Herbal Detox Basics

Tea Cleanse and Weight Loss, Detoxification and Digestion

How does tea help with weight loss?

detoxTea is a bush that mostly grows in Asia. Its scientific name is Carmellia Sinensis and it’s been used for many centuries as the main ingredient in a delicious, refreshing, hot brew. Tea has many uses but one of the most sought after use is its ability to help in weight loss. Tea has the capacity to cut down on the fat cells in your body. It contains caffeine and EGCG, which help in improving metabolism. This elevated metabolism helps in digesting food faster and eliminates the build-up of fat. Amongst all the teas, green tea is the most preferred one to assist in weight loss.

What are the toxins?
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here can be many toxins in our bodies. Some of the most common ones include methane, carbon monoxide, metals like zinc, mercury and chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine etc. These toxins can be quite poisonous and need to be eliminated from our bodies. They can tamper with our organs and cause our bodies to function at a slower pace. They can also confuse our bodies and cause it to produce unfortunate side effects. These problems can exist in babies as well and is not something that is limited to adults. In fact, babies will potentially suffer more as their bodies will be less able to combat and eliminate these toxins and pollutants.

Where do they exist?

These toxins generally exist inside our bodies. They mostly attack organs such as kidney, liver, gut and intestines. They will interfere with the normal functioning of these organs and cause them to dysfunction. There will always be a natural line of defense but, given the stressful lives that we lead, it will not always be possible for our bodies to eliminate these harmful toxins as easily as we might expect. They can also seep into our blood stream and end up affecting most of the organs inside our bodies. They can also adversely affect our colon to a large extent.

How do they originate?

There are four main media through which these toxins can gain access to our bodies:

Air: Air can contain a lot of chemicals that result from pollution. From methane to carbon monoxide, vehicles emit all types of toxins, and these are absorbed into our bodies through the air that we breathe. Apart from vehicle emissions, air quality is also adversely effected by factory emissions. If you are a smoker, then the number of harmful chemicals in your body will be even higher and they can spread throughout the body.

Water: Water is heavily laced with chemicals and that is no secret. From ammonia to chlorine to bleach, there are many chemicals that are toxic for our bodies. There are also some antigens that can be present which can cause stomach upsets, liver and gut issues etc. Some factories deliberately dump their toxic chemical waste directly into the rivers that supply water to our homes.

Food: It’s a scary fact that most of the processed foods we consume are laden with dangerous chemicals. They are full of artificial preservatives, colors, flavorings and substances that can cause seriously harm our bodies. These toxins are also capable of altering our hormones and our genes, causing them to malfunction, triggering life-threatening diseases .

Environment: The environment can also end up releasing lots of toxins that can get absorbed by our bodies. There are chemicals that get released from the cleansing products that we use. Mercury is also predominantly present in the air, it’s in the amalgam fillings in our teeth, in the fish we consume that and it is highly toxic for our bodies.

Why they should be cleansed from our bodies?

These chemicals should be eliminated from our bodies in order to maintain basic health. Although most of them are eliminated through sweat, urine and feces, some of these chemicals are more difficult to dislodge. It is important to help the body as much as possible in eliminating these toxins. The best way to do this is by consuming cleansing drinks on a regular basis. These teas will have the capacity to flush out the toxins and restore your body to optimal functioning.

How do we flush out the toxins?

As we mentioned earlier, the best way to clean them out is by consuming herbal and Ayurvedic teas. The ingredients present in these teas will help in eliminating the toxins from the body. The teas will also aid in improving immunity, which will help the body in its natural fight to eliminate all the toxins. We will look at some of the best detoxifying tea recipes later in this book.

Cleansing kidney

The kidney is one of the main organs in our body. It is like a sponge that absorbs all the toxins and eliminates them through our rectus. So, it is important for us to keep our kidneys clean. Herbs such as celery root and hydrangea can help a great deal in keeping the kidneys healthy and functioning optimally throughout our lives. Dandelion and parsley can also be used for the same purpose but it is important to distil the tea properly before consumption.

Cleansing gut

The gut is an organ that assists the liver in the essential process of cleansing our bodies. If there is a complex compound that the liver is unable to process then it will promptly send it to the gut. However, thanks to the consumption of processed and junk foods, our gut might not functioning optimally and a condition called gut rupture can result. It is important to prevent this condition and strengthen our gut. The best way to do this is by consuming a tea made from watermelon seeds and marigold flowers. These can be steeped in green tea, strained and consumed. Regular consumption will ensure that your body is fit enough to combat any of the chemical pollutants that might be absorbed during the course of a normal day’s exposure to environmental toxins.

Cleansing liver

The liver is an organ that helps in breaking down the compounds in food. It is given the role of eliminating toxins from food and distributing the essential nutrients to the rest of the body. The liver also provides a line of defense known as Kupffer cells and these assist in absorbing free radicles and also disposing of antigens. The best herb to cleanse the liver is mint as it helps in strengthening the cells. You can prepare a tea by using the leaves and then consume it every day.

Cleansing stomach

Our stomach can become a storehouse for toxins and it is important for us to cleanse it from time to time. Consuming black tea on a regular basis helps in relieving flatulence and keeping your stomach lining intact.

