The low down on Detox Teas – powerful cleanser or celebrity fad?
Can you really detox from drinking tea? The answer is more complex than you may think.
People drink litres of tea each day. In fact, I’m drinking a cup of my favourite – peppermint – right now. But that doesn’t mean its cleansing my body any more than if I drink a glass of water. That’s because, while peppermint is delicious and does contain healing properties, specifically in aiding digestion, it isn’t a particularly useful detoxifier on its own.
After water, tea in general is the most widely drunk liquid in the world. If you are Australian, this may come as a shock to you, and rightly so – I thought it would be beer too!
However the majority of tea drunk world over is black tea. Black tea has its own set of health benefits – its rich in many vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients, some of which can assist in eliminating toxins. But like peppermint, on its own the detoxifying effects are limited. It also contains caffeine, and while not as much as coffee, black tea intake should be limited to several cups a day.
Currently marketed Detox Teas or sometimes cutely branded Teatoxes, are specially formulated herbal blends containing ingredients specifically chosen for their detoxifying properties.
Here is a brief rundown of typical herbs and ingredients you should be looking for when picking a useful Detox Tea.
Green Tea and Matcha Green Tea
According to The University of Maryland Medical Centre the health properties of green tea are mostly due to polyphenols, chemicals with potent antioxidant potential. In fact, the antioxidant effects of polyphenols seem to be greater than Vitamin C. The polyphenols in green tea also give it a somewhat bitter flavour.
So, drinking Green Tea will help to support a healthy detoxifying system. But if you really want to supercharge your detox, then look into getting Matcha Green Tea.
Match Green Tea comes in powdered form and is far more nutritionally enriched than normal Green Tea – in fact it’s claimed one cup of Match tea equates to approximately the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of regular green tea.
Dandelion is a very popular herb used to detoxify, relieve constipation, relieve digestion woes and shed water weight.
Dr. Oz has even come out as claiming Dandelion tea helps the liver to release toxins while you sleep.
Liquorice root has been used for ages as a result of the many things it has to offer which keep the health of the body working at its very best. This is especially true when this plant is used to make a tea that, without a doubt, is considered to be up at the top of the list with some of the healthiest teas available to us. Although liquorice root is primarily grown in Asia and in parts of the Mediterranean, it is quickly becoming more popular in other countries as well. Among its medicinal uses, liquorice tea is also often used as an ingredient for those looking to start a detox course for their body.
The rose petals contain compounds that improve metabolism in addition to clearing toxins from the body, thereby aiding in weight loss. Apart from this, eating a handful of rose petals satiates your senses and prevents you from eating more and thus, helps you lose weight in a natural way.
Juniper has numerous health benefits but in particular is a well know blood detoxifier and purifier.
Marshmallow has many health benefits including repairing gut linings and Leaky Gut Syndrome, fighting bacterial infections, reducing digestive complaints, healing skin problems, lowering inflammation and can help reduce coughs and colds.
Its ability to address many digestive disorders makes it a popular choice for anyone wanting to do a gut cleanse.
The most important health benefits of stinging nettle include its ability to detoxify the body, improve metabolic efficiency, boost immunity, increase circulation, improve energy levels, manage menstruation, minimize menopausal symptoms, and aid in skin care. Stinging nettle has the power to protect the kidney and gallbladder health, lower inflammation, increase muscle mass, regulate hormonal activity, prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, soothe haemorrhoids, and improve respiratory conditions.
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