An In-depth Look into Tea for Detox
Since centuries, people across cultures have turned to Tea for its plethora of health benefits. Soon, the modern-day definition of ‘detox’ also caught up with Tea. But it’s also for good reason that people turn to teas to detox.
Tea detox is gaining popularity because it’s easy to follow and doesn’t require any major modifications to your lifestyle or starting with a fad diet. Also, with very little time in our hectic daily schedules, this small addition can make a significant difference to our overall health.
So, what exactly is Detox?
A typical detox is a temporary dietary intervention which aims at flushing out toxins from our bodies. Detox can help give our organs some rest and time to recuperate; they can stimulate our liver to flush out toxins; improve circulation and nourish our bodies.
Teas make for a great detox because they not only flush out toxins, but they also efficiently promote hydration, help boost overall metabolism, and come with an array of scientifically-proven health benefits.
Some of the teas that are best for a tea-detox are:
1)Green Teas - When it comes to health benefits, Green Tea is truly the champion of all. It contains beneficial bio compounds like polyphenols and flavonoids, which are both types of antioxidants, but it also contains a special class of antioxidants known as ‘Catechins’. These catechins are what contribute to the goodness of green teas and help reduce cell damage and reduce the risk of chronic diseases as well. As compared to coffee. It has a lower caffeine content and its caffeine buzz is a milder and a more mindful one. Green tea is also a great way to manage those untimely hunger pangs. Take 2-3 grams (~1 tsp) of any good quality loose-leaf green tea, steep in hot water for 2-3 minutes, strain, and drink!
2)Ginger Teas - These too are very effective in detox. It’s quite possible that ginger is one of nature’s best ingredients which has an efficient mix of detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and digestive properties. Boil some freshly-grated ginger in water, simmer it well, strain, and drink. While it can be consumed anytime during the day, the best time to drink ginger tea is in the morning.
3)Mint Tea - A non-caffeinated drink and seriously low on calories, Mint Tea comes with many health benefits and is one of the most flavorsome and refreshing detox teas. Bring water and mint leaves to a boil and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain and drink! Incorporating mint tea into your daily diet is a great way to get vitamins and minerals for your overall health.
4)Oolong Tea - Like green tea, oolong tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Oolong tea is an incredibly healthy and tasty addition to your lifestyle. Drinking a cup of oolong tea regularly could help enhance weight loss by improving fat burning and speeding up your metabolism. Take 2-3 grams (~1 tsp) of a good quality loose-leaf oolong tea, steep in hot water for 2-3 minutes, strain and drink! You could relish a cup of delicious Oolong tea in the afternoon to stave off late day sweet cravings and energy slumps.
Although you can enjoy these teas hot or cold, they are far more efficient when consumed hot. If the flavour of a tea is too much on your tongue, you can add a variety of condiments to enhance the flavour, like stevia, honey, fresh lemon juice etc.
In addition to this, eating plenty of fibre, drinking water, and getting at least 15-20 minutes of exercising regularly will help show the true effects of a detox. Couple this with 2-3 cups of any of these teas in a day and you’re good to go. But as I always say, anything in moderation is good. So, listen to your bodies and to your gut!