Lately I have been seeing a lot of adverts and promos for detox teas. Lots of Instagram users use them, or at least say they do.
It is quite a marmite topic. Some people seem to swear by them and others say they are rubbish. I thought I’d try them out and give you my feedback.
I decided to buy the BOO TEA UK detox simply because I could get it at my local Holland & Barret and not have to pay postage. It cost me £20 and was a 14 day detox. That gave me 7 ‘colon cleanse’ teas and 14 normal teas.
So, how does it work?
According to Bootea it works by “removing unwanted ‘toxins’ & built up waste matter, from your body via the lungs, kidneys, bowels and skin.”
The ingredients in the teas were:
Chinese Oolong tea, Maté leaves, Ginger root, Fennel seeds, Lemongrass, Dandelion leaf, Ginseng root, Gotu Kola leaves, Nettle leaves.
NOTE: The Daytime Detox does NOT produce a laxative effect (only the Bedtime Cleansewill operate in this manner). The Daytime Tea contains a small amount of caffeine.
Senna leaves, Peppermint leaves, Fenugreek seeds, Liquorice root, Burdock root, Hawthorn leaves, Valerian root, Psyllium seeds.
Every other night (starting on the first night) I had to drink a colon cleanse tea that contained a natural laxative called senna. Then, in theory, upon rising you would feel the urge to go to the bathroom and let the detox tea work its magic. If you know what I mean. Each morning you had to drink the breakfast tea which did not contain any laxatives. Bootea are pretty vague about how the tea works other than flushing out excess water and reducing bloating they prefer to “let the photos speak for themselves” i.e. pictures of girls and the ‘before’ and ‘after tea’ bodies.
How Did I Find It?
I sat down to drink my first nighttime cleanse tea and, after reading that it takes approx. 8 hours to work, I decided to drink the tea late at night, fearing that should I drink it any earlier, my boyfriend and I would wake up in the night and have to change the bed sheets haha.
To my relief I woke up (8 hours later) having had no accidents. Another 3 hours past and no sign of any laxative effect…I was pretty annoyed and decided to head to the gym thinking it hadn’t worked. I only just managed to park my car before having to run to the gym loos. Nice. Throughout the 2 weeks I found that for me, the laxative tea took more like 12 hours to work and I often had to use the bathroom a couple of times before lunch time. After lunch it was plain sailing.
Bootea provides a meal plan on their website and strongly advises that you dont eat meat whilst using their teas. Why? Because meat contains lots of toxins (the kind the tea is trying to flush out). Other than that it’s your standard “eat lots of fruit, veg, wholewheat carbs, lots of water and some fish”. They also encourage you to exercise.
It did encourage me to eat healthy because I paid so much for the tea; I wanted to give it my all.
Weightloss? Zilch. I didnt notice any weight reduction and since I don’t normally get bloated, I didnt notice a lack of bloatedness. If I had lost any weight I would put that down to the fact that I was eating healthily, not the tea.
Wide awake all day? Nope. Despite the fact I don’t drink tea or coffee normally, the caffeine had no effect on me whatsoever.
Surpressed appetite? Nah. Infact, on the few days I didnt drink the tea, I actually felt LESS hungry!
What about taste? The morning tea was fine- not much flavour to it to be honest.
The evening colon cleanse tea was very pepperminty. I personally didn’t like the taste that much but it was still drinkable.
Verdict: Probably a complete waste of time however, everyone’s body is different, yours might react well to it.
If you’re currently not eating very well and not exercising, it could be a great bit of motivation to get you living a more healthy lifestyle.
If you’re already pretty healthy I’d say don’t bother. Save your money!
One quick tip: if you do decide to try it, plan a day where you can experience the colon cleanse at home- I did mine on a weekend where I had no where to be. This allows you to gauge how many hours it takes YOUR body to process the laxative and then you’ll know when the best time to drink it is on days when you may have work. Luckily for me I have a job that allowed me to work around instant toilet breaks but if you have a job that means you can’t run to the loo as soon as you feel your stomach start to cramp, (yes the feeling was quite strong for me during the 2 weeks) then I wouldn’t recommend taking it.
If you have any questions (no matter if they are quite personal for this post) please ask away. I’d be happy to help 🙂
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