even mutate our DNA strains, leading to cancer and other chronic diseases”
Specific detox teas offer added benefits in the additional ingredients and phytochemicals. Herbs like Dandelion and Burdock all contain properties said to support a healthy liver, one of those organs in charge of your natural detoxifying process. Cleavers has also been proven to help move the lymphatic system, which indirectly helps the body perform its cleaning task more efficiently.
Nutritionists agree drinking tea when you wake up and before bed can help your system rev up and calm down, depending on which variety you choose. If you’re a tea fanatic, work in a few cups throughout the day.
The most important part about your tea-tox, though, isn’t even in what tea you choose—it’s in what else you eat: “Tea can only be medicinal and detoxifying if your diet isn’t taxing your system, which most people’s meals are guilty of. In order to truly detoxify your body, cut processed and fried foods, and up your intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and anti-inflammatory fats like avocados and almonds. Once your diet is clean and gentle on your body, detoxifying teas can begin to enhance your natural organ function.
Drinking plenty of water is also crucial to help flush out the toxins.
So what are the best leaves to choose? It generally agreed that loose leaf herbal teas are of the highest quality available.
Our Herbal Detox Tea
Herb Detox Tea 50g & 100g
Our bodies are self-detoxing begins and detox themselves naturally, however due to poor diet, lifestyle or illness the body’s ability to detox naturally may become congested and this may allow toxins to build up in the body. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, this high quality herbal detox tea can help support the body’s own natural daily process of detoxification.
Ingredients in this herbal blend are Green Tea, Dandelion, Burdock, Senna Leaf, Cleavers, Red Clover and Lemon Peel.
Below are a list of the herbs used in this detox blend of herbal tea:
Green Tea: Green tea doesn’t actively detox toxins all on its own, but it’s packed with natural polyphenols that support the body’s normal detox system. Polyphenols work in two ways: they have a direct impact on your liver, the body’s major detox organ, and they’re antioxidants that fight free radicals. The molecules known as free radicals are so unstable they must be neutralized before they damage healthy cells.
Dandelion: Dandelion leaves are an important part of a detox because of their diuretic action, and unique because they do not leach out potassium, an important electrolyte mineral. The nutritious leaves are a good source of vitamins A, B, C and zinc. Although dandelion can be bitter, it’s the bitterness that helps to stimulate the liver and gallbladder, thereby improving digestion.
Burdock: Burdock is an incredible blood cleanser and loaded with detoxifying nutrients, such as folic acid, vitamins C, E and magnesium. Burdock is also a diuretic, helping to expel toxic build-up in your blood and eliminate it through your urine. It has a very strong affinity for the lymphatic system and liver and works extremely well to eliminate toxins. Burdock is also great for supporting the adrenals, helping to balance blood sugar. It also contains antimicrobial compounds.
Senna Leaf: Senna tea is prepared from the Senna leaves. This tea improves digestive health and has the ability to work as a natural laxative making sure the bowels are eliminating effectively so toxins can be expelled from the body.
Cleavers: Detoxing and cleansing the lymph system is one of the best ways to restore energy and cleavers does it very well. Known as one of the “blood cleansing herbs”, cleavers is also diuretic, flushing various toxins from the body through the urine. Cleavers is also, of course, a fantastic lymph tonic. When the body becomes backed up with toxins from our diets and environment, it leads to poor lymph drainage.
Red Clover: Red clover is incredible for cleansing the blood. The flowers have the ability to carry waste out of the bloodstream, making this herb a valuable part of a detoxification protocol. Red clover is also a powerful tonic, helping to assist in toxin breakdown within the lymphatic system. Its expectorant properties are also great for individuals needing lung support.
Lemon Peel: As well as adding some flavour, Lemon is an important component of a number of body cleansing regiments throughout the body. Lemon is an excellent adjunct to liver cleansing. The natural cleansing qualities of lemon help reduce harmful bacteria.
This tea is available in 50g (approx. 25 cups) and 100g bags (approx.50 cups)
Available to buy online here: http://themasterherbalist.ie/product-category/wellness_herbal_teas/
Directions for use
• Use 1 teaspoon of herbs per cup of boiling water (approx. 2g)
- Boil kittle and leave to stand for 10 mins.
Add the hot water to the herbs, never boil the herbs.
• Infuse for 5-15 min (The longer the brew the stronger the tea)
• Can be re-infuse up to 1 time (This brew will be a little weaker)