A professional herbalist would tell you about all the benefits of herbal teas for your health. But how about the best detox teas for weight loss diet and if they work ? Well, let’s see….
Herbs have proven medicinal properties, some from anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic to sedative, laxative, diuretic or antibacterial etc.., containing some compounds that are replicated in pharmacology for medication.
There are ongoing studies about the qualities of herbs and how they can improve (or not) our health. Folklore medicine, holistic medicine or your grandma homemade ointment ingredients can sometimes end up in scientific books after research.
Even animals self-medicate themselves with plants which is quite incredible. This book by Cindy Engel : Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them, discusses a new field in biology which is called zoopharmacognosy.
For example, she describes how ” monkeys, bears, coatis, and other animals rub citrus oils and pungent resins into their coats as insecticides and antiseptics against insect bites.” In a TEDx conference, Michael Huffman, biologist, talks about his research about animal self-medication and how “food and medicine are of the same origin“.
Wait, but they use plants to self-medicate and not to lose weight !
Why am I using these examples, simply because plants, herbs, roots, flowers, do have properties, some are toxic, some nutritious and others are healing. And there are no doubts about that.
As far as weight loss and detox teas, as they call them, they can be part of a healthy diet but in moderation….. and some of them can be tasty. The list of ingredients of this tea looks interesting !
But, I would not hope for a miracle “detox” or for “weight loss”. Just enjoy herbal tea for what they are and in moderation ! Read the ingredients !
For example, this USDA certified organic dandelion root tea, is a blend with hibiscus and cinnamon, which makes the blend more flavorful than a single herb tea with only dandelion root which is on the bitter side.
It can be part of a healthy diet. This tea is great to improve digestion and boost the immune system. Dandelion roots are diuretic (makes you pee!) but also it is full of vitamins and minerals to support a healthy liver and your kidney.
Being healthy involves many different factors including exercising, drinking water, eating and sleeping well, respecting your body… relaxing, drinking some tea for pleasure and smiling !
13 Reasons Not To Believe In Detox Tea Diet
So here are a few points to take in consideration before jumping into a tea detox diet.
1- Ask your doctor about detox, and she/he will tell you that you don’t need a special powder or a tea diet of some sort. The body detoxifies itself naturally with the kidneys and the liver. It doesn’t matter how much green juice you drink ! The body naturally flushes the toxins.
2- Drink herbal tea because you love the taste and how it feels in your body.
3- To lose weight, the best thing is to exercise regularly, drink water, eat healthy and sleep well. Add a warm herbal tea in your day for pleasure and sometimes to boost the immune system or to relax. Smile and thank your body for all the hard work it is doing all the time….
4- A tea diet can be dangerous. It is important to drink herbal tea in moderation, like anything. Some teas should not be used for more than 10 days not to create a dependance.
5- Some detox teas contain senna and it can become an irritant to the colon according to National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. It can affect the potassium intake or create unwanted side effects like diarrhea and muscle spasms.
6- Some tea can contain guarana which is a stimulant containing caffeine and can affect your sleep (insomnia) by stimulating your nervous system. You can find guarana in energy drinks.
7- Detox teas can be laxative (makes you poop!) and/or diuretic (makes you pee). So, these teas will definitely make you feel like you are being detoxified… or losing weight. But you are in fact losing water and dehydrating the body. Laxative tea can be useful if constipation problems occur, other than that, it is not necessary.
8- Placebo do work sometimes…. SO if you find it is a motivation to include Detox teas, do it without skipping the gym, drinking lots of water and eating balanced meals. But, why not just make a simple ginger tea with lemon which will encourage you to drink more water without having to deal with laxative effects.
9- You will not lose fat. But water weight, which you will regain quickly.
10- Do research about what is in the tea you are buying, there might be side effects or your digestive tracts might develop a dependance on a product.
11- Detox and weight loss tea might be contraindicated with some medications or medical conditions.
12- A Detox is like those antibacterial soaps… promoting that all bacterias to be dirty. In fact, some bacterias are good and we need to keep them in our system to stay strong and healthy.
13- If you have weight issues, talk to a health professional and get support. That’s the best way to persevere into a healthy lifestyle.
And make sure to read the ingredients carefully !