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Detox Teas

Legend or Legit?

Organic India's Tulsi Cleanse Tea detoxes the liver and kidneys , balances metabolism and even uplifts mood!

Just as it’s been drilled into us for years, the best way to stave off extra pounds and feel healthy is eating your fruits and veggies and exercising regularly. Boring! In a culture where people can undo anything from marriages to the signs of ageing, there must be an easier solution for those of us eager to ignore the old adages and wolf down that crème brûlée. That’s where detox regimes come into play. What originally was a tradition for yogaphiles now has become a trend for folks feeling a bit crummy about their bodies, whether it’s a few extra pounds or that general "blah" resulting from too many potato chips.

Spas offer detox programs and health food stores sell all sorts of cleansing herbs, but it seems cleansing teas are the easiest detox method to adopt. We tried four of these teas claiming to clean out your organs and leave you feeling healthy: Yogi Tea’s "Peach DeTox," Traditional Medicinal’ "EveryDay Detox," The Republic of Tea’s "get clean" tea and Organic India's "Tulsi Cleanse." But the big question remains: do these teas really work? A hot mug did make us feel different — some of us felt thinner, even "cleaner," while others complained of stomach upset. Most detox tea brands suggest drinking one cup each day as part of a cleansing program, so perhaps the true effect was lost on us. In general, cleansing teas are add-ons to detox regimens — not diet aids alone — so if you're drinking the tea while exercising and following a healthy diet, of course, you’ll feel better.

There may be some truth to what these teas claim, as many of their main ingredients are known — to folk practices if not to modern medicine — as aids to our digestive and filtering organs. Ingredients include ginger, milk thistle, licorice, rooibos, black pepper and dandelion. A compound in milk thistle, found in The Republic of Tea’s detox blend, helps to protect the liver from harmful substances, preventing toxins from penetrating the interior of the liver cells. Dandelion, found in Yogi Tea’s Peach DeTox, supposedly has value as a diuretic while cinnamon, found in the same tea, helps alleviate urinary problems and improves digestion. EveryDay Detox by Traditional Medicinals contains licorice root, which treats stomach ulcers and protects the liver. The bitter and medicial-tasting Tulsi Cleanse supports and detoxes the liver and kidneys via Tulsi (holy basil), ginger, turmeric and a number of other plants.

Our opinion? If they work for you detox fans and yoga lovers — great. Make sure to read the standard diet-aid warnings, and happy sipping. But personally, eating a juicy apple and going for a brisk walk works just fine.

by Laurie Hartzell

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(Updated: 02/15/13 SG)


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