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Beneficial Power of Tea
For centuries people in the eastern part of the world have turned to tea during periods of illness, both physical and mental. The reason is simple. Tea detox has a wide array of medicinal properties and benefits, which have been verified by numerous studies in the Western world. Today, tea detox diets have become a popular option for anyone looking to cleanse their body (including liver) of toxins and/or to lose weight.
If you aren’t familiar with or have unanswered questions about a tea detox diet, which is also referred to as a tea cleanse, the following information is exactly what you are looking for. From what a tea detox is and how it works to looking at the wide assortment of teas available, as well as the benefits of specific varieties, you’ll find everything you need to know. As an added bonus, you will also learn what to look for when determining whether or not you need to detox. Finally, you will find several tea cleanse recipes that are both healthy and tasty, accompanied by how to incorporate tea into a liver detox plan.
What is a Tea Detox?
The purpose of any type of detox, including a tea detox, is to rid the body of potentially harmful toxins. Essentially, tea detoxes are designed to purify your body from the inside out, which includes purifying your organs and clearing the digestive tract of any toxins that may have built up due to breathing in pollution or harsh chemicals and/or eating processed foods. Depending on the specific type of tea you are consuming, there may be additional health benefits.
Many of the blends of detox teas available today are centered on traditional Chinese medicine and are often used specifically for weight loss and liver cleansing.
How Does a Tea Cleanse/Detox Work?
Detox teas work by combining an assortment of herbs, such as dandelion root, lemon verbena, and licorice, together that have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The herbs are responsible for cleaning the colon, liver, and other organs. The tea itself contains high levels of antioxidants, which are crucial for neutralizing harmful free radicals that cause damage to your body.
Keep in mind that not all tea detoxes are created equal. For the best results, look for organic teas that contain a wide array of herbal ingredients blended together.
It is important to understand that the process of detoxing requires more than simply drinking certain teas for a specific period of time. It also requires removing your organs of any burdens, which is done by simplifying your diet and staying away from alcohol, coffee, dairy products, fatty meat, processed food, and sugar during the detox process.
How Would Your Health and Body Benefit From a Tea Detox?
While you may have a specific reason for wanting to do a tea detox, such as wanting to lose weight, your body may also be giving you signs that you need to detox ASAP. These signs may include:
- You constantly feel fatigued or suffer from a significant lack of energy and motivation. You may also fight frequent bouts of insomnia.
- You are struggling with depression, irritability, poor concentration or brain fog.
- You suffer from digestion issues, such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, gas, and frequent indigestion.
- You have developed skin problems, such as acne or eczema.
- Your mood constantly fluctuates for no real reason.
- You suffer from excessive sweating or overheating.
- Your body is resistant to weight loss.
- You constantly have bad breath or a strong body odor.
- You suffer from almost constant joint pain and muscle aches.
- You have been using alcohol and could benefit from a liver cleanse.
Benefits of Tea Detox
Before looking at the health benefits of specific herbs, let’s look at the overall benefits of completing a tea detox.
- It enhances your immune system: Organic teas are naturally high in antioxidants, which are crucial for protecting your body from free radicals that can break down your natural defenses.
- Provides a liver cleanse: Your liver is the organ responsible for getting rid of toxins in the body through a 2-step process. This includes converting toxins into harmless agents and waste products. Over time, your body can build up excess toxins in the liver, which begins to slow down the entire process. A tea detox gets rid of these toxins that are hanging around in the liver, allowing it to get back to functioning at its optimal level.
- Gives your metabolism a boost/ weight loss: Tea has been shown to increase your metabolism, which allows your body to burn extra calories, even while you’re resting. This contributes to weight loss.
- Assists in the digestion process: Thanks to the natural compounds detox teas release, your body has a much easier time with digestion. This is because the process of emptying the colon speeds up and shortens the length of time it takes for toxins to be eradicated.
- Decreases your risk of certain diseases: Studies indicate that your risk of heart disease and stroke decrease when drinking tea. Keep in mind that you will need to consume tea daily; though not in the same amount you would during detoxing, to maintain this benefit.
- Improves the appearance of your skin: Your skin also benefits when toxins are removed from the body. In addition to fewer blemishes, skin often looks more radiant.
- Increases your energy levels: As toxins are eliminated from your body, you’ll notice your energy level increasing.
