8 Detox Teas Which Guarantee Weight Loss
Have you tried all those weight loss diets with no luck?
Do you feel that you need an easy approach to weight loss?
Many weight loss diets these days depend on unhealthy pills and shakes. Detox teas for weight loss make so much sense as they focus more on being healthy rather than just slim.
Living in a world of environmental pollutants, artificial flavours, pesticides, and preservatives, our body stores these toxins in tissues and organs. Most of these harmful substances are carcinogenic and can lead to a major health problem. A detox drink helps you in flushing out these toxins before a toxic overload starts showing dangerous effects.
Detox teas provide energy and improve your metabolism. Some of these even contain special enzymes that help you in utilizing carbohydrates, thereby aiding weight loss.
A 2013 research published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine studied the outcomes of a 21-day detox program. The seven participants were allowed to consume complex carbs, and protein shakes. They showed short-term weight loss (an average of 11.7 lbs) and better lipid profiles. Total cholesterol levels also decreased.
Here are some easy to prepare detox teas for weight loss:
The most well known and famous for losing weight is green tea. Research shows that the flavonoids, caffeine, and catechins in green tea are the key contents for its weight loss ability. Caffeine aids in burning fat and also enhances exercise performance. Antioxidant in green tea called catechins(EGCG) boosts metabolism and enhances fat oxidation.
You don’t need to drink an abundant quantity of green tea to help you lose weight rather a small amount of 2.5 cups per day is enough to get you going. Studies reveal that it can even improve insulin activity and lower your appetite overall.
One thing to remember when preparing green tea is that boiling water is not good for catechins so do bring your water to a boil but leave it to cool down for about ten minutes before brewing.
Dandelion tea was recommended for weight loss because it has a diuretic effect, decreasing body fluids and cutting down your water weight, but it also contains lots of antioxidants like vitamin A, C, and D, and significant amounts of zinc, iron, magnesium, and potassium hence serving as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory drink.
Dandelion not only increases urine production but also acts as a natural laxative. It helps in digestion by regulating bile production and detoxifying the liver. Vitamin C helps with mineral absorption and decreases inflammation. Drinking dandelion tea before meals, or between meals decreases your appetite.
Dandelion also makes it easier to exercise longer and burn calories. This makes it ideal for those who are on a weight loss diet. It’s the perfect substitute for drinks like coffee, milk or soda that add extra calories. A cup of dandelion tea will only give you 2 calories.
Add dandelion roots or flowers in boiling water and steep for 30 minutes. Strain it and enjoy!
Some downsides to this tea are that it should not be consumed by people who are taking diabetes medicine, blood thinners, and antacids because it can have a negative impact.
Ginger is medicinal and has been used as a very effective natural home remedy. Ginger tea is known for helping in digestion, nausea or upset stomach.
Ginger also has a profound lowering effect on cholesterol levels, that are often attributed to obesity. Ginger tea makes you feel full and works as a natural appetite suppressant, which is the ideal way to lose weight.
Ginger is a thermogenic food because it raises the temperature of your body and helps escalate metabolism, burning more fat than you consume.
Ginger teas are usually available at most grocery stores. You can also make it yourself by steeping a ginger root in boiling water for 10 minutes. Adding honey or lemon will improve flavour and enhance detoxifying effects.
White tea is an ancient Chinese medicine, very useful for losing weight with its medicinal and antioxidant properties. It reduces cholesterol levels, thereby preventing heart disease and thanks to its low caffeine content, it also regulates blood pressure.
White tea accelerates metabolism and burns fat by speeding up the breakdown of existing fat cells and blocking the formation of new ones. Moreover, it is a diuretic and can help in reducing water weight also.
White tea is made from the fresh, young buds and the very young leaves of the same plants of green and black tea. Pour boiling water over 1 tablespoon of white tea leaves and let it steep for 5 minutes for maximum concentration. Strain it into a cup. Do not add excess milk and sugar.
A daily dose of three cups is recommended: one for breakfast, one after lunch, and one before you go to sleep.
Oolong tea falls somewhere between black and green tea as it is partially oxidized.
The polyphenolic compounds found in oolong tea activates certain enzymes that enhance fat oxidation thereby reducing obesity. They also serve as antioxidants and help against inflammation.
Drinking one cup everyday along with some exercise can help you lose weight in no time.
Pu-erh tea is also made from the same plant as oolong, green, and black tea, but after fermentation like oolong tea, it also goes through a process called post-fermentation.
Pu-erh tea has a long history in Chinese tea. It can help you reduce fat and lose weight because of its ability to assist fat burning and shedding pounds while having a deliciously mellow and deeply earthy flavor.
But what is crucial to this tea is the time you are having it in. Consuming Pu-erh tea at wrong times might actually make you gain weight rather than losing. Wait for an hour after a meal and this will be the ideal time to drink it and help your body eliminate unwanted and hard-to-digest fats. Drinking Pu-erh tea half an hour before a meal will deplete fat deposits and can actually increase your appetite.
To prepare this tea, add rapidly boiling water over the tea leaves to cover them. When the leaves rehydrate and open, discard the first water and add more boiling water. Steep for more than two minutes and then enjoy!
Milk thistle tea
Milk thistle tea is commonly known for its benefits to the liver. The main active ingredient in milk thistle tea is silymarin, which is a combination of three flavonoids that are powerful antioxidants. Silymarin protects and repairs liver cells and also reduces inflammation.
Although there is little evidence for its use regarding weight loss, it does reduce blood sugar and can delay hunger and decrease calorie intake, which can ultimately lead to weight loss.
Other foods to add to a detox tea
When preparing detox teas, you can add a couple more ingredients in them to enhance their effects on weight loss and detoxification. Some of these are listed below:
All of these detox teas along with some exercise will help shed your pounds and come back to your original beautiful self in no time.
Byline/About the author: Amanda Bentley has 5 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry and currently works as a Content writer at Qavashop (www.qavashop.com). Qavashop.com is an online store for all the "coffee aficionados" located in the GCC. Apart from providing its customers with quality coffee machines and consumables, it also provides them with skilled, knowledgeable advice on how to make their own restaurant quality espresso at home.