My DIY teatox journey begins somewhat unexpectedly. I’ve never been to one to diet or detox but the teatox fad (because that’s exactly what I consider it to be) has spurred my curiosity. As teatoxes are pretty much being marketed as beauty products I thought that as a beauty blogger I would shed some light on the topic, specifically the following:
- Is it worth the money?
- If not, what’s a good alternative?
- What are some ways to detox with different teas?
I’ll admit, there’s something very appealing about merely sipping tea to achieve a slimmer waistline without needing to drastically alter one’s lifestyle choices. In fact, most teatoxes simply suggest clean eating while teatoxing – that’s doable enough, no?
Of course, that begs the question – what exactly gives this special blend or blends of tea detox properties? Well, most teatox brands are pretty transparent about the benefits of each and every ingredient included in their blends, all of which are typically derived from Mother Nature herself – so what’s to question?
For starters, have you ever stopped to consider the ingredients that are used in addition to the tea? Sure, some of them are ‘super foods’ and do indeed benefit the body, but strictly speaking shouldn’t a teatox rely more on the tea itself to ‘detox’? Still other teatoxes include laxatives – of course you’re likely to drop some weight if you’re hovering over the toilet more often than usual.
And, what’s more, are teatoxes really worth the $40, $50, $60 plus dollars? Talk about droppin’ em dollars.
I decided to speak with tea enthusiast and writer behind The Cup of Life, Lu Ann. With her extensive knowledge of the Leaf (as she so passionately refers to tea), Lu Ann provided the skinny on teatoxes (no pun intended).
Natalie: What teas (if any) act as a ‘detox’?
Lu Ann: Most of the teatoxes I’ve seen use an oolong tea base. Even if many other people have noticed results from a teatox they tried, I would believe that you can get the same results with just a straight oolong tea because regular consumption is said to have a slimming effect. Another great tea [is pu’erh]. They may also be referred to as ‘aged teas’. This style of tea originated in Yunnan, China and Chinese medicine practicioners have used them for centuries for their digestive properties and cleansing actions.
N: Are teaxtoxes worth the spend? They seem overpriced to me.
L: Most teatoxes are overpriced given the fact that you are not only drinking/buying true tea. You’ll find loose leaf tea accompanied by other ‘fat burning’ herbs and such, which kind of acts like a filler to use less tea because that makes it cheaper to produce as the tea is most likely the pricier ingredient. That’s another main reason why I would just recommend putting your money into a straight oolong or pu’erh to enjoy daily. While some [of these teas] may be priced high, in the end, I still think they’re more cost efficient because you’re able to get quite a few re-steeps from one cup.
N: What’s your opinion on teatoxes?
L: [Teas themselves] are always backed up with incredible health benefits. I’m not a fan of the fact that you [have to consume teatoxes] on a schedule…like drink a cup 30 minutes before or after each meal which is actually not recommended in the tea world because tea can inhibit the absorption of iron and calcium from foods. Honestly, I think the one decent thing about teatox (that are safe with no laxatives) is that it gets people to drink tea daily, because in the end that’s really what it’s all about. If someone wanted to drink tea for the health benefits like any other form of weight loss activities, it should become a daily lifestyle in order to see and feel improvements.
And so, in the coming weeks I will be ‘experimenting’ with oolong and pu’erh teas to bring to you my DIY teatox journey (part 2) – stay tuned!