The Ultimate Guide to Detox Tea

July 7, 2015
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What is detox tea?

Looking for something to clean yourself from the inside? If so then all you need is detox tea! Detox tea is made by mixing tea leaves with various herbs. It is 100% natural and organic formulation that helps in cleansing your body. It is free of caffeine and contains refreshing ingredients. Experts of alternative medicine believe that detox tea helps detoxify your body systems. It makes sure that all the toxins are flushed out of your body and your metabolism and body systems remain in their optimum shape.

Why should you use it?

We live in a modern world teeming with pollutants. Believe it or not, these toxins constantly enter into our bodies. They pollute the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the place you live in. Apart from this, our lifestyles and dietary habits are unhealthy. Alcohol consumption, artificial flavors, and other additives pollute the body and hinder the flow of natural body processes.

Toxins build up in your bodies and affect the quality of health. Metabolism slows down and energy levels deteriorates. Fatigue, digestive issues, bloating and whatnot. In short, you suffer from “feel like crap” syndrome!

Detox tea comes to rescue you from this crappiness! Your body has its own detoxifying and excretory machinery. The liver detoxifies the chemicals and kidneys excrete them out of the body. Skin, blood and immune system also play their respective roles in keeping the body pure. These organs work well in usual state of health, but sometimes they do need assistance. Detox tea does the job and helps you in getting your liveliness back.

How it works?

Detox plans, comprising of teas and diets, are getting popular with each day. Many celebrities use them and their fans follow the lead. Most of them are natural herbs with abilities to cleanse the body. Detox tea is also made with such herbs. They are mixed with tea leaves to bring them in a consumable form. The main action of these teas is on the liver and colon, where they help these structures detoxify and eliminate body toxins. Moreover, these herbs give your body a boost of antioxidants that can protect your body systems against toxins.

Research 1)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25522674 suggests that detox plans increase the detoxification by liver and speed up the elimination of pollutants from the body. They have antioxidant ability that decreases the level of toxins- something known as oxidative stress- in the body. They act as laxatives and cleanse the colon. Moreover, they also affect the digestive system and assist it in working properly. Herbs like dandelion, milk thistles and others alike act as a remedy for liver ailments. Detox tea boosts up your metabolism and rejuvenates your energy levels. It also boosts immunity by anti-inflammatory action and purifies blood as well.

What are its ingredients?

Herbs have been used for various purposes since old times. Our ancestors have used them as remedies for many ailments. With advancement in the field of medicine, we have shifted to alternative methods. However, some herbs still serve us matchlessly. Detox tea is made by blending such herbs to purify our body cells. Some of the ingredients that can be used to make such detox tea include:

1. Milk Thistle:

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Milk thistle is a Mediterranean plant natively, but found throughout the world. It derives its name from the milky sap pouring out of leaves on crushing. It is used to treat kidney, liver and gall bladder problems. Milk thistle is used as an ingredient for detox tea because it contains a group of flavonoid silymarin.

Silymarin is a group of flavonoids, which constitutes silibinin, sildianin and silicristin. These substances are anti-inflammatory and antioxidants. These ingredients repair the liver cells and help in the growth of new ones. They enhance the toxin blockage at the membrane level and enhance protein synthesis in the liver.

Research 2)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/mnfr.200800110/abstract;jsessionid=083646958D97AB02BD78AB467E7F4FE2.f04t04 shows that silibinin has hepto-protective effects against toxins. Silymarin also protects liver from the toxic effects a drug acetamenophin (Tylenol)- overdose of this drug causes liver damage.

Another research 3)http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/65/10/4448 has demonstrated the anticancer tendencies of milk thistle. It reduces the growth of cancer cells and inhibits their reproduction. Milk thistle also acts as an antidote of death cap mushroom toxin.

2. Burdock:

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Burdock is an herb used in Chinese traditional medicine for treating many diseases. It is edible and contains large amounts of useful flavonoids. A research 4)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20981575 proved that its roots have ingredients that actively detoxify the blood. These ingredients purify blood and improves its circulation to the skin. They also enhance the texture of the skin and act as a remedy for skin disease like eczema. Its seeds have an ample supply of anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic substances.

A scientific study 5)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20981575 has also demonstrated that it inhibits the growth of microbes in the oral cavity. Its roots also possess anti-diabetic compounds. These wide range benefits make burdock a perfect ingredient for detox tea.

3. Artichoke:

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Artichoke is a perennial herbaceous crop with an edible part. It contains significant amounts of phenolic compounds that have great health benefits- for instance, cardiovascular benefits. They are anti-oxidants in nature and reduce the oxidative stress in the body. Decreased level of free radicals in body saves the cellular membranes against damage and improves metabolism too.

A research 6)https://www.academia.edu/7680093/Chemical_Composition_Antioxidant_and_Antimicrobial_Potential_of_Artichoke has documented the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of artichoke.
Artichoke extract is used in detox tea for various other reasons. For instance, it improves the digestive health.

