The cleanse and detox craze has probably popped up on your social media feeds more than once at this point. From wellness influencers to nutritionists, everyone seems to have opinions on the subject. With these convoluted messages, it can feel like an overwhelming topic to explore.
While detoxes aren’t a magic cure, there are certain benefits to detoxing the right way. Drinking tea is one easy way to incorporate detoxes into your wellness routine. If you’re curious about tea detoxes but don’t know where to start, here’s a guide to the basic facts and the best detox teas.
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What Is a Detox?
Detoxification is popularly known as the process of cleansing your body of unwanted or harmful toxins. However, detoxes themselves don’t rid your body of toxins, but instead, support the liver and digestive system in filtering toxins.
In tandem with a healthy diet, certain herbs and spices can promote liver health and aid in digestion. Many of these ingredients commonly occur in teas. Thus, detoxing with tea can be a great addition to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Common Detox Myths
Detoxes are often promoted as a miracle weight-loss tool. In reality, detox ingredients can’t burn fat on their own. Drinking detox teas might shed water weight, and certain ingredients can increase metabolism. Detox teas can only support your wellness journey, rather than lose any weight for you.
Additionally, detox teas shouldn't be a substitute for a well-rounded diet or exercise. Steer clear of diets that replace meals with tea, as this can disrupt your natural metabolism or cause serious health risks.
How to Drink Detox Tea
Detox teas can be brewed and enjoyed the same way as any other teas. Most often they are consumed in the morning to kickstart digestion and because some detoxifying teas, like green tea, may contain caffeine.
Generally, it’s recommended to drink no more than one cup of detox tea per day. However, you should always listen to your body, and adjust the amount accordingly.
Best Detox Teas
Several common ingredients in tea have natural detox properties, plus can contain antioxidants, caffeine boosts, or immune support. Even better, they still taste delicious brewed in a warm, soothing cup of tea.
With its bright, citrusy taste, this grassy herb is often sipped for its anti-inflammatory qualities or because it lowers cholesterol. But lemongrass can also be used to aid your kidney to flush out sodium. It’s also known for relieving bloating and improving digestion. Enjoy a refreshing cup of lemongrass tea to cleanse your body and soothe your mind.
Want to try lemongrass tea? Here are a few of our favorites:
Dandelion Root Tea
Toasty, rich, and slightly bitter, the taste of dandelion root is often compared to coffee, and acts as great caffeine-free alternative. Similar to lemongrass tea, dandelion root can reduce bloating by ridding the body of water weight and sodium. Rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, dandelion root also protects the liver from cell damage and disease. The abundance of fiber found in dandelion root can relieve digestive problems and promote a healthy gut environment.
Want to try dandelion root tea? Here are a few of our favorites:
Earthy and savory, green tea is one of the best teas for all-around mind and body health. One of the most antioxidant-rich teas, green tea is known for improving heart health, lowering cholesterol, preventing cavities, and may even increase metabolism. Along with its many, many benefits, green tea can also reinforce your body’s detoxification systems. Antioxidants found in green tea leaves defend the liver from harmful waste, ensuring your body can carry on efficiently flushing out harmful chemicals. Plus, green tea is naturally caffeinated, giving you an energy boost to fuel your day.
Want to try green tea? Here are a few of our favorites:
Red Clover Tea
Slightly sweet and known for its amber hue, red clover tea is a delicious way to detox. Red clover aids in cleansing your spleen, another important detox organ, of phlegm and buildup. By detoxing the spleen, red clover can reinforce your body’s immune system, protecting against sickness with long-term use. Sip on aromatic red clover tea, and your body and your tastebuds will thank you.
Want to try tea with red clover? Here are a few of our favorites:
Rooibos, also known as “red bush tea,” is a smooth, slightly sweet tea originating in South Africa. It's often consumed like black tea, with the addition of sugar, milk, or even iced. Thanks to the absence of tannins, unlike black tea, it will never become bitter when steeped. Packed with antioxidants, rooibos tea promotes immune health while encouraging your body's self-cleansing systems. Enjoy a calming cup of rooibos tea as a caffeine-free and healthy alternative to black tea.
Want to try rooibos tea? Here are a few of our favorites:
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- Drink detox teas no more than once a day, and make sure to pair a detox with a healthy and robust diet.
- Ingredients for detoxes often contain laxatives or diuretics, so if any cramping or digestive discomfort occur, consider reducing or removing tea detoxes from your diet.
- With this in mind, it's important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water when detoxing.
- Some ingredients may interfere with certain medication, so make sure to check your prescription before drinking.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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