We live in a very unhealthy world. Our food is injected with toxins, the environment spews out waste products and we often engage in habits that expose us to pollutants. As a result, our bodies become toxic waste dumps. If we’re smart, we will adopt habits that actively fight against the toxic build-up in our bodies.
One of the easiest, and most pleasant, toxic fighting habits is to consume detox tea. It’s something that people have been doing for many centuries to improve their digestive issues, achieve weight loss and rid their bodies of toxins.
In this article, we examine the science-backed benefits and effects of detox tea.
What is Detox Tea?
Detox tea is a beverage that is made from certain herbs and spices or seed extract. The roots stems or leaves of the herbs are fried and then pounded into a powder that is mixed with either hot or cold water. The types of teas depend on the herbs and spices used.
Common herbs that are used to make detox tea are chamomile, rosemary, mint, and ginger.
Detox Tea Benefits
The many benefits of drinking detox tea in terms of detoxing the body are mainly attributed to a class of antioxidants called polyphenols. Here is a breakdown of the specific benefits that the substances in detox tea may provide …
Overall Health Boost
Tea is a rich source of antioxidants. These substances support cell regeneration and repair while also slowing the aging process.
Compared to coffee, tea has less caffeine. Caffeine does have some health benefits when used in moderation, but excessive amounts can harm the heart and other organs. Tea is a terrific way to get the caffeine you need from coffee without getting into the overconsumption stage which can lead to negative side effects.
Improved Cognitive Health
Tea can help people become calmer and more aware. According to studies, the amino acid L-theanine, which is present in tea plants, changes the brain’s attention network. It has been demonstrated that this alters brain waves. As a result, drinking tea can help you unwind and sharpen your attention span.
Tea can lessen the possibility of developing cognitive impairment. Studies on Japanese adults found that those who drank at least two cups of green tea each day cut their risk of cognitive impairment in half.
Stress hormone levels are decreased by tea. It has been demonstrated that drinking black tea can minimize the harmful impacts of stressful situations.
Tea contains chemical compounds called tannins. They help to aid digestion after a meal.
Intestinal tract irritation can be lessened by tea. Green tea’s polyphenols have been discovered to lessen the intestinal inflammation brought on by illnesses like irritable bowel syndrome, giving sufferers more comfort through natural treatment.
Tea has a reputation for easing stomach cramps. Red tea has antispasmodic qualities that make it useful for treating painful spasms, stomach cramps, and maybe colic in young children. It is also helpful in promoting regular bowel movements.
Boosting Weight Loss
Is a sluggish metabolism preventing you from reaching your weight loss goals?
According to some research, drinking green tea may help you burn an extra 70–80 calories each day by slightly speeding up your metabolism. While at first glance that might not seem like much, over time it can add up to a sizable amount, especially when coupled with exercise and a reduced-calorie diet.
Green tea seems to be an especially good choice if you’re trying to shed some pounds. That is because it has the highest concentration of catechins. These are a type of antioxidant that increases fat burning while working out.
Tea improves your body’s immunological system. The next time a cold is going around the office, you might find it helpful to sip tea. In a recent study, the immune function of tea drinkers was found to be much higher (up to five times higher) than that of coffee users. The greater your immunity, the better you will be protecting your body against infections.
Removal of Toxins
Daily exposure to environmental pollutants, such as chemicals and heavy metals, makes it easy for these poisons to accumulate in our tissues and cells, which eventually cause toxicity in our bodies.
Our body’s number one weapon against toxins is antioxidants. Detox teas provide an abundant source of the right types of antioxidants to lower toxicity levels.
The removal from the body of toxins will help to offset oxidative damage and the free radical damage to cells that results. This may help improve the effects of liver damage and other organ problems.
Taking detox tea on a daily basis will help you to remove harmful chemicals, and food-borne and environmental toxins from your body while also improving your mood, helping to alleviate digestive issues, improving your energy level, and promoting other health benefits.
However, you need to check the ingredients in detox tea brands to make sure that you are not taking in compounds in the guise of ‘medicinal herbs’ that could cause unwanted side effects. We recommend avoiding herbal laxative supplements, including senna, and not overdosing on caffeine. Additional ingredients should be checked online to see if they are safe. We also recommend only buying detox tea brands with organic ingredients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Detox Teas FDA Regulated?
No, the FDA does not regulate detox teas. This is in keeping with its stance on all dietary supplements (FDA).
Recently it was discovered that several teas and other purportedly “detoxifying” weight-loss items really contained harmful substances that weren’t disclosed on the label. That’s why it is important to check the label ingredients on all detox tea brands.
Will detox tea assist with fat loss?
While there is no direct evidence that detox tea will directly promote weight loss, it may indirectly help due to the exercise and reduced caloric intake that is advised along with a detox tea regimen. Compounds called catechins may speed up fat burning, but more research is needed.
What are the best detox tea ingredients?
We recommend looking for a detox tea that includes some or all of the following powerful herbs: stinging nettle powder, bitter melon fruit extract, eucalyptus leaf extract, green tea extracts, rhubarb root powder, cumin seed powder, marshmallow root, bark powder, flower powder. We also recommend that the levels of caffeine are kept under 250 mg per cup (the equivalent of two cups of coffee).
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