Cleansing tea promotes digestion and healthy living, according to science. When combined with a healthy diet, cleansing tea floods your body with antioxidants, which lower cellular stress levels and fight off sickness and disease.
To get the most from your cleansing tea, simply add it to a healthy and balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, lean protein, dairy, whole grains, legumes and nuts. You may wish to drink more tea for a few days, perhaps replace a meal with a protein shake and cut back on processed foods, alcohol and sugar for a quick boost to your diet plan, but remember that this strategy is not good for the long-term. If you want lasting effects, you need to combine your cleansing tea with a nutritional and naturally cleansing diet like the The Total Wellness Cleanse.
Always consult a professional before starting any cleanse or detox program, but in the meantime here’s ten things you need to know about cleansing tea now.
1. Comes In Two Types
Cleansing tea comes in two forms: tea and herbal tea. There are three main varieties of tea that can be used to cleanse and detoxify your body: green, black, and oolong. Of these three, green tea has been proven best for cleansing purposes because it has the highest concentration of antioxidants. Extensive studies have shown that green tea reduces the risk of heart disease by 11%, kills cancerous cells and stops new ones from growing. It also helps treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), diabetes and liver disease. Herbal tea on the other hand, is made from leaves and roots of herbs. Effective herbs to use in cleansing tea include milk thistle, dandelion, ginger and curcumin. Other herbs like red clover clear the lungs of toxins and phlegm. Cilantro helps purify your blood and prevents inflammation, while chicory tea relieves sinus trouble.
2. Detoxes The Body
“Tea-Toxing”, as it’s commonly known, combats free radicals. Free radicals are pollutants that attack your body by killing your cells and damaging your DNA. They contribute to the aging process, as well as the development of a number of health problems, including cancer and heart disease.You intake these free radicals by consuming chemicals (for example, pesticides), preservatives (often found in heavily processed foods), or by breathing in pollution. The antioxidants found in tea called polyphenols, not only neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals, but may also prevent the damage from occurring altogether.
3. Nourishes The Liver
If you drink alcohol, smoke, take prescription drugs, eat processed foods and live in a polluted area, you should take extra care of your liver. Cleansing tea nourishes the liver, the part of your body that eliminates toxins, and kick starts your metabolism making your weight loss efforts easier and more effective. By adding cleansing tea to your diet, you will also experience feeling lighter, less bloated and skinnier, leading to a better mental state. Sometimes all you need is a glimpse of the future self you’ve created by changing eating habits. Besides this extra psychological motivation, cleansing tea also has natural mood boosters.
4. Increases Weight Loss
Cleansing tea will boost your metabolism. But as far as weight loss goes, green tea simply helps the body burn fat faster and more efficiently. A common ingredient to watch out for in packaged cleansing teas is senna, an herbal laxative, which may be helpful is small dosages, but harmful when overused.
5. Regulates Blood Sugar
Cleansing tea controls sugar cravings for you and maintains blood sugar levels. It also stimulates and improves digestion. Herbal teas in particular help tremendously with the cleansing and detoxification process.
6. Lowers Blood Pressure
Cleansing tea reduces blood pressure. The properties of green tea make it particularly helpful in preventing high blood pressure, but to fully relax and beat stress, try drinking tea with a friend and some laughter.
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7. Curbs Binging
Cleansing tea discourages bad eating habits by reducing hunger and food cravings. If you strayed from your daily meal plan by drinking too much alcohol, balance it out with some green tea which protects the liver from toxic substances.
8. Feels Healthy
Drinking tea impacts your mood too. Cleansing tea first thing in the morning can give you a boost to get through your day, while drinking a caffeine-free version before bed can help soothe and relax you.
9. Works For You
Cleansing tea is fully effective when you have combined it with sleeping six to eight hours per night, completing at least 30 minutes of exercise daily and reducing your intake of toxins through the foods you consume. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 2 to 3 cups of green tea per day is recommended for adults only. Teas and herbs used to make cleansing teas strengthen the body and treat disease but they must be used with caution because they contain substances that can trigger side effects when used with supplements or medications. If you have a preexisting condition, you should consult your doctor about which teas and herbs are best for you.
10. Can Be Budgeted
Tea is consumed more than any other beverage in the world except water. And of course the higher the demand, the higher the price. Some cleansing teas come in 2- or 4-week packages making them more affordable and very convenient. However, if you are on a strict budget, you can just purchase loose-leaf herbs and mix them up at home. Empower yourself to select the best cleansing tea mixture for your body’s own unique needs and create a detox drink your body will thank you for.
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