Today’s fast-paced lifestyle can make eating healthy, drinking enough water, and exercising particularly difficult. With the toxic foods and drinks that we are regularly consuming, it comes as no surprise that our bodies are beginning to show signs of wear and tear. In fact, a host of different health conditions can be traced back to toxicity throughout the body, and new ailments are now being linked to unhealthy lifestyle patterns.
This article will discuss toxic gut and other ailments that are associated with toxic inflammation throughout the body, and how detox tea can help promote better health.
6 Benefits of Detox Tea for Inflammation & Toxic Gut
Detox Tea Helps Remove Toxins from the Digestive System
Hippocrates began practicing what would evolve into modern medicine over two thousand years ago, and was perhaps the first to hypothesize that many diseases are linked to problems in the gut. Centuries later, as various diseases are becoming increasingly common, more and more people are finding that they are suffering from a condition known as ‘toxic gut’ or ‘leaky gut’.
Leaky gut occurs when undigested foods and toxins are allowed to escape from thinning barriers intestines and into the rest of the body via the bloodstream. People who are suffering from toxic or leaky gut find themselves suffering from a host of different conditions, including food intolerances, particularly to gluten and dairy, irritable bowel syndrome, thyroid problems, skin concerns such as acne and eczema, and mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. (1)
Detox teas are popular for a host of different conditions, but can also help reduce the inflammation that can cause toxic gut. Detox teas containing licorice, ginger, dandelion, and hibiscus have particular anti-inflammatory properties that will help repair leaking intestines, lowering the toxicity in the gut as well as throughout the body.
Certain brands of teas will have different usage instructions, but it is generally recommended consuming 1-3 cups of detox a day for a month, with at least one week in between courses.
While detoxing, it is important to cut out any food that will promote further toxicity in the gut, such as sugars, alcohol, and processed foods and focus on vegetables, ancient whole grains such as quinoa and farro, fruits, and lean, locally sourced meats, as well as plenty of water.
Supplement with a probiotic capsule to help promote healthy bacterial growth in the repaired gut (2). The first week of detoxing for leaky gut may cause flu-like symptoms, and during this time, it is important to consume plenty of water and rest to help your body heal.
Detox Tea May Alleviate Symptoms of Arthritis
In the United States today, over 52 million Americans suffer from a painful joint condition known as arthritis. (3) While there are a host of different causes of arthritis, including genetics and past injuries, it is believed that toxic, leaky gut can play a role in the development of arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis. (4)
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body sees the connective tissue in between joints not as important structures for movement, but as foreign bodies and attacks them as such, causing pain, stiffness, and degeneration.
Those who are suffering from leaky gut are more at risk for developing autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, and it is important to detox and heal a toxic gut in order to most effectively manage systemic inflammation and joint pain before it can spread to other joints (5)
Detox Tea Provides Liver Support
The liver is an incredibly important part of the digestive system as it helps to filter the toxins from the body, neutralizing them or flushing them of the body. The liver also helps to digest fats through the production of bile. These two jobs make the liver particularly vulnerable to inflammation, which can lead this organ to not function to its fullest extent.
Detox teas are often times full of ingredients that can be helpful when detoxing the liver, including dandelion, ginger, chicory, and licorice. Removing the built up toxins from the liver and reducing the inflammation can help you digest fatty foods better and remove new toxins introduced in your body through food, beverages, and environment.
Detox Tea Can Promote Healthy Looking Skin
Millions of teenagers suffer from mild to severe acne, yet adults are rarely exempt from acne and a host of other skin ailments. While hormones can be a primary cause of pimples in teenagers, those who are suffering from acne outside of adolescents may be suffering from a toxic overload in the gut and liver.
When the body is unable to filter out toxins through the digestive system, toxins are released through the skin, causing cystic acne, which produces large, painful pimples that tend to leave deep scars if the infection is not treated properly.
For those detoxing, an increase in acne may occur initially as toxins that have built up in the gut and liver are being removed, but after the first few days, many see a drastic improvement in skin clarity (6)
Detoxing May Help Prevent Autism by Preventing Leaky Gut
In recent years, the rates of autism have skyrocketed in children and teenagers throughout the United States. It is now estimated that one in sixty-eight children will be diagnosed with autism, with boys affected at a much higher rate than girls.
The causes of autism are not known and theories can be controversial, recent studies have shown that toxic, leaky gut can make mental and emotional symptoms of autism worse, and has the potential to even be the cause of autism. (7)
More research needs to be done to understand the link between intestinal bacteria and autism, but detoxing the body and helping to fix toxic gut will probably not hurt an individual with autism. Of course, it is important to work closely with a doctor or nutritionist when changing a diet of someone with any sort of health concern, including autism.
Detox Tea May Offer Protection Against Autoimmune Diseases
The immune system offers protection from microbial infection, but at times, it breaks down and leaves you vulnerable to autoimmune diseases such as thryoiditis, sustemic lupus, myocarditis, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. These are organ-specific types of autoimmune diseases that affect more than 5 percent of people worldwide. Certain detox ingredients such as turmeric contains curcumin, which is a compound used for pain alleviation and healing. According to studies, curcumin ameliorates psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and multiple sclerosis by inhibiting regulating inflammatory cytokines. (8)
Every year, millions of work hours are missed due to irritable bowel syndrome, and there is potential that many sufferers have been misdiagnosed and are actually suffering from leaky gut. As this condition can further cause various ailments throughout the body, it is important to detox a leaky gut in order to feel the best you can.
Talk with a nutritionist, holistic allergist, or other health care provider about how to safely detox for optimum results.