Weight Loss & Fitness

Detox Tea and You – Is it a Good Match?

Everyone is talking about detoxing and detox tea. Why are those the buzzwords of the moment? Should you care about detoxing and detox tea? Let’s take a moment to answer that first question; why is everyone talking about detoxing?

Detoxing and cleansing are used interchangeable and they are almost the same but not quite. A cleanse replaces everything you normally eat (you, know all that stuff with preservatives, growth hormones, chemical flavor enhancers and so on) and replaces it with healthy foods and sometimes juices. It’s designed to “flush” your system of all the stuff that can cause cancer, obesity, diabetes and other systemic diseases. A detox is the same thing but with major calorie restriction and sometimes a complete removal of solid food for a brief period of time, coupled with enemas or laxatives to purge your colon of everything that might be going on in there that would be better outside than in.

What is Detox Tea?

Okay, you know what a detox program is, so what’s a detox tea? A detox tea is a brew of herbs, seeds, roots, teas and other natural plant material that can help your body rid itself of toxins.

What is Tea Detox Good For?

Make note of the fact that they can help you detox but it isn’t 100% guaranteed that they will. With that said, detox teas can still have lots of beneficial effects on the body and shouldn’t be looked at askance. The most commonly occurring ingredients in detox teas are antioxidants (proven to fight cancer), anti-inflammations (proven to help with body pain and arthritis) and immunity-boosters. Not bad! And most detox teas are tasty too, so having a cup of detox tea up to three times per day could be a nice addition to your daily routine provided you’re drinking the right kind.

Do We Need To Detox And Cleanse?

The common wisdom is yes and no. Of course, right? Why should we expect a straight answer? Here’s what is definitely true: your liver and kidneys are detoxing you all day every day your entire life. The reality is that you are doing a “detox” as you read this just by having functioning organs. The human body is an incredible thing. With that said, if you’d like to help it along a little, help the body do its job more efficiently, you can do a cleanse or detox so long as you do it safely. The real benefit of a cleanse or detox is that it jump starts your brain to think about food differently and shakes up what you’re normally eating and replaces it with a healthy, organic chemical-free diet. Not so bad! The only downside is that some people can get way too extreme when they’re trying to get healthy and restrict their calorie intake so radically they can make themselves sick, can faint, get dehydrated and a whole bunch of other things that you don’t want to have happen to you. Also, some detox products are chock-o-block full of chemicals or unregulated organic material that can make things far worse for you than if you hadn’t tried to get healthy at all! With that in mind, we’re taking a look at some of the most popular detoxing aids on the market, detox teas, to see how they rate as your little helpers on your next step to health.

Best Detox Teas

We’ve rounded up what we think are the five best detox teas of 2018 that will take you happily into 2019 and your new commitment to healthy living. Here’s what we give the thumbs-up:

SkinnyMint Tea

SkinnyMint Tea

SkinnyMint teatox is actually a two-step (two for tea?) program that gives you one type of tea for the morning and a different one for nighttime. The morning version features green tea, nettle leaves, yerba mate, dandelion and guarana fruit. The evening blend has a few more ingredients; it has ginger root, lemon grass, peppermint, hawthorn berries, orange leaves, Senna leaves, licorice root and psyllium husk. The cost is on the hefty side: approximately $57 for a one-month supply. The purported benefits are that it will give you tons of energy, help with sleeping, promote bowel health get rid of bloating and “cleanse” you (which SkinnyMint says they have scientifically proven but don’t provide any of their data). Side effects are: a lot of urinating, occasional dehydration and a laxative effect.

Overall Opinion: While a lot of urinating and elimination may not sound like the most fun on earth, they absolutely do get rid of bloating. So if you’re trying to look, if not be, thinner, SkinnyMint does exactly what it says it will. It’s pricey but does taste excellent without having to add sweetener which is a major bonus if you’re trying to get sugar out of your diet.

Pros

  • Improve the body digestive system.
  • It reduces bloating.
  • It has the best test for the morning tea.
  • It produce results faster.
  • Instructions about the product are right on the back
  • Promote weight loss.

Cons

  • It can only be purchased online.

310 Tea

310 Tea

310 Tea is to be taken in the morning and promises to help you lose weight thanks to its pretty extensive mix of ingredients: Green Tea, Oolong Tea Wu Yi, Mate, Rooibos, Ginger Pomegranate, Birch, Stevia, Guarana, Corn, Damiana and Honey Powder. The cost isn’t prohibitive ($29.95 for one month’s supply) and users have raved about the taste which isn’t surprising considering the amount of fruit and stevia in the tea. There isn’t much discussion of how 310Tea works as a detox, but there is a lot of good buzz on its weight-reduction effects. Again, not surprising because its ingredients include naturally occurring stimulants and appetite suppressors. And no one seems to have had any negative side effects, particularly no bathroom emergences (whew!)

Overall Opinion: If you want to lose weight, this one’s a winner. It helps you with your diet program by curbing cravings, not just getting you to look thinner with the help of diuretics; but if you need to get in that smaller size tomorrow this isn’t for you because it’s really part of an ongoing program of adjusting your diet and portions. Nonetheless, if you want to take a sensible route, 310Tea is a good choice.

Pros

  • It is a natural product.
  • It will help you improve the body energy levels.
  • The green tea is actually beneficial to the body health in general.

Cons

  • It doesn’t contain the ingredients that will work directly or independently to help you burn the body fats.
  • It is not effective if it is to be used alone.

