In recent years, detox diet plans and waters have been increasingly popular for removing toxins from the liver, digestive system, and skin, weight loss, and promoting overall health. Interestingly, detox teas have been popular for thousands throughout various ancient societies for the various health benefits associated with herbs such as dandelion root, peppermint, and licorice, as well as a wide variety of other ingredients.
Below are popular detox teas and the key ingredients that make them so beneficial.
6 Most Popular Detox Tea Brands
- Yogi Detox
Yogi detox tea comes in a wide variety of different flavors and detoxing for specific conditions, including peach detox, berry detox, and roasted dandelion for general detoxing, and specific teas for when you are fasting, when you need a diet boost, or when your skin needs a little extra help.
The original detox is comprised of sarsaparilla root, which is known for it’s detoxifying benefits, cinnamon bark, well known as a soothing agent for the digestive and respiratory systems, and ginger, which is also known for digestive benefits as well as the benefits it has on joint health.
Like many other types of detox teas, Yogi Detox contains dandelion root, which is incredibly important for liver health as well as skin health. Yogi Detox also contains licorice root which also known for the benefits to the liver and skin.
It is suggested to consume between one and three cups of tea per day, using no more than ten tea bags during the day. You can drink Yogi Detox everyday for one month, but you should give your body a week’s rest before to starting a new detox course. (1)
- Gaia Herbs Detox Tea
Gaia Herbs Detox Tea is another popular tea detox specifically for a healthy liver, and therefore, all over healthy body. Aloe vera leaves are one of the main ingredients in the Gaia Herbs Detox Tea, which helps to promote healthy bowels and immune system.
This tea also contains artichokes, which helps with bile production, and burdock, a plant that helps keep the liver and skin healthy, as well as promotes healthy joints. Like Yogi Detox, Gaia Herbs Detox Tea contains licorice root for liver and skin. It also contains peppermint for digestive and respiratory support, anise for flavor, and fennel for soothing spastic muscles. (2)
- Traditional Medicinals Everyday Detox
Traditional Medicinals Everyday Detox promotes itself as a tea based off the recipes of ancient Chinese detox teas. This tea contains chicory root, which has been used for thousands of years in ancient Roman, Persian, and Indian medicine for liver health, as well as gallbladder and overall digestive system health.
This detox tea contains dandelion root, important for liver health, and schisandra berry extract, which helps reduce inflammation throughout the body, reduces the impacts of stress on the body, and promotes a healthy liver and gallbladder. This tea can be consumed once per day for six weeks before taking a week off in between courses. (3)
- SkinnyMint Teatox
Skinny Mint is a two part tea detox system, one for the morning, and one for before bed. The morning recipe contains dandelion, as well as guarana seed for an energy boost and nettle leaf for urinary and digestive health.
Morning SkinnyMint also contains mate leaf, which can help promote a healthy weight as well as digestive and joint health. The evening SkinnyMint contains ginger and peppermint for digestive support, licorice for a healthy liver, and hawthorne berry extract, which has been used for hundreds of years as an anti-inflammatory, particularly for heart health.
SkinnyMint morning blend can be taken every morning, but the evening blend should be taken every other evening before bed. (4)
Arbonne tea is a popular tea that specifically supports kidney and liver health. Arbonne contains licorice and dandelion for liver health, and peppermint for digestive health. Arbonne also contains parsley, which is an important part of this detox.
This herb is high in antioxidants, which support all over bodily health, and also helps prevent water retention. (5) Additionally, this herb helps to reduce inflammation throughout the body, helping to remove toxins and relieving arthritis pain. (6) Arbonne also contains walnut leaf, which can help to cure bacterial and viral growth throughout the body.
Lyfe detox tea, like SkinnyMate Teatox, is a two step system that is taken in the morning and at night. One of the main ingredients in the Lyfe detox tea is a superfood that is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals known as moringa. The morning blend also contains mate, which helps with inflammation, energy, weight loss, and mental focus, as well as ginger and lemon peel for digestive health.
The evening blend contains senna leaf, which relaxes the smooth muscles in the digestive system and works as a laxative, as well as dandelion for a healthy liver and gallbladder. It also contains chamomile to sooth the digestive system and nettle for the antioxidant properties.
Morning Lyfe tea can be seeped for two to ten minutes, and the evening lyfe tea should only be seeped for one minute for beginners, due to the laxative effects of the senna leaf. Lyfe tea can be used as a base for smoothies or can be sweetened with honey or fruit. (7)
How To Make A Detox Tea Most Effective?
Most of the teas above have suggested serving instructions, which are important to follow. In order to get the most out of your detox tea, make sure you are eating sensibly during your month or six-week span. Avoid alcohol, sodas, overly-processed sugars and grains, soy products, and dairy products.
Doing so will ensure that your liver and rest of your body is able to fully remove the toxins and begin to function optimally.
How to Know Which One is Best for You?
Not all detox teas are created equal, and the question of which one is best largely depends on you and your concerns. Consider product availability. Just because a detox tea looks good on paper, does not necessarily mean it will work for you, hence the importance of a trial period. Easily available products are almost always a safer bet, just because you can try them beforehand.
The duration of the detox is also a big factor. Make sure your detox plan isn’t going to put your life on hold for too long. No one wants to be a slave to the toilet, constantly worrying when the next time to go number 2 will be. It’s normal to feel the urge to poop more often during a detox, but to the point where you can’t even leave the house anymore.
Possible Reactions and Negative Side Effects
Some of these detox teas contain ingredients that have a diuretic effect. One of those ingredients is dandelion root, or also known as “water pills.” This means that they help the body flush out excess water retention and sodium through the urine, lowering blood pressure and giving the heart an easier time to pump blood. So while dandelion root may not be inherently bad for you, consuming it in excess, or in combination with existing conditions, may have serious consequences.
If you already have low blood pressure and you react strongly to the diuretic, you may experience negative side effects such as heart arrhythmia, electrolyte imbalance, muscle weakness and/or cramps, dehydration, nausea, vomiting and dizziness.
Detox teas have been around for thousands of years, and for most people, it can be an amazing way to cleanse the liver, skin, and digestive system, as well the entire body. If you do have any health concerns, or are pregnant or nursing, it is important to discuss your detox plan with a doctor to ensure you are healthy enough to partake in a detox tea regimen.
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