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Detox Teas| Giving tea a bad name?

de·tox

NOUN

  1. a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification:

    “he ended up in detox for three months” ·

    “a detox program”

VERB

  1. abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances:

    “he checked into a hospital to detox” ·

Detox teas, like many health fads, have taken over social media, with celebrity endorsements and popular socialites flooding their Instagram and YouTube channels about the latest brand of detox tea.

What is all the fuss about?

Many detox teas purport to promote weight loss by suppressing appetites, burn fat and to rid the body of toxins and other substances. Unfortunately, a large proportion of the teas on the market, contain large quantities of Senna (a natural laxative) to induce ‘weight-loss’ and other pleasant -tasting fruit teas to mask the flavour.

Before I was aware of the bandwagon, I tried Fruiteatox which isn’t one of the companies that is pushing slimming as a benefit of drinking their tea. The Fruiteatox system/ programme consists of two teas which are drunk together to fight fatigue, sooth the digestive system, help the skin, aids sleep and much more. The teas contain 100% natural ingredients as listed below:

Daytox Tea

  • Ginseng – from China
  • Ginger Root – from China
  • Yerba Mate – from Brazil
  • Liquorice Root – from China
  • Tie Guan Yin Oolong – from China
  • Lemongrass – from Thailand
  • Fennel Seeds – from India
  • Lemon peel – from Spain
  • Lemon oil – from Spain

Sleeptox Tea

  • Chamomile – from Egypt
  • Senna – from India
  • Valerian Root – from Poland
  • Hawthorn Leaves – from Hungary
  • Lavender – from France
  • Orange peel – from Spain
  • Orange oil – Spain

Personally, I have drunk about 4 courses of the tea and what I did notice (and like!) was that I felt more energised, I didn’t as hungry and my skin looked a lot better. It also tasted pretty good!

How does the ‘faddiness’ of this tea affect the reputation of the humble tea-leaf?

I think that people who have a genuine appreciation for a good cup of tea will not be bothered by those who are interested in tea for weight-loss. If anything, detox teas have put the ‘cool’ back into tea-drinking.

To anyone considering trying the teas, approach with caution and manage your expectations. Using tea and only tea for weight loss is perhaps a little unrealistic!

Have you tried any detox teas? What were your experiences?

J

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