Detox teas are often sold as a way to flush out toxins and promote rapid weight loss. While there is no magic bullet to “detox” our body, we can support the body’s own process of detoxification with the time-honored tradition of drinking tea made from medicinal herbs.
Medicinal herbs help to protect our liver—the body’s main organ for detoxification—reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage, boost our immune system and provide antioxidants that support the body’s natural cleansing processes.
Try adding these herbal teas into your diet and you will be helping your body to detox on a daily basis.
Chamomile tea was highly valued in ancient Egypt and it has a long tradition of use by healers thanks to its calming and soothing properties. Chamomile can help the body to eliminate toxins by soothing and calming the digestive and nervous systems.
High in antioxidants, chamomile tea helps to protect your cells from oxidative stress and helps to fight and reduce inflammation. The powerful anti-inflammatory action of this medicinal herb also boosts your immune system and prevents infection.
Specifically, studies show that the phytochemicals present in chamomile protect liver cells from damage and greatly support liver detoxification.
Peppermint is well-known for its ability to relieve bloating, soothe indigestion and calm the stomach muscles. Peppermint tea supports the body’s detoxification process by improving bile flow— bile helps the body to digest fats and flush out toxins — and as a general digestive aid that promotes smooth digestion and elimination (many toxins are eliminated via the bowel).
The compounds in peppermint have been shown to be antimicrobial and antibacterial inhibiting the growth of fungus and bacterial infections. Peppermint also contains potent antioxidants that reduce free radical damage and protect liver cells.
Dandelion root has a long history of use by herbalists as a tonic for the liver; it helps to stimulate digestion, soothe the gastrointestinal tract and regulate the liver. The compounds in dandelion root increase the flow of bile and support the liver, helping to eliminate toxins. Dandelion is also an excellent source of choline, a B-vitamin that helps prevent fatty liver disease.
Dandelion leaf can also be used to make a tea that acts as a natural diuretic, supporting the kidneys and helping to prevent urinary tract infections. Dandelion leaves are high in potassium and aid in the excretion of excess fluid whilst replenishing lost electrolytes immediately and maintaining electrolyte balance.
Milk thistle tea
The milk thistle plant is high in antioxidants and the active ingredient, sylmarin, is a particularly powerful antioxidant responsible for protecting and repairing liver cells. Sylmarin is a combination of three flavonoids — silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin. Milk thistle extract helps to boost the body’s production of glutathione—the body’s master antioxidant and a key player in protecting the liver. The antioxidant sylmarin also aids in repairing damaged liver cells and reducing overall inflammation.
Milk thistle is not soluble in water therefore it is recommended to use a liquid extract to make a tea— liquid extracts are made of 70 to 80 percent silymarin. Tinctures and dried-herb capsules can also be mixed in hot water to make a tea.
Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years as a digestive aid and to help soothe pain and reduce inflammation. By stimulating digestion and circulation, ginger is able to support the body’s cleansing process of eliminating toxins and preventing further build-up of waste. The active ingredient in ginger, gingerol, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and potent antioxidant. It is very effective at soothing the digestive tract and promoting the proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
Ginger helps to increase blood flow, support the lymphatic system and boost the immune system by fighting bacteria. Ginger acts as an excellent general support for your body’s own detoxification process.
Supercharge your health and prevent disease by adding these detox teas into your daily routine. You can rotate the teas according to your taste or specific needs. Whichever tea you choose to drink, you will be helping your body to detoxify on a daily basis—the key to good health.