There are many, simple, everyday things you can do to support your detox – including drinking tea! A “teatox” can help improve mental clarity, soothe digestive discomfort, and reduce bloat, among plenty of other things. Read on to learn about other ways a tea detox can benefit you and which teas are the best to drink.
If you’re new to healthy eating and have never tried a detox before, starting small is the easiest path to success. A one-day teatox can help reduce bloat, help your digestion, and ease constipation. Some of the best teas for those ailments include dandelion root, licorice root, and hibiscus tea. Mix and match different teas, depending on what kind of benefits you want, and drink about 6-8 cups during the day. Ideally, a one-day detox is done without eating any food.
Integrating metal-free and toxin-free teas into your daily diet is also a great way to prep your body for a more rigorous detox program like the Myers Detox Protocol! Or you can simply drink them during your detox program to support and even deepen your detox!
For best results, you might have to try different teas to see which ones have the effects you’re looking for. You might not get the results you want right away, but don’t be discouraged. Our bodies react differently to different herbal teas, and what works for one person might not have the same effects on another.
Heavy Metals, Pesticides, and Other Toxins
Tea detoxing can help flush toxins out of your system, but what happens when the tea itself contains toxins? Find the right tea brand and you’ll be head over heels for all the benefits. But, choose the wrong one and you might find yourself disappointed with the results (or lack thereof).
Here are some toxins that might be in your tea, so you can keep an eye out next time you’re tea shopping.
Common Heavy Metals Found in Tea
Lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), arsenic (As), manganese (Mn), mercury (Hg), and copper (Cu) are some heavy metals to watch out for. These heavy metals end up in tea through the soil. Tea garden soils that have been treated with pesticides and some chemical fertilizers, and have been subjected to industrial activities are more likely to contain heavy metals.
Some good news is that the metals that contaminate tea leaves aren’t all transferred to the human body. They’re leached into the tea infusion first, so the metals you consume aren’t the entirety of what was contained in the leaf. The amount that’s transferred ranges from metal to metal, anywhere as low as 6.6% all the way to 45.2%.
Pesticides Found in Tea
Another toxin to watch out for is pesticides. These chemicals are commonly used to prevent insects from ravaging plants and natural produce, and tea plants are no exception. Different countries have different limits as to what is an “acceptable” amount of pesticide residue on produce. You might agree with these acceptable limits, or you might not. The challenge with pesticides in tea, compared to veggies and fruit, is that you can’t wash tea of its pesticide content, because it’s typically pre-packaged.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of pre-packaged teas that aren’t thoroughly screened for these threats to our health. So, how do you choose the right one?
One way to avoid these risks is to buy tea from a provider that screens their products for the above. Pique Tea is the only tea brand that performs a Triple Toxin Screen to ensure their teas don’t contain heavy metals, pesticides, and toxic mold. Those toxins can accumulate if you drink tea every day and hurt your health, which is why it’s so important to know what’s in your drink.
But… which teas are right for you? That depends on what kind of benefits you want to get from a tea detox. Your liver is your body’s natural detox system, and drinking tea like milk thistle can help it function at its best. Reducing bloat, boosting metabolism, easing constipation, and curbing cravings are some other reasons to do a tea detox.
My Favorite Teas for a Teatox
The following 7 teas are only some of the great teas you can use for a teatox.
Drink milk thistle up to 3 times a day for liver support. The active ingredient in milk thistle, called silymarin, helps buffer the liver from invading toxins by strengthening the organ’s cell walls.
2. Dandelion Root
Dandelion root or dandelion leaf tea can reduce bloat and alleviate constipation. Studies show that dandelion contains diuretic and liver-detoxifying properties. Drinking too much can have a laxative effect, so drink it in small amounts until you know how it affects your body.
3. Licorice Root
Licorice root tea has numerous different health benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties can soothe an irritated digestive tract and its mild laxative effect can help an upset stomach and bloat. Licorice can also lower acid levels in the stomach, reducing heartburn and indigestion. With its antiviral and antibacterial properties, licorice root is also useful for preventing a cold and soothing a sore throat.
Oolong tea contains plentiful antioxidants, like polyphenols and alkaloids, which specifically help detoxify the body. They fight free radicals, which pose health risks and are responsible for different chronic illnesses. Polyphenols in oolong tea also help with weight loss, specifically the metabolism of fat. Drinking this tea can also reduce stress, due to its L-theanine content.
5. Senna Leaf
Senna leaf tea is a popular solution to constipation because of its laxative effects. Senna is approved by the FDA as a laxative, but needs to be used with great caution, due to its potential side effects, like diarrhea, cramping, and abdominal pain. Long-term use of senna can create dependency, so it shouldn’t be used for more than 2 weeks at a time.
Hibiscus is a natural diuretic, meaning it can help alleviate bloat and keep your bowel movements regular. But hibiscus tea is possibly best known for its ability to help lower blood pressure, when consumed regularly. It can also help keep cholesterol levels balanced.
7. Green Tea
If your detox plan includes weight loss, green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost metabolism. This drink also includes a ton of antioxidants — epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in particular — which are vital to fighting free radical damage on your cells.
To get results you want from a teatox, it’s important that you drink the best quality tea. Since Pique Tea is the only brand of tea that Triple Toxin Screens all their tea, and with their many options and specially formulated detox and fasting teas, they’re my recommended top choice. Another good option is organic, loose leaf tea, which gives you total control over what you’re putting in your body.
Why I Love My Pique Teas
How is Pique different from other teas? Their Tea Crystals dissolve instantly in cold or hot water so anyone can make Gold Medal winning tea with no effort.
Whether your loved one is tea connoisseur, tea beginner or even diehard coffee drinker, it’s impossible not to get hooked on the amazing flavor of Pique’s teas.
Best of all, Pique’s Cold Crystallization delivers 12x the antioxidants of others teas and is the most effective way to attain natural, sustainable, long-term gut health.
Oh, and like I mentioned above, they also Triple Toxin Screen for pesticides, heavy metals and mold! I have never across a purer source of medicinal plants, ever!
This is why I trust and recommend Pique Tea Crystals to all of my clients and readers.
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Getting a diverse mix of plant polyphenols in tea is like eating the rainbow of colors in vegetables!
They provide an optimal nutrient mix for your gut biome so you can glide your way to better gut health.
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