Dr Oz: Healthy Way To Teatox
One of the most popular segments of the show so far in 2016 was Dr Oz’s investigation into teatoxes. He wanted to share an update on the expensive, prepackaged drink trend that seems to continually rise in popularity. He wanted to help his viewers get the benefits of tea, without getting scammed. Teatoxing was made popular by A-list celebrities who claimed it helped them lose weight. But the prepackaged cleanses were $40-90 for a 14-28 day cleanse. Not to mention many brands don’t even list their ingredients. The long-term effects of teatoxing can often be harmful.
So how do you reap the benefits of teatoxing without going broke or putting your health at risk? Dr Oz’s medical team searched for the most helpful teas and herbs with the cleanse benefits you want, at a price you can afford. Three viewers then tested the new teatox to see how it would work for them.
Dr Oz: Detox Dandelion Root Tea
Those promoted teatoxes claim to detoxify your body and improve your skin, curb cravings, boost your metabolism, and even de-bloat and alleviate constipation.
If you’re looking for a way to detoxify your body, you should look for dandelion leaf or dandelion root tea, which work directly on the liver to help with skin, digestion, and blood pressure. If the taste is too bitter for you, add a squeeze of lemon or fresh juice.
Dr Oz: Tea To Curb Cravings & Boost Metabolism
To curb cravings, try licorice root tea. Licorice root tea actually helps your adrenal glands work better. The stress hormone, when triggered, can lead to cravings, and the licorice stabilizes cortisol. If you add a cinnamon stick it can help even more. To boost your metabolism, reach for oolong tea. It comes from the same leaf as black and green tea and contains a small amount of caffeine, but has been proven to give the metabolism a slight boost.
If you want to follow a teatox, the best way to find success without sacrificing your health, is to combine eight cups of tea with fruits and veggies for a short period of time, no longer than about seven days.
Dr Oz: Fight Bloating + Is Senna Leaf Safe?
If you’re hoping to de-bloat, reach for milk thistle tea. Bloating is often caused by underlying constipation. Milk thistle helps the liver function, as well as the gallbladder and kidneys. You can drink three cups a day to reap the benefits.
A common ingredient mentioned in pre-packaged teatoxes is senna leaf tea. Senna leaf is an ancient constipation cure that is FDA-approved as a laxative. Senna leaf is packaged as a tea and it works by flushing water into the intestine and causes contractions of the intestine. It’s not recommended for daily consumption, and should only be used twice a week or else the intestines could become dependent on the senna. As for weight loss, it’s also not recommended because it can damage the bowels. For constipation, it could provide relief.