It’s official, the teatox fad has hit Singapore, but if you are still asking yourself what it is exactly, the read on!
A teatox is a tea detox; users drink a tea every day, for between 14 and 30 days and for a variety of benefits. These include cleansing of the digestive system, reducing bloating, increasing energy etc – although let’s be frank, many women simply do it as a way of helping them lose weight. It’s a relatively simple concept, just a simple tea, so why do people love it so much? Well because it’s not some crazy cleanse where all you take is some ingenious (and expensive) blend of juices and nothing else – the most important thing about the teatox is that you you still actually get to eat.
A teatox is not some miracle weight-loss programme, if you don’t put in any effort yourself, you’re not going to see any results. So you can’t have a cheeseburger and ice cream every day and expect to drop pounds just by adding one teabag to your morning routine. But where these handy little bags do come into their own is really boosting your existing weight-loss rate when accompanied by good old-fashioned sensible eating and exercise habits.
Just one quick thing to add, some teas do have a slight laxative effect, which of course, not everyone is a fan of. Now that that’s cleared up (no pun intended), let’s check out my 7 top teatox brands around.
Price: From $42 for a 14-day Teatox
Shipping: $25 worldwide; takes 5 to 10 working days.
List of Ingredients for Daytime Detox: Chinese oolong tea, mate leaves, ginger root, fennel seeds, lemongrass, dandelion leaf, ginseng root, gotu kola leaves, nettle leaves.
List of Ingredients for Bedtime Cleanse: Senna leaves, peppermint leaves, fenugreek seeds, liquorice root, burdock root, hawthorn leaves, valerian root, psyllium seeds.
Benefit claims: Well, quite a few. It claims to increase metabolism, burn calories and fat, regulate blood sugar levels and convert food eaten to energy. It also states that it can curb your appetite which is always handy if snacking is a problem. Not just focused on diet, it also claims to improve the quality of your sleep and improve your skin health.
Frequency of drinking: One Daytime Detox teabag every morning, one Bedtime Cleanse teabag every alternate night for the duration of the teatox.
Review: If you like your teas super herbal in flavour, then you will love Bootea. While the daytime bags have more a green tea taste, the bedtime cleanse is more of a peppermint flavour but both are determinedly herbal. A quick look on their facebook page shows testimonials to the teas weight-loss abilities but personally, what I noticed most was a distinct boost in my energy levels and a real reduction in any bloating I might be keeping hold of. Word to the wise: the Bedtime Cleanse contains senna leaves which does produce a slight laxative effect so best to drink an hour of so before bedtime.
2. Pure Tea Australia
Price: $34 for a 15-day Detox Tea
Shipping: $14 for non-tracked and $29 for tracked; takes approximately 10 to 15 days.
List of Ingredients: Green tea, dandelion root, liquorice root, nettle leaf, lemon verbena, whole clover, burdock, rhubarb root, calendula root, milk thistle, lemon peel.
Benefit claims: Pure Tea promises a holistic approach to detoxification. It claims to increase your metabolism, reduce water retention and bloating and to help with detoxifying the body. On the skin and health front, it claims to boost skin hydration and the immune system while improving sleep quality and the skin appearance.
Frequency of drinking: One teabag every morning and evening for the duration of the teatox.
Review: Pure Tea offers two types of tea: the weight loss tea and the detox tea. I plumped for the detox tea which had a marvelously minty taste and left me feeling definitely more cleansed and energetic. While I can’t lay claim to knowing the benefits of the weight loss tea, I will say the screenshots of flat stomached goddesses on their website is certainly inspiring.
3. Queen B Official
Price: From $18 for a 7-day B-Tox tea
Shipping: $12 takes 3 to 20 working days.
List of Ingredients: Cassia angustifolia dry leaf (senna leaves), crataegus pinnatifida (chinese hawthorn) fruit, alisma orientale tuber, plantago asiatica (chinese plantain) seed, nelumbium speciosum (lotus) leaf, hordeum vulgare (barley) fruit, citrus aurantifolia (lime) fruit, cassia tora seed.
Benefit claims: Laying more of an emphasis on ridding the body of internal toxins, it claims to help the liver and stomach run more efficiently, help detoxify the body by improving food digestion as well as of course, increasing metabolic rate, quality of sleep and rejuvenating the skin.
Frequency of drinking: One teabag every night for the duration of the teatox.
Review: If you are thinking of taking on a teatox to drop a few pounds, then this one is for you. More effective in terms of weight loss than other possible areas, this might be due to the fact the tea has a high senna content, which, as we all know, produces a laxative effect so best not to drink this when out and about. What I did also like about this one was the fact that it was super fuss-free with just one bag a day, and the taste is very similar to green tea- one of my faves.