Health and Body Benefits Associated with Specific Types of Tea
There are numerous varieties of detox teas on the market, as well as recipes for making your own. There’s no denying that selecting the right tea cleanse for your specific needs can be overwhelming. To help you determine which detox teas are best for you, here’s a quick look at the benefits associated with the most common types of tea.
Green Tea Benefits
Green tea is made by harvesting Camellia sinensis leaves (native to China) and quickly heating them (by steaming or pan-frying them) to prevent oxidation from occurring. Oxidation is inhibited to prevent the leaves from turning brown and losing their flavor.
Decade’s worth of research has shown that green tea has an astounding number of health-boosting and healing properties when consumed on a regular basis. However, the health benefits it offers during a detox are just as impressive. They include:
- Weight loss: Green tea has a well-documented history of working as a fat burner that also increases your metabolic rate, which allows you to burn more fat than usual.
- Purifying effects: Thanks to its powerful detoxing ability, green tea detoxes are especially efficient at purifying your blood and eradicating toxins from your organs. The catechins (a type of antioxidant) found in green tea have also demonstrated an ability to kill bacteria and slow down the spread of viruses throughout the body.
- Improved brain function: Green tea has been show to improve neurological function, which allows you to concentrate better and have an easier time retaining and recalling information. In addition, most people find they no longer struggle with insomnia when completing a green tea detox.
Pu-erh Tea Benefits
Also made from the leaves and stems of the Camellia sinesis plant, pu-erh tea leaves are allowed to dry before being specially processed to enhance microbial fermentation. It offers plenty of health benefits when used to detox including:
- Clearer skin: Thanks to its ability to neutralize free radicals, pu-erh tea detoxes help clear up blemished skin. It is also particularly effective at evening out and lightening skin tone.
- Purifying the blood: During the fermentation process, unique simple sugars and microorganisms are produced, which have demonstrated an ability to attack toxins trapped in the blood and remove them from the body.
- Enhanced weight loss: Pu-erh tea has been shown to suppress fatty acid synthesis, which means it can only stop the body from producing more fat. In addition, the caffeine contained in the tea has been shown to make it easier for your body to burn stored fatty acids.
Yerba Mate Tea Benefits
Yerba Mate tea is made by steeping the stems and ground leaves of the Yerba Mate plant, which is native to South America. When consumed as part of a tea detox, Yerba Mate is particularly beneficial. Benefits include:
- Increasing water loss: Yerba Mate has the ability to both soften stools and stimulate intestinal contractions, which facilitates detoxing by increasing how much water is lost during evacuation, digestive movements, and urination.
- Enhanced mental clarity: Due to the caffeine found in Yerba Mate, users will notice an improvement in their mental functions, including their ability to concentrate and recall information.
- Significant boost in energy: Yerba Mate tea is especially potent when it comes to increasing energy levels. For example, one study found fatty acid oxidation, as well as the energy expenditure derived from the oxidation process increased by 24% when 1000mg of Yerba Mate tea was consumed 60 minutes before exercising.
Fennel Tea Benefits
Fennel tea is made from the leaves, stalks, and seeds found within the flowers of the fennel plant, an herb that is found in parts of Asia and southern Europe. When incorporated into a tea detox, fennel tea offers a variety of benefits, especially for the digestive system. They include:
- Eliminating internal bacteria. Fennel tea has a long history of reducing acid levels in the stomach, which gets rid of any bacteria hiding in the intestines. It is also commonly used by individuals who suffer from heartburn/ indigestion for this reason.
- Cleansing the blood. Consuming fennel tea increases urine flow and not only flushes toxins quickly out of the liver, but also improves kidney function and inhibits the formation of kidney stones.
- Weight loss. By increasing urination, fennel tea decreases water retention, which is crucial for weight loss. It also gives your metabolism a boost, which decreases cellulite, regulates appetite, and allows you to burn fat faster.
Milk Thistle Tea Benefits
Seeds from the Silybum marianum, a flowering plant that is found in Central and Western Europe, as well as California, are turned into an extract to make milk thistle tea, which is considered to be especially valuable for detoxing the liver.
During detox, milk thistle tea:
- Cleanses the liver. In addition to preventing toxins from binding to liver cell membrane receptors, milk thistle tea has also been shown to reduce damage to liver caused by alcohol, various other drugs (such as Acetaminophen), and environmental toxins.
