Teatox sounds a lot like detox, something the world has been doing for a long while and something that which its benefits and disadvantages have also been discussed for equally long.
If you do a quick Google search, you will see a hundred posts on detoxing, its benefits and how to get started.
Here’s one for example, to help you tell the difference between a juice and a blended smoothie, all to aid in your ~detoxing~ journey.
It’s hard to properly sing the benefits of detoxing. Our organs – the liver and kidney do their job of “detoxing” the body well enough. One of the reasons you go to the toilet is to get rid of toxins, did you know? (Yes, you did!)
There’s a reason we fall for the marketing of detoxification – we seem hardwired to believe we need it, perhaps related to our susceptibility to ideas of sympathetic magic. Purification rituals date back to the earliest reaches of recorded history. The idea that we’re somehow poisoning ourselves and we need to atone for our sins seems to be a part of human nature, which may explain why it’s still a part of most of the world’s religions.
If you can’t stomach the green juices in most cleanses, there’s a new way to detox: teatox. These plans take tea—one of the world’s most popular beverages—and spruce it up with a variety of ingredients, promising results such as weight loss, detoxification, and increased energy, just as other detoxes claim.
And while there’s some evidence that drinking flavonoid-rich tea protects your heart, skin, brain, and bones; helps you manage stress and maintain weight; and fends off cancer and type 2 diabetes, there’s no published research to show teatoxes are safe or effective for weight loss or anything else. But since they are considered dietary supplements rather than foods, the companies behind them don’t need to prove any of the claims listed on the labels.
A teatox is simple. Dieters simply drink several cups of herbal tea during the day, in addition to eating food. The idea is that drinking warm tea will help keep you full between meals and keep snacking at bay.
But does it work?
“Detoxing with tea may well produce initial, albeit temporary weight loss,” said Tanya Zuckerbrot, a registered dietitian and founder of the F-Factor Diet, her clinical practice in New York City that provides nutritional counseling. “Similar to any liquid diet, a tea detox or teatox works by restricting calories so that you consume fewer calories than you burn in a day.”
Zuckerbrot also advised that weight reduction is most likely due to loss of water, not fat; hence the lost weight may be regained once the tea detox ends. Supplementing a healthy diet that’s high in fiber and lean proteins with teas (such as green tea, black tea) can support our natural detoxifying processes, but it’s no magic bullet.
But many of these teatoxes contain laxatives that will be harmful to your body if taken for more than 2 weeks.
The natural remedies in place of teatoxes are aplenty –
Food that are friendly to your intestines:
- Pine Nut
- Soy Products
And some Chinese herbs that are friendly to your digestive tract……………
- Marshmallow Root
- Licorice Root
- Psyllium Seed
- Fenugreek Seed
- Flax Seed
- Comfrey Root
- Iceland Moss
- Irish Moss
- Quince Seed
- Slippery Elm
So teatoxes aren’t really needed….. right?