I’ve been suffering from some indigestion and bloating in the past few months. Yes, I admit that I’ve been eating rich foods and a bit too much dairy products (I think I’ve developed lactose intolerance in my adulthood) and this bloating has been incredibly uncomfortable.
I am trying to control my diet bit by bit and adjust to better, cleaner choices, but I still find it extremely difficult to avoid processed food or milk. This bloating coupled with water retention has resulted in my large round belly. I noticed it’s not really just fats because it comes and goes.
I’ve been looking for a solution to ease the bloating without totally cutting out the source of the problem from my diet and I chanced upon this recent wellness “craze” that’s buzzing on Instagram – the legendary “teatox”.
What is a teatox?
It’s a tea detox. Most fans of these tea detox programmes have a favourite blend that helps with cleansing of the digestive tract and detoxifying of the body. Apparently, most of these teatoxes can help increase your energy levels (without caffeine) and even help with getting rid of excessive weight as well. Sounds a bit too good to be true? I did my research, and the number of happy customers raving about it on social media is insane. I’m a real big skeptic of “diet teas” but this TEAtox concept seemed to stack up logically, so I went to find out more.
Coincidentally, as I was researching on which teatox I wanted to try, I was also contacted by Yourtea.com to do a review of one of their best-selling herbal tea blends, the Tiny Tea 14 Day TEAtox. (I guess this must be the law of attraction working it’s magic? I can’t complain!)
The Tiny Tea 14 Day TEAtox works like this. You take one bag of tea, steep it in boiling water for around 5 to 7 minutes before consuming it approximately 30 minutes before or after a meal (your choice). Depending on whether you have breakfast, you may take it twice or thrice daily. It can be taken for up to 56 days consecutively before it is recommended you stop taking it for two weeks for the body to fall into its natural rhythm and then you’re good to continue taking it again.
Each Tiny Tea 14 Day TEAtox comes in a box with 42 tea bags and retails online on Yourtea.com for $35.
How Does it Work?
Indigestion and toxin build-up in the body are major culprits for many ailments like bad skin, sluggishness, bloating and weight gain. After all, these problems mentioned are all symptoms of something that is not going right inside of our bodies. The folks of Yourtea.com believe that a healthy body that has the nourishment it needs will naturally function well.
Indigestion is such a common problem now because of our fast paced city lifestyle. Being anxious about work or depressed about our relationships for instance can be cause for it. Excessive alcohol consumption (bottle popping anyone?) or use of drugs like aspirin when we are ill or have headaches, are also possible contributors to indigestion.
By drinking herbal tea blends like Tiny Tea 14 Day TEAtox, the ingredients work to clear up your digestive system and this in turn encourages blood production resulting in higher energy levels, improves digestion which helps reduce instances of bloating and reduce surplus weight and it removes the toxins and creates balance in the body that helps with clearing the skin.
How is it Different From Other Tea Detoxes?
Unlike other tea detoxes, Tiny Tea DOES NOT contain laxatives to “flush out” toxins. So you don’t have to make multiple trips to the restroom during the day (and maybe night).
If you’d like to find out why Tiny Tea doesn’t contain laxatives and how laxatives may not be the best way to achieve any weight loss, you might want to read this informative article on the Yourtea.com blog.
Tiny Tea was developed with TCM principles in mind and it is made with a mix of Chinese herbs by a team of Chinese Medicine practitioners.
The ingredients in each blend are Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant), Fructus Hordei Geminatus 麦芽 (Germinated Barley), Cratigus Pinnatifida 山楂 (Chinese Hawthorn), Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae 陈皮 (Tangerine Peel), Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn 荷葉 (Lotus Leaf) and Semen Phaseoli 赤小豆 (Aduki Bean).
The right dosage of each herb is included in each blend per tea bag and drinking this particular 14 Day TEAtox blend can help with drying phlegm, reducing waste, increasing blood quality, reducing food stagnation in the body through nourishing the digestive system.
The teas are beautifully packed in a box and each teabag comes in a pink paper wrap. Even the tea bags are exquisitely made. You’ll also find a little note on the box that gives you a warm “welcome” of sorts into your tea drinking TEAtox journey which was a really nice touch too.
I found the packaging very attractive and it definitely helped in building up the excitement of going on this TEAtox programme for the next 14 days. Time will tell if I’ll be disciplined enough to complete this TEAtox in 14 consecutive days.
Since I’ll need to take it at least 30 minutes before a meal or after, I suppose a little bit of planning ahead with regard to my meal times has to happen or I’ll risk falling off the routine and end up not finishing the TEAtox. (NO! THIS CAN’T HAPPEN!)
One thing I was really worried about was the taste of the Tiny Tea blend. I watched review videos and read so many blog reviews and there was a split in terms of feedback on the fragrance and taste. Some felt that it was light and refreshing while others felt that it had a very strong after taste.
When I first opened the box, I found the aroma of the tea blend quite intense with a bit of bitterness. Looking at the ingredients list, I was also crossing my fingers that the “Chinese herbal taste” would not be off-putting.
I have consumed two cups of the tea so far and it is even lighter than traditional Chinese tea varieties like Pu-Erh or Oolong tea. Some people may not like the”grassy, herbal” taste, but I really thought it was quite easy to drink and could drink it very quickly if I wanted or sip it slowly if it pleased me.
I’ll update on the effects of the TEAtox after I complete it. Meanwhile, if you’re keen to purchase your own TEAtox, there’s a 14 or 28 Day TEAtox available along with some other interesting tea blends from Yourtea.com (view the Tea Shop here).
Read my update of my experience with the Tiny Tea TEAtox here.