Dr Oz: Tea Tox Decoder
Teatoxes are promoted by celebrities all over social media with claims that they can help you shed weight quickly, but how do you know which are safe? Fortunately, Dr Oz broke it all down for us to reveal which Tea Detoxes work best for weight loss, detoxing, and glowing skin. Dr Oz turned to naturopathic Dr Pina LoGiudice author of “The Little Book of Healthy Beauty,” to help him take a closer look at each Tea-Tox.
Dr Oz: Tea Flush Detox
But first, Dr Oz explained that while he wanted to look at specific brands, he took the labels off each tea so that his image couldn’t be used illegally to promote the products. As Dr Pina pointed out, celebrities are endorsing these products and claiming they can reboot your body, detoxify, reset, slim you down, lower cholesterol, and even lower heart disease.
Those are certainly bold claims, so what’s the real deal? At $55 a month for two cups a day worth of tea, you better hope it actually works! But lets see what Dr. Oz found on the next page…
Dr Oz: Are Tea-Toxes Safe?
Claims of a “quick fix” tend to be enough of a reason to question a product. Dr Pina first addressed that the teatoxes are combinations of ingredients that may not be exactly clear to the customer. Companies that make these teas make all sorts of claims about their products, but don’t explain exactly how or why they work. Everyone should know that most commonly, the teas work as a detox through the use of laxatives. Laxatives, even when natural, can be harmful to your health.
Dr Oz: Do Tea Flushes Work?
The main ingredient in many teatoxes is an herb called Senna. On its own, Senna is FDA approved for constipation and Dr Pina uses it in her practice. But the problem is the teatoxes are 14-day or 28-day programs and Senna shouldn’t typically be used for any longer than two weeks.
Dr Oz: Senna Detox
Dr Oz agreed that he wasn’t a fan of not knowing exactly what’s in a product he’s using and certainly didn’t approve of the high cost. He also pointed out that the main benefit is coming from tea, so why not just buy the teas you want so you know exactly what you’re getting, while saving money. Fortunately, he shared specifically which teas work for which problems. You have to read the Tea Flush Decoder on the next page…
Dr Oz: Mint Tea Curbs Cravings
If you were considering a teatox as a way to fight cravings, try mint tea instead. Mint aroma alone can help curb cravings and help you eat less. It was found that those who used mint instead of eating ate 1,800 calories less than other people. Dr Pina recommends using fresh leaves in hot water or mint tea bags after lunch and before bed.
A lot of people may confuse thirst with hunger so if you’re experiencing a craving, try drinking something first and wait 15 minutes to see if that feeling subsides. Next, what tea should you drink if you want to boost your metabolism?
Dr Oz: Green Tea Boosts Metabolism
If you frequently watch The Dr Oz Show, you’re no stranger to green tea. Dr Oz has long touted the benefits of green tea, but for this segment, he agreed with Dr Pina who claims green tea works best for those wanting to boost their metabolism. Green tea contains catechins which has been shown to boost the metabolism. In a study where participants drank green tea for 12 weeks before they exercised without changing their diet, those participants lost significantly more weight than those who didn’t drink the tea. Dr Pina recommended sipping on green tea throughout the day to reap the benefits.
For those wanting to lose weight…
Dr Oz: Oolong Tea Increases Weight Loss
The cousin to green tea is oolong tea which Dr Pina believes is the best tea for weight loss. Oolong tea contains the highest amount of polyphenols and contains a powerful combination of caffeine and an antioxidant that inhibits fat absorption into the body and promotes weight loss.
Dr Pina recommended drinking two cups of oolong tea per day for weight loss.
What’s Better For You Loose-Leaf Tea VS Tea Bags?
Rhenotha was taking questions from social media users about teatoxes, hoping Dr Oz and Dr Pina could provide some answers. First, one user wanted to know if loose-leaf tea or tea bags were better for a teatox. Dr Pina argued that loose-leaf is hands-down the better option because you’re getting the full plant instead of the “dust.” You can purchase the higher quality tea at health food stores or specialty tea shops.
Dr Oz: How To Make Loose-Leaf Tea
When infusing your water with loose-leaf tea, add two teaspoons to an infuser then add to a cup of tea. Most people don’t realize that loose-leaf is actually around the same price as tea bags because you can continue to use the same leaves for a while, just add more water. The longer you use the same leaves, the more antioxidants you’re getting out of it.
What are your favorite teas? Have you tried loose-leaf tea?