In a world where most of us want a healthier lifestyle, detoxification, more popularly known as “detox”, is rapidly gaining prominence. You might have come across celebrities, YouTubers, and social media influencers talking about this concept as well. Before we discuss how to detox, let us understand what this trend is all about. Detoxification is a process that cleanses your body from inside by eliminating toxins by either following a specific diet or using products that remove harmful toxins from your body, which in turn helps to improve your mental and physical health.
Our bodies are naturally-equipped, to eliminate toxins through the liver, kidney, lymphatic system, skin, digestive tract and lungs. And this happens round the clock, even when we are sleeping! It is possible to optimise the body’s natural detox system or resolve minor imbalances through simple lifestyle changes and, something most of us consume daily. Yes! We are talking about tea.
For centuries, traditional healing practices and naturopaths have sworn by the healing properties of tea and believe it to be an effective natural remedy packed with multiple health benefits.
How do Teas help with natural detox?
Teas, including caffeine and herbal tea, contains phytonutrients, polyphenols, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and other natural compounds that are known to assist in removing harmful free radicals, regulating the metabolism, improving digestion, sleep and supporting optimal functioning of various body systems. The addition of tea to your routine provides a fresh boost and energy with some natural detox properties. Remember moderation is the key, and one food group is not a panacea of all.
Consuming organic, premium-quality teas with high-quality herbs and spices supports our bodies naturally. Teas that include laxatives, potent herbs and other additives like diuretics to detoxify the body may prove to be harmful. Always consult your health practitioner, based on your circumstances, if in doubt about the potential impact of these natural products.
Spice Zen has a wide selection of certified organic, gluten-free, and premium caffeine and herbal teas. Let’s look at some of the teas, how they naturally help to detox your mind and body, or shall we say Teatox!
1. Black Tea
This easy-to-make tea is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. The antioxidant property of teas is known to provide your body with multiple health benefits. It has flavonoids that are beneficial for heart health. Black tea helps to improve focus due to an amino acid called L-theanine, which increases brain activity and improve alertness. Enjoy a delightful tea with authentic certified organic Darjeeling Orange Valley first flush black tea leaves.
2. Green Tea
This lower caffeine tea is a great way to start your day, loaded with antioxidants and multiple known health benefits. The bioactive compounds in green tea may reduce the risk of dementia, while the catechins help remove bad breath. Make the perfect green tea with certified organic Darjeeling Orange Valley Green tea leaves.
3. Milk Thistle
This traditional herbal remedy is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and may have anti-inflammatory, cleansing and adaptogenic properties. Milk thistle is a popular herb for supporting liver health, heart health, regulating blood cholesterol and boosting natural immunity. Try this sweet and floral beverage with Spice Zen’s hand-blended Dandelion and Milk Thistle Liver tea.
4. Nettle and Dandelion Tea
Herbal teas with Nettle and Dandelion are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and has anti-inflammatory, cleansing, adaptogenic and hormone-balancing properties. They are known to assist the urinary tract system, hormone balancing and overall immunity of the body. Spice Zen’s herbal blend with Nettle and Dandelion is light-bodied, smooth and delicious with earthy, sweet, citrusy and floral notes. Uplift your mood with organic Nettle and Dandelion Leaf tea.
5. Lemongrass Ginger and Turmeric Tea
Lemon, Ginger and Turmeric are natural cleansers and known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Spice Zen has delicious and earthy Lemon Ginger and Turmeric tea blend made with premium organic herbs and spices. Sit back and enjoy your refreshing cup of Lemon Ginger tisane and Turmeric tea.
6. Guava Leaf Tea
Guava is a popular and delicious superfood packed with essential nutrients. Research has shown that guava leaf extracts are power-house of antioxidants, Vitamin C, polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids, and tannins with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Guava leaf tea is known to assist with diabetes, removing free radicals from the body, balancing blood glucose and blood pressure. It has a fruity, herbaceous, and mildly bitter flavour accompanied by a delightful aroma. It is beneficial to drink guava leaf tea after your meals. Try Spice Zen’s certified organic Guava Leaf tea.
Other ways to detox
Mind and body detox is a balance of lifestyle choices, exercise, food and your mindset. Drinking enough water and getting proper sleep is very important for your body. Other things that may help you are:
- Reduce salt intake
Consuming too much salt can increase water retention. You can eliminate this excess water (and waste) by increasing your intake of potassium-rich foods. Foods rich in potassium are potatoes, squash, kidney beans, bananas, and spinach.
- Reduce processed food intake
Excess consumption of processed food is linked to chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes. These conditions can harm organs important to detoxifying, such as your liver and kidneys.
- Consume food high in antioxidant and prebiotics
An antioxidant-rich diet will help your body reduce damage caused by free radicals and lower the risk of diseases that can impact detoxification. Berries, fruits, nuts, cocoa, vegetables, spices, coffee, and green tea have high amounts of antioxidants.
Including prebiotics-rich food in your diet keeps your digestive system healthy, which is important for proper detoxification and immune health. Tomatoes, artichokes, bananas, asparagus, onions, garlic, and oats are some good sources of prebiotics.
- Exercise regularly
Regular physical activity helps lower inflammation, improves metabolism and allows your body to detox. Research recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercises, such as brisk walking or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity physical activity, such as running.
- Deep breathing/ Meditation
Deep breathing and meditation are great ways to start your day. Just focus on your breath – in and out for 5 minutes! Deep breathing helps in waking up your inner system and cells by providing them with oxygen. Meditation helps with eliminating negative thoughts, calming and providing focus to your mind. Deep breathing helps in being aware of the inner you (who we so conveniently forget) and signals our body to detox. It’s a total mind and body cleanse.
A simple detox tip - start mornings with a glass of warm water with turmeric/ginger and lemon juice with black pepper to kick-start your metabolism and balance the gut’s pH to assist with digestion during the day. Drink your morning tea 20 minutes later. We love our Masala Chai for morning tea – an instant antioxidant and energy boost!
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