Don’t you feel like getting warm with hot drinks in winter? When do you feel like drinking something?
After drinking alcohol, when eating too much, when tired or frustrated…your body asks for a cup of drink. If you feel so, let’s refresh by drinking detox teas which have relaxing and detoxification effects.
Detox is a way to wash away toxins from body, and effective for beautiful skin, get rid of constipation, and maintain health. It is said that “good medicine tastes bitter”, but detox can be delicious and effective at the same time.
Let’s take a look at what kind of detox teas are there.
Relax and detoxify with 7 recommended detox teas
Rooibos tea is known to be effective for relieving allergic symptoms such as hay fever, rhinitis and atopic dermatitis. Antioxidant effect is what we want to note with this tea.
Active oxygen, one of the causes of aging, fights against virus and germs which enter our body, but excess active oxygen also attacks healthy cells of our body. One of the functions of enzymes is to remove this excess active oxygen. When too much enzymes are used to remove active oxygen, our body will lack enzymes for cell metabolism, which leads to aging.
Which means, by drinking rooibos tea, we can supply enzymes, metabolism improves, and can expect detoxification effect.
Rooibos tea contains necessary minerals to maintain our body healthy, such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and manganese.
Also it is caffeine-free and contains “monoamine oxidase” which stabilizes emotions. You can expect to sleep well by drinking it before going to bed.
You may wonder how it tastes like. It has unique scent like mint tea. You might find it a little bitter, if you follow the instruction on a package. You can lessen bitterness and enjoy it by making it with shorter time, or adding spices like ground ginger.
It is famous for its diet effect. The main component of this tea, gymnemic acid, prevents absorption of sugar in intestines. This effect of “preventing sugar absorption” is related to detoxification.
Beneficial bacteria such as Bifidobacteria in intestines increase by using sugar as nutrient. Beneficial bacteria increased by sugar destroy villain bacteria, and bowel movement is activated and constipation is resolved. It results in activation of metabolism, which leads to detoxification and improvement of immunity.
Gymnema tea is bitter, so it is often mixed with other teas. Manufacturers suggest that “it is effective to drink when eating”, but gymnema tea also has a characteristic of “preventing a sense of sweetness”. Therefore, it might prevent you from enjoying food if you drink it before eating or with meal. It is recommended to drink before eating to prevent appetite, and drink soon after eating if you want to enjoy eating. It also suppressed absorption of iron, so be careful if you suffer anemia.
It is a tea made from native leguminous (beans) plant in South Africa, and well known herb tea like rooibos tea. It is not as popular as rooibos in Japan, but its effect is said to be greater than rooibos. Flavor and taste is similar to rooibos as well, but it has sweet taste and scent like honey.
Interesting components of this tea are isoflavone, flavone, and xanthone.
Isoflavone is known to be contained in soybeans and has good effect especially for women, such as to control menstrual cycle or to prevent osteoporosis. Flavone relieves inflammation and has diuretic effect. Xanthone has antioxidant effect, anti-virus effect, as well as casts off toxins from kidney.
Honeybush tea is grown only limited amount, and therefore very rare. Because of its natural sweetness and rich scent, it is often blended with rooibos tea or other herb teas. It is often contained in blended detox teas, so please pay attention to their ingredients as well.
-Sword bean tea
Sword bean has been used in medical cooking or in Chinese herbal remedy in old times. Special components of sword bean tea are canavanine, concanavaline A, and urease.
Canavanine has great drainage and anti-inflammatory effects, purifying effect of blood and body fluid, and promotes blood circulation. Concanavaline A regulates immunity. Urease is an enzyme that degrades urea to ammonia and carbon dioxide, and maintains the function of kidneys.
We would especially focus on drainage and anti-inflammatory effect of canavanine. This component improves inflammation and bleeding of gum, prevents growth of germs, prevents gum disease, and improves oral conditions. You might wonder about the relation between oral condition and detoxification. If germs increase in our mouth, they not only cause strong bad smell but their inflammatory components also cause lifestyle diseases. They can result in weakening of immune system or blood vessel impairment.
Drainage, anti-inflammatory, purification of blood and body fluid, promotion of blood circulation, and maintaining the function of kidney are exactly the detoxification processes to excrete waste from body.
Many people drinking sword bean tea are experiencing improvement of blood circulation or coldness of the body get better.
Sword bean tea have spicy scent and sweet taste like roasted beans. It is often blended with tear grass tea and roasted green tea. If you don’t like the flavor of beans, it will be much easier to drink it cold.
Rosehip tea contains many components such as vitamin C, carotene (beta-carotene, alpha-carotene), calcium, lycopene, iron, vitamin A, dietary fiber, protein, sodium, vitamin B, manganese, pectin, and so on. It is especially rich in vitamin C, that it is called “vitamin C bombs”. Vitamin C is generally believed to be weak against heat, but vitamin C of rosehip is protected by vitamin P that they are difficult to be broken down in boiled water.
Dietary fiber increases beneficial bacteria in intestines and resolves constipation. Vitamin C and E relieve imbalance of hormones caused with stress and irregular hours. They also prevent increase of melanin pigment which causes spots and freckles, and help synthesis of collagen to help skin restoration. We want to drink rosehip tea especially from the beginning of summer to the beginning of autumn, when UV rays are especially strong.
In addition, rosehip contains surprising amount of nutrients; 9 times more calcium than milk, 2 times more iron than spinach, 20 times more beta-carotene than tomato, and more lycopene than tomato. These nutrients help functions of enzymes and insist metabolism, and improve immune system.
Rosehip tea itself is mild and a bit sour, and it is often blended with herbs with sour taste such as hibiscus. If you are not good at sour taste, it is recommended to add honey to make it milder. Also, adding a slice of lemon will change the taste.
-Juniper berry tea
Juniper berry is used to add scent to gin and other liquors, or used to meat to keep it or to remove odors. Essential oil for aromatherapy is extracted from this berry. Its scent is like wood such as Japanese cypress, and you can expect to relax and improve concentration.
A tea made from Juniper berry has detoxification effect such as perspiration function and diuretic effect. It is used as a medicine for liver and kidney from old times. Its effect can be expected to improve swelling and hangover as well.
However, if you drink it over a long period of time, it might cause inflammation of kidney, so drink it for a short time when you want to have some effect of it. Please refrain from drinking it if you are pregnant or have kidney disorder.
As you can tell from it’s name, it’s a tea made from dandelion. It has a flavor like roasted green tea. It is also known as “dandelion coffee” among people in pregnancy.
It helps functions of liver and kidney. By supporting to excrete waste and toxin from the body, metabolism improves as well.
In oriental medicine, anger and stress are also said to be processed in organs which are related to detoxification. Therefore, you can expect to remove frustration and anger, and feel more relaxed with dandelion tea.
We have been talking about teas with relaxing and detoxification effects.
They are not medicines, so you won’t feel the effect immediately. However, you will gradually feel the difference as you keep drinking them. Even though they are not medicines, some of them contain medicinal components, so be careful with your health when drinking them.
Relax and detoxify with 7 recommended detox teas
-Sword bean tea
-Juniper berry tea