Cleansing colon

Our colon is where all the remaining toxins from our bodies are eliminated. Lemon juice is an effective ingredient that you can use to cleanse your colon. The juice can be added to any of your teas and consumed regularly. Green tea is also extremely effective in cleansing your colon and will aid in keeping the cells free from cancer.

Types of Teas and Herbs Used

When it comes to tea, there are many varieties that are available. In this chapter, we will look at the different varieties of teas and also some of the natural ingredients that are used to in combination with these teas.

Regular tea

Regular tea leaves are better known as Camellia Sinensis. Predominantly grown in the eastern region of India, this tea is said to be extremely rich in anti oxidants. A majority of Indians brew a tea made using these leaves that are boiled in water along with spices and then mixed with milk. This tea is said to help ward off regular ailments like coughs and colds and will also help boost immunity. You can easily buy this type of tea at a store or also find it online. You must look for the variety that offers a combination of small and long leaves. The same tea is interpreted in different ways in other Asian countries. The Chinese make use of thickened condensed milk for their tea and people in the Middle East prefer to make use of a metal tea-ball that is immersed in boiling water to flavor the tea.

Black tea

Black tea is a traditional Chinese preparation and uses the tea-leaves known as Camellia Sinensis. It comes from the same bush as regular tea. It goes through a different process, which lends it a distinctive black, charred tinge and also imparts a different taste. There are many varieties of black tea including Assam tea, Darjeeling tea, Nepal tea etc. These are prepared by steeping the tea leaves in hot water for a long time or until they release a deep black colour. Nothing else is added to the tea and it is consumed as it is. Those who have learned to appreciate this noble brew will swear by its flavor and often claim it as their favorite beverage.

Green tea

Green tea is one of the most widely consumed tea in the world and has rightly gained in popularity as more and more people have become aware of its natural goodness. Green tea is full of anti-oxidants known as catechins. These catechins work wonders on the stomach and also aid in increasing immunity. Green tea is also extremely effective in helping the body to lose weight. It cuts down on the fat cells in the body and makes for a great diet supplement. In fact many people consume green tea along with every meal as it helps in breaking down the foods that are consumed.

Kombucha

Kombucha (better known as Kombu) is a type of fermented black tea that is known to benefit the liver. As you may know, the liver is responsible for producing an important bodily fluid known as bile and it is important to keep it in the healthiest possible condition. You can do so by consuming Kombucha tea on a regular basis. People also add a little to their food in order to pre-digest it and then consume the food, as it will be more easily processed. However, you must exercise caution when using it and consume it only in the recommended dosages.

Flowering tea

Flowering tea refers to the leaves and the flowers that are tied together and used to prepare tea. This type of tea is quite mild and imparts a wonderful floral flavor. It is important to avoid boiling these teas too much. It’s better to allow them to remain in water for only a few minutes before serving. It is a traditional Chinese technique of consuming tea and is generally enjoyed in the mornings. There are many variations of this tea and although most people consume it sweet, some people add in a little salt to their flowering tea to balance out the flavours.

Peppermint

Peppermint is a versatile herb that has many purposes. From treating colds and coughs, conjuring up a brew using green tea and peppermint leaves helps to promote swift recovery from these ailments. Peppermint is also used to avail relief from stomach problems such as gas, bloating and general discomfort. It helps provides instant relief from irritable bowel syndrome. Those women who experience pain during the menstrual cycle can also make use of this herb in order to experience instant relief. It also helps in reducing acidity and improves digestion.

Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the other popular ingredients that are most commonly used in brewing teas. It is a flower that is rich in a very helpful chemical, which encourages sleep. Many people use it as a sleeping aid. It has chemicals that help in inhibiting stress and also help in curbing anxiety. Chamomile helps in reducing flatulence and provides instant relief from gas. If you are having a mild headache or migraine then try sipping some chamomile tea for relief.

Dandelion

Dandelion leaf and flower are also used to brew teas. They help in improving digestion and are also used to treat a mild case of diarrhea. That makes it a great ingredient to carry outdoors as well to quickly remedy an upset stomach. Dandelion has a mild fragrance and a milder taste. It has the texture of a fibrous flower and is usually dried and ground for ease of preparation.

Ginger

Ginger is one of the most commonly used ingredients in Asia and is generously added to Chai. Ginger is a root vegetable that is rich in many vitamins and is said to be an extremely healthy ingredient to consume. It is used as medicine as well. It helps in digestion and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the stomach. It also assists in releasing unnecessary toxins from the skins and helps to add a healthy glow to the complexion. Ginger has a very sharp taste that can seem a bit strong for first time consumers. But its sharp taste is what makes it an effective medicinal ingredient and can intensify the flavour of the tea. Ginger provides instant relief from sore throat and coughs.

Mint

herbalMint leaves cool the body down and are a firm favorite in herbal concoctions on account of their sweet taste. They can be added to pretty much any kind of tea and they will certainly enhance the flavor.

Lemon

Lemon can be used to flavor tea. From green tea to black tea, lemon is used to enhance the flavour and also add a range of nutritional benefits. As revealed by the Harvard School of Public health, a little lemon added to tea helps in increasing immunity and also strengthens teeth and bones. It fights away free radicles and ensures that your body remains stronger for longer. It is also a powerful ingredient that helps in controlling the level of sugar in your body and can aid in curbing the onset of diabetes.

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