MateFit

MateFit tea

Like SkinnyMintMateFit offers a two-step program. There’s a metabolic boost tea and a detox tea, each meant to handle different jobs. The metabolic boost (self-explanatory) has oolong tea, yerba mate, stevia and licorice root. The detox tea (again, self-explanatory) features dandelion root, hibiscus flower, cinnamon and peppermint leaf. You take the metabolic boost tea twice a day at breakfast and lunch time, and the detox tea 15-30 minutes before bed. The biggest claim that the makers of MateFit make is that their product will eradicate bloat. They also say that their product will boost metabolism, release toxins, reduce stress and boost immunity. The TeaTox package costs $45, so it’s not a bargain and for that price it had better work! Here’s what it’s got going for it: there’s a lot of caffeine in the boost version so there’s no question you’ll get a good buzzy boost. That amount of caffeine is also a diuretic so the dreaded water weight will take a hike for sure. And the nighttime version has laxative effect so you’re getting the same kind of emptying out for a flatter stomach you will with SkinnyMint. The taste gets mixed reviews, so we say it’s probably just a matter of….taste.

Overall Opinion: This is another belly-busting clear-you-out kind of tea; any analysis of whether it’s great or not is going to boil down to how much you like taking a laxative and how you react to caffeine. If you’re worried about side-effects (headaches, racing heart, fainting) this is not for you. But if you want to pay a premium on getting whatever is in your body out, then you’ve met your match.

Pros

  • It has the greatest taste.
  • It is of the best quality in the market.
  • It has a basic packaging.

Cons

  • Not completely perfect to help in weight loss.

BaeTea

BaeTea

We don’t love the name of this tea (bae is so last year) but we decided to give it a shot anyway. BaeTea is promoted as a Teatox, but doesn’t spend a lot of time on marketing the detoxifying aspects of the product. There is a serious emphasis on losing weight from using BaeTea Teatox, so that’s really what any assessment of it should be based on. The price is a whopping $35 for 14 servings, which is $2.50 per teabag. That’s a lot of money. Just saying. Anyway, Baetea has a pretty serious lineup of ingredients as listed by the company behind it: Rooibos Leaf, Guarana Seed, Green Tea Leaf, , Pomegranate, Oolong Wu Yi Leaf, Matcha Green Tea, Ginger Root Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Natural Flavors, Lemon Juice, Sea Salt, Citric Acid and Stevia Powder. BaeTea says that their all-star lineup of ingredients can calm your body, cleanse it, energize you, suppress your appetite, deliver necessary vitamins and take your driver’s test for you. Just kidding. So does it do what it says it will? Users have said yes, but with a catch.

Overall Opinion: BaeTea will get rid of bloat and possibly help with weight loss, that’s for sure. The combo of matcha, green tea and oolong will also definitely fill you with energy. Claims substantiated! As far as the other claims go, there haven’t been any studies and no data is provided, so who knows? Only you can decide. BaeTea can also send you running for the bathroom if you have a sensitive digestive system as it is full to the brim with laxatives. However…it supposedly tastes great, the best of the bunch. Depending on what’s important to you, this Roto-rooter of an anti-bloat tea might just be your thing.

Pros

  • Contain the green tea beneficial to the entire body.
  • Has Garcinia Cambodia.
  • It’s is easy to make.
  • It has ingredients which are natural.

Cons

  • Has effects on the bowel movements.
  • Has higher concentration of the stimulant content.

Fit Tea

Fit Tea

Fit Tea is probably the most straightforward of all the teas we’re reviewing. With only three ingredients (Organic green tea, Ooling tea and Garcinia cambogia extract) it isn’t too hard to determine what this tea is supposed to do as the uses of these ingredients are well documented. It isn’t cheap, $24.99 for 14 days of detox tea, but the ingredients are high quality and none of them will produce a crippling laxative effect. Score! The Fit Tea people say that it will reduce bloating, keep your metabolism working at a high level, detox you, provide antioxidants and cleanse your digestive system. For the most part, the Fit Tea folk deliver on their claims. Coupled with a reasonable diet (you know the drill) people using this tea have indeed seen their weight go down and their body fat percentage go down too. And the best things is…no reported side effects. What? In a detox tea? Yes, nothing crazy happens to you. Amazing! Reviewers also give it pretty consistent thumbs-up for taste, so it seems that this tea is a winner.

Overall Opinion: We like this tea the best with the caveat that it’s pricey. It seems that the key to good detox is the absence of side effects and at least a glimmer of hope that it does have a positive effect and doesn’t make you gag from the taste. If Fit Tea isn’t winning the trisect, we don’t know what will.

Pros

  • Contain the natural ingredients beneficial to the body.
  • Side effects are not known.
  • Have ingredients that are clinically proven.

Cons

  • Has high shipping cost.
  • Money back guarantee is not there.

Bottom Line

The common wisdom is that before you start your big overhaul of your eating habits, a detox is in order. Detoxing has become the biggest thing since gluten-free sliced bread thanks to Gwyneth’s GOOP and every wellness guru popping up on You Tube and other on-line outlets. Okay, you’re game, you’ll give it a try.

Simple, it’s almost the new year, and we all know what that means; it’s time to make resolutions, reassess the choices we made that may or may not have served us well and definitely to celebrate big-time on December 31st. It also means this is the time of year when everyone seems to be joining a gym and starting a diet because, you know, this year is going to be different. You’re going to slim down, get energized and activate your inner fabulous self.

Before you go and fork over your hard-earned cash for a gym membership you may only use around seven times all of next year (sound familiar?), why not start with the lower cost option first? Try the slim-down part of your plan first. It’s too hard to change everything at once, so start slow.

References

  • https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/detox-diets/faq-20058040
  • https://www.beachbodyondemand.com/blog/cleanse-vs-detox-whats-the-difference
  • https://nccih.nih.gov/health/detoxes-cleanses
  • https://www.fittea.com/collections/home-listings/products/14-day-detox
  • https://detoxteaguide.com/best-detox-teas/
  • https://www.bestadvisor.com/detox-teas
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