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What Are the Many Benefits of Detox Tea?

Mar 26, 2023

Detox tea can refer to a wide variety of tea ingredients, and therefore benefits of detox tea vary by the tea types included. In this article, detox tea refers mainly to green tea. But green tea is an example of how other types or tea recipes can aid your health and well-being. Of course,  deliciousness is a benefit of detox tea too! 

In your ongoing effort to become healthier, you have learned a lot and, by even reading this article, you continue to strive for additional ways to eliminate toxins from your routine. Well, turning to tea to detox can complement or amplify  your health efforts (like a healthy diet) , and support  your path as a Ruan Detox Warrior

Whether you have been wondering whether detox teas are good for you, you are thinking of trying detox tea for losing weight, want to support your body’s natural detoxification, or you are simply curious about some of the additional benefits of detox tea, you have come to the right place. 

Let’s dive into some of the many benefits of detox tea and get a better understanding of how it can help you.

Benefits of Detox Tea

Goodbye free radicals—hello, health benefits! Here are some of our favorite detoxifying tea benefits…

Boost Immunity

We know that your immune system is key in optimizing your health, and detoxifying tea can certainly aid you in this effort. The benefits of detox tea depend on which ingredients you are drinking. For example, green tea can help your immune system with components like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been found to inhibit “a variety of viruses, including influenza A virus,” and catechins, which has been found to “exhibit antiviral activity against various acute infectious diseases experimentally.” By inhibiting  your body of harmful pathogens, drinking detox tea can build up better immune support while at the same time eliminate toxins.

Aid Weight Loss

A popular benefit of detox teas is their assistance in weight loss efforts. You might be wondering how they achieve this. For starters, detox teas can boost your metabolism. One study found that drinking four cups of green tea led to a significant reduction in body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and systolic blood pressure. 

However, a healthy diet is crucial as well. As you know, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to meaningful weight loss, and detox teas for weight loss will not get the job done on their own. However, they can help! 

Improve Mental Clarity

Some detoxifying teas can reduce inflammation. Certain teas (such as green tea or matcha tea) are especially good at this. By reducing inflammation, you are likely to feel more alert and focused throughout the day.

Inflammation and toxic blockage can contribute to people feeling sluggish, which results in reduced attention or energy. A major benefit of detox tea is that it can improve your mental performance, which can make it easier to complete everyday tasks. 

You may even notice that tea for detoxifying helps you “work smarter not harder”. 

Support Better Skin

Since inflammation and stress can be harmful from the outside in, and vice versa, teas for detoxifying can improve your complexion from the inside out. In addition to green tea helping to reduce inflammation, other types of teas can help you relax and even aid in improved sleep. Chamomile tea, for example, has been shown to improve sleep and depression in post partum women. Needless to say, high quality sleep provides invaluable benefits—like detoxifying and restoring—as does reduced depression! 

When you sleep well, are less depressed, eat a healthy  diet, reduce inflammation, manage stress, and detoxify your body and life, your skin shows it. 

If you have been seeking glowing skin, consider the benefits of detox tea and start from the inside out. 

Empower Your Body’s Natural Detoxification

Our biology is brillant, and has a complex system to naturally detoxify. For example:

  • Our brain removes toxins during our sleep
  • Our lungs detoxify air we inhale.
  • Our skin blocks out many things and excretes waste.
  • Our kidneys detoxify our blood.
  • Our gut helps eliminate waste and toxins too.
  • Our liver transforms compounds in several ways—like to become water soluble for the kidneys to excrete as urine and to filter out things like medications, bacteria, alcohol, and other unhealthy things.

Detox tea can include ingredients that support the organs above so that they do an even better job. In addition to green tea, other types of tea that can help your body detoxify are those with antioxidants, like matcha and black tea. But there are many types so there are potentially wide-ranging benefits of detox tea. Furthermore, simply hydrating a lot helps detoxify by promoting more flushing out of toxins.

The bottom line is that it’s hard to go wrong when adopting different ways to empower your body’s natural brilliance, improve your sleep quality, remove toxins from your body, calm stress, support  your digestive system, boost immunity, and hydrate more. Detox teas can help with all of that. What do you have to lose?

Beware of Detox Tea

There can also be too much of a good thing so drink tea mindfully. For example, there is research that some teas can harm the liver. So be sure to consult your trusted healthcare providers and read product labels for warnings.

Tips For Practical Nontoxic Detox Tea

As is often the case with consumer products, toxic exposures are also overlooked when considering detox tea. When selecting your detox tea, you can reduce toxic chemicals and heavy metals with the tips below.

  1. Research your detox tea at the Environmental Working Group
  2. Avoid packaging materials that may contaminate your tea. For example, microplastics and hormone-disrupting chemicals could be in your tea.
  3. Buy organic detox tea, or research the agricultural and manufacturing practices of the detox tea, to help reduce the likelihood that the detox tea ingredients contain toxic pesticides and heavy metals.
  4. For shortcuts to finding your practical nontoxic detox teas, join the D-Tox Academy. Our community shares our favorite practical nontoxic products that have been researched and embraced by our families. They are in the D-Tox Academy Shopping Guides. We also have Q&A to help you decide what’s best for you.

For additional help in eliminating toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and EMFs from your products and home, check out our Ruan Living offerings to continue your journey into detoxifying your body and becoming a healthier version of yourself.

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