Research 7)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25954317 has shown its efficacy in the treatment of functional dyspepsia (indigestion)- this disease is a chronic digestive disorder of peristalsis (movement of gut). Another study 8)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25904284 has proved its stimulatory effects on the growth of “good bacteria” in the gut. This ability of artichoke is due to the presence of inuline in it. Artichoke is also known to reduce cholesterol levels of the body. A study 9)https://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR15507.aspx showed that it effective protects the users from cardiovascular diseases, which is possibly due to its ability to reduce the build-up of cholesterol.

4. Dandelion:

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Dandelion is an herb rich in Vitamin A. It is edible and used frequently in detox tea formulations. Dandelion tea proves effective in increasing the flow of bile. This increase in flow makes it possible for liver to drain its toxins into the excretory routes.

Research 10)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16950583 shows that dandelion can be used to treat heartburn, dyspepsia and anorexia. It is also used as diuretic, which assists kidney to excrete toxins out of the body effectively. Dandelion flower possesses anti-oxidant properties as well.

5. Peppermint:

Peppermint
Peppermint is frequently used to make detox teas. Owing to its health effects, it proves to be a magical herb. Peppermint tea, like other detox tea ingredients, contains an ample supply of healthy anti-oxidant. Moreover, it has phenolic contents like rosmarinic acid and various flavonoids, which protect body systems against oxidative harm. Human studies 11)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16767798 on peppermint tea have shown that it is antiviral in nature.

It has healthy effects on gastrointestinal tract as well. Research 12)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18630390 suggests that it is effective in the symptomatic treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. It reduces diarrhea, flatulence and abdominal pain. It also alleviates functional dyspepsia and improves digestive health.

6. Chamomile:

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Chamomile is an herb that has been long used in Chinese way of treatment. It is used in detox tea due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and various other health benefits. Chamomile tea is a stress reliever. Research 13)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19593179 has proven the effects of this herb in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder.

Its consumption increases the levels of hippurate in the urine. Presence of this substance in urine confirms its immune-modulatory impacts. It strengthens the immune system of the body and fight against toxins.

A study showed 14)http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/01/050104112140.htm that its consumption increases the urinary levels of glycine. Glycine alleviates muscle spasms. That is why researchers believe that use of chamomile can help treat muscle tensions, aches and menstrual cramps.

It also contains apigenin, which fights cancer. Researchers at the Ohio University 15)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2328733/Camomile-tea-fights-cancer-Chemical-contained-drink-takes-away-superpowers-diseases-cells.html found out that one cup of chamomile detox tea daily can ward off cancer!

Other ingredients like ginger and green tea extract can also be used to formulate detox tea. Lemon juice is added for its flavor as well as health benefits.

What are the benefits of detox tea?

Summarizing the benefits of detox tea, we can conveniently say that it has following healthy effects.

  • Acts as antiviral and antimicrobial
  • Acts as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant
  • Keeps the cancer away by reducing cancer cell growth
  • Improves detoxification abilities of the liver
  • Acts as diuretics and enhances kidney function
  • Increases the capability of the digestive system
  • Acts as therapeutic agent in irritable bowel syndrome
  • Improves the growth of natural flora of the body
  • Relieves stress
  • Elevates mood
  • Reduces muscular cramping
  • Modulates and optimizes the activity of immune system
  • Promotes blood purification
  • Ensures healthy skin

Is detox tea safe to use?

Research 16)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18630390 shows that no sound reason exists to discourage individuals from taking such teas. They are perfectly safe to use as the ingredients are purely natural and organic. However, pregnant and lactating females should consult their doctors before using detox tea. Mild adverse effects may emerge in the beginning, but your body adapts to the detox process with time. Some commonly experienced side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Bloating
  • Irritability
  • Dehydration

How can you make detox tea at home?

Detox teas are readily available in markets. You can grab a suitable one for you, anytime. However, if you are not satisfied with their quality, you can make a detox tea at home. Try this recipe for a delicious yet effective detox therapy.

  • Take 3 ounces of burdock
  • 3 tea bags of dandelion roots
  • 3 tea bags of milk thistle
  • 2 tea bags of chamomile roots
  • 25 drops of artichoke
  • 1 tea bag of peppermint
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Take 5 cups of boiled water and add burdock in it. Wait until it boils and let it boil for 1 minute. Add tea bags of dandelion, milk thistle, peppermint and chamomile and heat again. Cover and wait for 15 minutes. Add lemon juice and artichoke extract. Refrigerate it for half an hour and you are ready to take a detox tea dosage!

How should you take detox tea?

You can take detox tea twice a day. Drink one cup in the morning right after you wake up. Take another cup before sleeping and your body will do the work while you are asleep. Do not be over enthusiastic about the dosage. Overdose of detox tea increases the incidence of dehydration because of its diuretic properties. Since such teas have laxative properties, you may suffer diarrhea as well if you’re not careful regarding the dosage.

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