1) What is a teatox?
Teas are an integral part of each and every Indian households daily morning routine. Be it chai, or green tea or herbal infusions, no day begins without a cup of tea. Tea leaves are loaded with antioxidants. Teatox is a specially devised program to add beneficial tea nutrients to your diet for weight loss, glowing skin, and other lifestyle diseases. Teatox included teas made using tea leaves, fresh herbs like basil or nine, spices & condiments like cinnamon, cloves or even dried flowers and fruits. In short, its your dose of liquid elixir in a cup.
2) Why has it become so popular and regarded as the newest, best way to detox?
Green tea & its benefits have hit a new high in the recent past. the world is now discovering the marvels of fresh tea from world over and the medicinal benefits they have. e.g.. 1 cup Matcha tea from Japan has the oxygen carrying capacity that equals 137 cups of green tea!! doctors and health professionals have begun to tap these nutritional benefits of tea for therapeutic uses – only to see miraculous results.
3) How do you go about it?
First and foremost, know which tea is going to be the most suitable for the benefits you are looking at. Further then, include 3-4 cups of the tea in the day. 1st cup on waking up, 2nd cup mid morning, 3rd cup at tea time & 4th cup an hour before dinner. Remember that you tea should be made & drunk exactly as prescribed by your nutritionist else it may cause acidity, restlessness to irritable bowels.
The new age teatox – a lot pharma brands have come up with concentrated tea capsules that are your replacement for the actual cup of tea. Eating a few of these tablets per day is said to be your way of teatoxing.
4) What are the benefits? Does it help your skin, your weight, regulate blood sugar levels and assist with the digestion of food
Committing to drinking your daily detox teas means committing to drinking more water every day. Most of us are chronically dehydrated, which can lead to health issues and mental sluggishness. Tea is just as hydrating as plain water so you’ll reap the benefits without sacrificing taste.
Clearer, glowing skin
Your skin is your largest organ and is a telltale indicator of when your body is feeling overloaded. Better hydration combined with the antioxidants and polyphenols found in tea will help your skin replenish and repair so you can recapture that youthful glow!
Better sleep and more energy
Our bodies are designed to detox naturally, but when toxins start to build it can be difficult for our bodies to keep up. That can lead to a overall run-down feeling, plus extra work for our body during slumber— the time when our restorative processes kick into high gear. Detox teas help to clear out those toxins, so sleep is more restorative and rejuvenating, leading to days where we are better rested and full of energy.
Blood sugar regulation
Since teatox helps eliminate toxins from the body, the body sses a rise in insulin sensitivity & hence regulates blood sugar more efficiently.
A better frame of mind
A teatox is a time for change, where you hit reset: halting poor choices that would impede your progress and being mindful of the steps you’re taking towards a healthier body and lifestyle. By the time it has ended, you’ll be well on your way to committing longterm to the improved habits that make for a healthier lifestyle. When you see results from your teatox in your appearance, energy and mood, you’ll have the motivation to continue on the path to a healthier you!
and most importantly, its more convenient than doing a juice detox!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DIFFERENT TEAS
- Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.
- Black tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.
- White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
- Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.
Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.
5) What are the side-effects if any?
Side effects of a teatox are very few. As you tea tox, the body stir up its digestive and flushing mechanisms. Patrons may experience frequent urination, loose bowel movements or nauses for the first day after which these symptoms cease to exist.
6) Is there anyone who should avoid it?
Teatoxes are pretty safe for anyone above 16years of age. Pregnant women, patients with illness, people looking for weight loss, elderly citizens or sportsmen – everyone benefits for an occasional teatox. The type of tea used, its frequency and its quantity should be carefully determined.
7) How often can one do a teatox?
A teatox can be done on alternate day for the 1st week, followed by once a week for the next 4 weeks. This gives the desired results in most cases. To form a healthy lifestly, one must do a teatox once a month or once every fortnight depending of the results desired. Do a teatox especially after a bout of travel or eating out.
8) What are the things to do and what should you avoid doing?
It is very important to maintain a healthy diet while doing a teatox. Hydration is essential to flush out the toxins. It is advisable to do mild cardio exercises on the day of tea tox and to refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol.
Authored by Dhvani Shah – CARER Clinical Nutritionist
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