Today I’m talking about tea detoxes, which really seem to have grown in popularity in recent months. This version of detoxing involves cleansing your system by drinking a specially blended herbal tea, which sounds simple enough. Always up for trying something new I was very happy when Slendertoxtea kindly sent me their 14 Day Teatox* to try.
Slendertoxtea state that their organic tea detox will help to reduce bloating, decrease your appetite, increase your metabolism and, if used as part of a healthier lifestyle, aid weightloss. Having recently embarked on a bit of a health kick – trying to eat more healthily and joining the gym – I was keen to see if Slendertoxtea would help yield greater results. I also liked the idea of ridding my body of excess toxins and having more energy.
This isn’t a meal replacement diet, infact the Slendertox process is simple: you drink one tea each morning as soon as you wake up, and every other night you also have an evening tea. Slendertoxtea doesn’t claim to be a quick fix and obviously for any tea detox to be 100% effective you should be eating healthily too, so the website has a handy Eating Plan you can download if you would like some guidance on what to eat, and what foods to avoid.
Now down to the nitty gritty (if you’re of a sensitive disposition you may want to skip this bit) which is that this tea detox works by having a laxative effect, due to the particular herbs in the tea, which – ahem – flush you out. This did cause me a little concern, especially as the packaging advises that you should start the Teatox at the weekend or when you’ll be closer to home! For that reason I started my Teatox in the half term holidays, safe in the knowledge that I wouldn’t be rushing about doing the school run!
I brewed my first cup of tea at around 10.30am, allowing the teabag to steep for 3 minutes, and true to form, 8 hours later, at 6.30pm I felt the urge to visit the bathroom. I use the word urge but it wasn’t desperate, in the way that it sometimes can be when you have a tummy upset, but I had a mild cramping that told me it was time. My bathroom visit wasn’t unpleasant, but was quite a long one – I think my husband wondered where I vanished to!
Most days followed this pattern so the effect was predictable, although on days following the Sleeptox night-time tea my visits were more frequent (this could be a problem if you work in an environment where frequent loo breaks could be a problem), and in all honesty the effects weren’t anywhere near as bad as I had imagined. As the first week progressed I did notice a few IBS symptoms such as bloating and trapped wind, but again this was bearable and I guess is a potential side effect given that the teas aim is to cleanse your digestive system and flush out toxins.
By the second week I was more confident so allowed my tea to brew a touch longer. I definitely felt energised after each brew and the side-effects had eased slightly. I was also surprised to find I quite enjoyed the taste of the tea; which was similar to black tea, so drinking it wasn’t too much of a chore, though the smell, which to my nose was a slightly fusty, stale tobacco odour, was a little unpleasant.
I was drinking SlenderToxTea in conjunction with a couple of weekly gym classes so undoubtedly the fitness played a part, but I took Before & After photos of my tummy (below) which show a definite improvement in my skin texture, which is a lot smoother, and my dreaded muffin-top which has significantly reduced. In general too I feel really good; my skin is clearer and I have more energy. Stepping on the scales and I also shed 3lbs; I’m pretty impressed!
Slendertoxtea definitely isn’t the solution to weightloss on its own, and personally I’d only want to this type of detox for a couple of weeks at a time, but in conjunction with a healthier lifestyle it does seem to help in shifting some of that awful stomach overhang, and I possibly will return to Slendertoxtea in the summer when it’s time to dust off the bikini! The tea would also be a great used as a one-off just before a holiday or special occasion to help you look your best, or as part of a post-Christmas diet.
The Slendertoxtea teabags are available on the website in a 14 day pack priced at £19.99 and a 28 day pack for £32.99 with free UK postage.
Have you ever tried a Teatox?