Doing a detox has been on my bucket list for years. I was thrilled to see the rise of the teatoxes – a cheaper alternative for juice cleanses! My chance to test this slightly controversial health matter has finally arrived. Unfortunately, most teatox brands don’t deliver to Europe. Bootea, a teatox brand based in England, does! I got my 14 days tea supply in the mail last week. Today’s post is all about my pre-detox thoughts.
The main reason I’m so interested in doing a teatox is that I’m curious about the effect it can have on my body. I ordered Bootea’s 14 Day Teatox, costing a rough 25 euros. It promises to perform an intensive cleanse of your digestive system (yay), leaving you an energised feeling (yay yay yay yay). Sounds like something I want. Let me rephrase that – sounds like something I need.
Bootea’s 14 Day Teatox provides you with 14 Daytime Detox teabags and 7 Bedtime Cleanse teabags – one for every other night. You just keep on eating healthy (but preferably without meat and alcohol) and drink the teas. That’s it! They’re filled with natural ingredients and because I’m one of those
annoying people who likes to know what she’s drinking, I researched the ingredients. Smart is sexy, right? 😉
Ingredients of the Daytime Teatox: Chinese Oolong tea, Maté leaves, Ginger root, Fennel seeds, Lemongrass, Dandelion leaf, Ginseng root, Gotu Kola leaves, Nettle leaves
- Chinese Oolong tea: energy boosting, bone health, preventative against cancer, healthy for skin, increases metabolism, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, detoxifying, relieves stress and depression
- Maté leaves: energy boosting, preventative against cancer, increases metabolism, boosts immune system, lowers cholesterol, detoxifying
- Ginger root: preventative against cancer, treats stomach problems, detoxifying
- Fennel seeds: bone health, preventative against cancer, lowers blood pressure, detoxifying
- Lemongrass: preventative against cancer, detoxifying, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, healthy for skin
- Dandelion leaf: bone health, healthy for skin, detoxifying
- Ginseng root: energy boosting, regulates blood sugar, healthy for skin, relieves stress and depression
- Gotu Kola leaves: healthy for skin, detoxifying, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and depression
- Nettle leaves: boosts immune system, healthy for skin
Ingredients of the Bedtime Cleanse: Senna leaves, Peppermint leaves, Fenugreek seeds, Liquorice root, Burdock root, Hawthorn leaves, Valerian root, Psyllium seeds
- Senna leaves: healthy for skin, detoxifying
- Peppermint leaves: healthy for skin and hair, relieves stress
- Fenugreek seeds: healthy for skin and hair, detoxifying
- Liquorice roots: lowers cholesterol, relieves stress and depression, healthy for skin
- Burdock root: preventative against cancer, healthy for skin, boosts immune system, detoxifying
- Hawthorn leaves: lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, relieves stress
- Valerian root: promotes sleep and aids with insomnia, relieves anxiety and stress
- Psyllium seeds: lowers cholesterol, regulates blood sugar
But with so many pros, there are also cons. It’s important to read up about both! Most of the cons aren’t scientifically proven and are only a risk when you consume it in high doses. Personally, I don’t think that a two-week teatox with only one cup a day can do me much damage. However, I’m not a doctor. If you have any questions or doubts, consult with your GP.
✘ Finally, I want to emphasize something important. In the Bedtime Cleanse tea bags are senna leafs and psyllium seeds, both known to have a laxative effect. Therefor it’s very, very important to take your contraceptive pill at noon or night. It takes around 10 hours for the laxative effect to occur so it’s okay to take it at night. However, don’t take your contraceptive pills within 4 hours of the laxative effect. Bootea advices the use of condoms during your teatox. Just wanted to get that out there because not everyone reads the FAQ of a product they’re trying for the first/second/third time.
I’m excited to say that I’m starting my detox tomorrow! I’ll definitely do an ‘after 7 days…’ update. Stay tuned!
Are you a detox fanatic or a detox skeptic?