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How to use detox teas? That question has probably crossed your mind when you learned that teas can be a big help to detoxify the body. You may have even seen that 14 days and 18-day detox teas in stores.
Benefits of Detox Teas
- Rehydrates the body
- Helps burn fat
- Help prevent neurological and degenerative diseases
- Helps prevent diabetes, arthritis, and certain cancers
- Improves immunity
Don’t Buy Detox Teas
Wait. What? Don’t buy detox teas? I thought this guide was about using detox teas. Well, yes, this guide is about how to use detox teas, but not the 14-day or the 18-day over the counter teas.
I wouldn’t recommend them.
Here’s a fact: it takes a minimum of 3 weeks before your body gets accustomed to new diets. That includes adding tea to your diet or any other dietary changes that you may want to try.
That is the acclimatization period that your body requires. We actually recommend the full 4 weeks for your body to get the most out of any tea.
So, if you want to use those 14- or 18-day detox teas, then fine. They can be a more convenient option anyway. But make sure that you get at least 2 packs because you need an entire 4 weeks of detox to really see the effects.
I actually recommend that you make your own tea blend. I’ll even throw in a few recommendations below.
How Do You Use Detox Teas
There are actually 2 phases in the tea detox process. The first phase is done in the morning and the second one is done at night. The morning tea detox is the refresh phase while the night time one is called cleans phase. I’ll explain the details of how these two phases work later.
So, which one do you do first? It’s all up to you. However, if it was up to me, I’d start with phase 2 first so that you can get a total to cleanse as you sleep. And that will be followed by a refresh in the morning.
Does Detox Tea Work?
How Much Tea Should I Drink?
You should drink at least one cup of tea in the morning session and again at least one cup of tea at night before going to bed. However, the truth is that you can drink detox tea all day. It doesn’t contain any caffeine, which means it won’t interfere with your sleep.
The next question is how long do you infuse the tea? Well, it depends on the container where you will put your tea.
- 1 Liter Bottle – overnight if using cold water. 20 minutes if warm water.
- 1 Teapot Full – 10 minutes
- 1 Cup – 6 minutes of infusion only
TIP: Detox tea won’t work even if you drink tea all day if you’re still on an unhealthy diet. Don’t expect to get a cleanse if you still keep adding more junk by eating unhealthy food.
Cleanse Phase or Evening Phase
I’d like to begin with a cleanse phase first but if you want to start doing your detox tea regimen in the morning then go ahead. The important thing is that you do it.
Another important detail is the type of tea leaves that you use. You can use pretty much any recipe you would like to use as long as they taste great and they give you all the detoxifying nutrients that you need.
I also recommend that you add some senna leaf for that laxative effect. Senna is a natural laxative that is approved by the FDA. And since you will want to make your evening tea more flavorful, then you can add any of the following:
- Licorice root
- Nettle leaf
- Dried orange peels
These additional ingredients add flavor and some aromatics to your tea. You can add other ingredients, of course. When you create or choose a recipe make sure that you are adding ingredients that improve the vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and fiber content of your tea. These nutrients play a key part in cleansing your colon.
Refresh Phase or Morning Phase
Again, you don’t have to start with the morning phase or refresh phase if you don’t feel like it. You can do it like I do, starting at night, but if you’re a morning person then start with your morning phase.
This phase i.e. the morning phase is called a “refresh” simply because it is your time to give your body a reboot—a refresh as it were. Your morning detox tea should be the first thing that you take in for every day of your life.
During this phase, your body is dehydrated after at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Expect your body to have lost electrolytes and vitamins due to the cleanse phase.
This is called the refresh phase because you’re giving your body a reboot or refresh of the nutrients that it has lost. Again, the ingredients you choose for your morning tea will also be crucial.
I usually go for either green tea or matcha tea leaves to make my morning tea. You should include ingredients that will serve as a kind of perk me up that will give your mornings a boost.
I suggest that you add any of the following ingredients to your morning tea:
- Ginseng root extract
- Barley grass extract
- Acai berry
I also have a sweet tooth in the morning so I also add some sweeteners to my refresh tea. I recommend adding honey, stevia, or mulberries (or some other berries that you have available.
Typical Daily Schedule
This is how you can go around with your day and get daily detox using tea. This time we start in the morning:
1. Waking up in the morning
Boil some water first thing in the morning. Infuse it with your chosen tea leaves for 6 to 10 minutes depending on how much water you’re boiling. Get your refresh phase done.
2. Throughout the day
Bring your tea with you. You can put it in your thermos or some other container so you can have tea the entire day. I suggest drinking three to six cups of tea throughout the entire day apart from your morning cleanse.
3. At night before bedtime
Boil some water and get your cleanse phase done.
And is how a typical day would look like for me. Now, remember that you should do this at least 4 weeks in order for the body to acclimate to this new diet. Even if you miss your morning or evening dose, keep doing it.
Forgive yourself for missing it and get your tea dose at that moment. The important thing is that you keep going. If you’re looking for the perfect detox for you, check out our list of the 10 best detox teas.