- Cleanses the kidneys. Just as it does with the liver, milk thistle works wonders at detoxing the kidneys, as well as stimulating the regeneration of cells within this important organ.
Dandelion Tea Benefits
Made by roasting the root of the dandelion, as well as the leaves and blossoms, dandelion tea is another great option for tea detoxes, thanks to the benefits it offers. They include:
- Cleansing the liver: Dandelion tea works to keep the liver clean and functioning properly by filtering and detoxing the blood, as well as maintaining the appropriate flow of bile, which is crucial for helping enzymes in the body break fats down into fatty acids.
- Clears skin infections. The stem of the dandelion has fungicidal, germicidal, and insecticidal properties which help relieve irritation and itching caused by eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, and other skin infections.
- Cleans out the colon. Dandelion tea is high in fiber, which aids in digestion and helps move foods quickly through the digestive tract, which also helps it function at its optimal ability.
Getting Ready to Detox
While you may be tempted to start your tea detox immediately, this isn’t really recommended. It is best to prepare yourself and your body. To do this, follow the tips below.
- Five days before you detox, eliminate obvious sources of sugar from your diet. This includes sweets, prepackaged meals, cookies, and alcohol.
- Also five days before, opt for a more simple diet with foods that are easily digested.
- Drink plenty of water, while avoiding caffeine. It’s important to drink around 1.5L of water a day. Continue to drink 1.5 L of water a day during your detox.
Some of The Best Tea Detox Recipes
If you’re not entirely sure what tea detox recipes to use, following are very good options. Be aware that these recipes tend to include additional herbs and ingredients, such as lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, basil, and lemon. Not only do they provide additional health benefits, but they add to the overall taste of the tea. After all, it’s going to be impossible to complete a tea detox if you can’t stand the taste.
Homemade Detox Tea Recipe
- 36 grams of green tea
- 36 grams of yerba mate tea
- 11 grams of dried lemongrass
- 17 grams of dried mint leaves
The combination of the four ingredients makes 100 grams. Mix all of the ingredients together. To make a single cup of tea, put a teaspoon of the mixture into a tea filter and pour in hot water. (Stay away from boiling water.)
Sweet Dandelion Tea Recipe
- 1 roasted dandelion tea bag
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple sugar or honey
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or ghee
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup water
Heat water until right before it starts to boil. Pour it into a cup with the tea bag and allow it to brew for 5-10 minutes. Now, add the coconut oil, butter, vanilla, and maple syrup/ honey. Blend well and enjoy.
Dandelion/Ginger/Milk Thistle Detox Tea Recipe
- 3 teabags (or 3 tsp) dandelion root
- 3 tablespoons fresh ginger
- 3 teabags (or 3 tsp) milk thistle
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, preferably fresh
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 cups water
Bring ginger and water to gentle boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Pour the water over the dandelion, milk thistle, and cinnamon. Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Drain herbs before adding coconut oil and lemon. Stir and serve warm or put in the refrigerator for later. (It’s actually quite good cold, especially during the warm summer months.)
Green Tea Detox Recipe
- 8 oz. water
- 1 green teabag
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 sliced lemon
- 2 slices of cucumber
- 1 sliced strawberry
Brew the water with the green tea bag. After allowing it to cool in the refrigerator, add the cucumber, lemon, honey, and strawberry. Mix together. If desired, serve over ice, which is a refreshing option during the summer.
Incorporating Detox Tea In Fatty Liver Detox Plan
Now that you are familiar with the benefits of tea detoxes and have a few good recipe ideas, it’s time to look at how you can incorporate tea into your liver detox plan. It is important that you hydrate adequately during your cleanse and tea is a great way to do that. Aside from the additional nutrient boost you will get, it will help to stave off the boredom from consuming mainly water.
Opt to drink tea with your meals and then before bed by following this sample tea schedule. Include the following teas with your meals and also in-between meals when needed
- Breakfast: Green Tea
- Snack: Yerba Mate
- Lunch: Fennel Tea
- Snack: Pu-erh Tea
- Evening/Before bed: Dandelion or Milk Thistle Tea
If you are new to the world of tea detoxes, get ready to see some amazing results!
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