4. Skinnyme Tea
Price: From $41 for a 14-day Skinnyme Teatox
Shipping: $12 for standard shipping, takes 10 to 15 business days; $18 for tracked shipping, takes 7 to 15 business days.
List of Ingredients for Teatox Loose Leaf: Sencha green tea, yerba mate, dandelion leaf, ginseng leaf, lemongrass, celery leaf, nettle leaf, goji berries (fresh and powdered), acai powder.
List of Ingredients for Colon Cleanse: Senna leaf and root, hawthorn berry extract, barley, lotus leaf, lime leaf and extract, psyllium husk seed, phaseolus calcaratus seed, rhubarb root, poria cocos stem bark, valerian root.
Benefit claims: Generally weight loss related, it claims to curb ones appetite, reduce water retention and bloating while improving the quality of your sleep.
Frequency of drinking: One teaspoon of Teatox loose-leaf every morning and one Colon Cleanse teabag every alternate night for the duration of the teatox.
Review: Of all the teas that I tried, this one had one of the nicest flavours. Not only that but I really noticed a difference in terms of weight and bloating. I found I lost 1kg and 0.5 inches around my waist and tummy during the trial but think that I could have actually lost more if I had kept up my usual exercise routine (which, naughty me, I let slip for a bit.)
Price: From $37 for a 14-day Starter Teatox
Shipping: Free, and because it’s based locally, you’ll receive it the next working day if you order before 12 noon the day before. Otherwise, you’ll get it the following business day. Yay!
List of Ingredients for Morning Boost: Green tea, yerba mate, nettle leaves, dandelion, guarana fruit, grapefruit leaves, strawberry, pineapple.
List of Ingredients for Night Cleanse: Ginger root, orange leaves, lemongrass, senna leaves, peppermint, licorice root, hawthorn berries, psyllium husk.
Benefit claims: Focused on detoxification and weight loss through burning fat, curbing appetite and reducing bloating.
Frequency of drinking: One Morning Boost teabag every morning and one Night Cleanse teabag every alternate night for the duration of the teatox.
Review: The daytime tea gets top marks for its pleasant fruity taste which isn’t unlike earl grey. During my trial, I noticed I had much more energy during the day and did notice the scales looking a little lighter too. However, where this tea really gets its points is for the fact it’s locally based, meaning you can get your hands on your cleanse in just one day.
6. The Teatox Company
Price: $46 for a 14-day Teatox pack (including a teatox handbook)
Shipping: $11 and takes about 3 to 4 weeks
List of Ingredients for Daytime Teatox: Yerba mate, dandelion root , jasmine green tea, milk thistle seed, green rooibos, schisandra berry, matcha green tea, hibiscus flower, holy basil, plant derived natural flavours.
List of Incredients for Nighttime Teatox: Valerian root, peppermint, spearmint, passion flower, milk thistle seed, saigon cinnamon.
Benefit claims: Put quite simply, the daytime teatox claims to kick start weight loss while protecting your liver while the night time detox seeks to help sleep quality and aid relaxation – always nice!
Frequency of drinking: One scoop (provided) of loose leaves every morning and night for the duration of the teatox.
Review: Fans of organic food will like this one – all the ingredients in the tea are organic. The daytime tea is another winner with its tropical, fruity taste, while the nighttime tea has a warm and slightly spicy profile – thanks to the cinnamon. While the nighttime tea most certainly had me sleeping through the night (something I don’t often manage) I did find the daytime bags gave me that extra spring in my step.
7. Your Tea
Price: $44 for a 14-day Tiny Tea Teatox (also available in gluten-free version)
Shipping: From $13 for standard shipping, takes 4 to 10 days. From $24 for Hong Kong Post Speedpost, takes 1 to 4 days.
List of Ingredients: Oolong tea, cassia, lotus leaf, hawthorn berry, radish seed, orange peel, barley.
Benefit claims: This tea is all about getting you back on the right track. It seeks to nourish and cleanse your digestive system to restore it back to its natural state. A particular winner for those with food intolerances – it looks to increase digestion functionality while of course, assisting with weight loss.
Frequency of drinking: One teabag three times a day – once in the morning, midday and early evening – for the duration of the teatox.
Review: The only thing I would say about this tea, is with three cups to be drunk a day, each 30 minutes before meals – it’s not the easiest of routines to follow. However, where it does win brownie points is the fact that it’s one of the few teas not to have senna so no rushing to the loo here, plus it really is great for banning the bloat and giving that extra bit of energy.