This year’s health superfood (or super drink) is set to be detox tea. It might have been pretty big last year, but this year tea-based detoxes are set to become one of the most talked about and used ‘health’ products. All over social media, you can see detox teas being touted as the best thing since sliced bread. However, the question is, are they good for you or are they just another form of fad diet?
Before we spread the word about new health products, we always like to investigate fully, and that’s what we’ve done. Detox teas are a tricky topic because each nutritionist feels differently about them. Some love how detox tea can cleanse the body, reducing water weight and increasing weight loss. While others are set against them as they believe they’re just another fad diet. One thing, however, that almost all nutritionist can agree on is that how healthy a detox tea really is depends on what’s in it and how it should be used.
To give you the lowdown on detox teas, including how safe and effective they are, we’ve put together this guide. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of the best teas to drink, the benefits to expect and the teas to avoid.
Tea isn’t a miracle weight loss pill
The number one reason that most of us are drawn to detox teas is because of their weight loss benefits. Let’s be honest about it ladies, we all wish we could be a little slimmer, maybe drop a dress size or two. But just to be perfectly clear, any diet, tea detoxes included, that force you to starve yourself aren’t healthy. Teas that are recommended as part of a nutritious diet are much better for your health than teas that require you to fast.
Ask any nutritionist and they’ll tell you that fasting is never good for your health, so avoid diets that require it at all costs. It’s worth mentioning here that any programs that include meal replacement shakes are fine. This is because you’re not fasting. As long as you’re getting your recommended daily calorie intake and the nutrients that you need, that’s all that matters.
Many of us make the mistake of thinking that when it comes to detox tea, it’s like a miracle weight loss pill. However, despite what you might have heard in celebrity gossip magazines. Most detox teas state that for desired effects healthy eating and exercise is crucial. Often, detox teas focus more on cleansing your body of toxins than they do of aiding weight loss. The weight loss that comes with their use is often a side effect. It’s also important to realise that often the weight loss that comes from detoxes is mostly water weight. That being said, it is still weight loss, just not necessarily fat loss.
It’s not just about weight loss
While the main reason many of us use detox teas is for weight loss, that’s not the only benefit that these teas offer. Obviously, the health benefits differ from tea to tea, but there are a few that almost all detox teas offer.
One benefit of detox teas is that they tend to have good results on skin. Drinking tea that has antibacterial properties, such as dandelion root tea, can prevent breakouts. This is because often breakouts are caused by skin cells that contain bacteria. However, by drinking antibacterial tea you make your cells stronger and less prone to infection.
Another benefit of detox tea is the fact that it can make your organs healthier. Obviously, the organs that are affected by the tea depends on what tea it is that you’re drinking. For example, green tea helps to improve brain health and function. Ginger tea, for instance, has many health benefits for your stomach and overall digestive health.
If you’re going to start drinking detox tea and suffer from problems with one of your organs, make sure to pick a tea that is proven to help that area.
(Before drinking it, it’s best to check with your doctor if you’re on medication for the problem.)
Studies have shown that some detox teas can boost your immune system. This is because most teas contain herbs and fruits that are high in essential nutrients helps to boost your immune system.
Which are the best detox teas to try and why?
Now we’ve discussed a few of the health benefits that come with detox tea; the next question is what are the best teas to try. To help you choose which detox teas to try, here are a few suggestions.
Dandelion root tea is one of the best teas for aiding weight loss, helping to improve liver function, and boost hydration. This tea can also help to make your skin healthier and less prone to breakouts and blemishes. As well as being great for enhancing the female reproductive system.
Lemon and ginger tea is another detox tea that has some amazing health benefits. It’s gentle on the stomach, aids digestion and prevents bloating. Plus, because it helps to make you feel fuller, it means when you eat, you’ll eat less, helping with weight loss. If you’re looking for a tea that aids weight loss to the max, this is the ideal tea.
If you’re someone who is need of a few extra nutrients, chamomile and mint tea is perfect for you. It is packed full of antioxidants and vitamins, which makes it great for boosting your nutrient intake and immune system. Plus, it’s lovely and soothing, so if you suffer from stress or anxiety, it’s the perfect tea for you.
The great thing about detox tea is that it offers so much more than weight loss benefits, most teas also come with a range of other health benefits. It might be hard working out which flavours are good for your health and which aren’t. However, as a rule of thumb, any teas that don’t require fasting tend to be good for you.