Steepin’ with My Yogis: Spring Teatox
I’m sure most of you guys have all recently heard about “teatoxing”. Chances are, if you’re following any of the big beauty and health conscious celebrities, you probably have. Vanessa Hudgen’s does it, Gwyneth Paltrow does it, heck even all the Jenner’s and Kardashian’s are doing it! Tea Detoxing seems to be a huge trend right now for just about everyone, especially with summer just around the corner and people worrying about the more revealing wardrobe outfit options they have to keep cool in the summer sun. But what in the heck is it, and what can it actually do for us yogi’s?
Well the first real question is, why would one want to detox with tea? In essence, detoxing is a great idea for anyone who feels as though they need a reset button for their digestion, anyone who has had a bit of excess in their diet over the holiday months, or even just someone looking to clean out their system while supplying the body with wholesome plant nutrients. Traditional detoxes used to be QUITE invasive, and some were even nearly impossible to follow if a person was living any type of a normal busy lifestyle. Colon flushing or cleansing when you’re at work or on the road…I don’t think so! Juice cleansing has also become quite popular, but the problem with that option is just how labor intensive juicing actually is. For anyone who’s done it longer than just a few days, you know exactly what I’m talking about! And then there’s fasting altogether. While Tibetan monks can supposedly go without food for months and months at a time, the average woman can become pretty dang impossible to be around after fasting, even for a just a few days at a time. I speak from experience on this sadly.
So for the average person, easing into a new concept like a detoxing is a much more user friendly alternative if you’re looking at tea as your method of nutrient delivery. They can be delicious, warming/cooling, easy to make and truth be told they are usually a far more gentle way to go about it. Most detoxing teas can be used as a general pick-me-up throughout the day like any most teas, while others can be used as a form of meal or snack replacement altogether. One brand I love here in Canada is David’s Tea, but there are so many options out there so be sure you do your research with each and every one. Try to stay away from strong laxative types (Senna as the first ingredient is a big no-no for first time users) and always follow the directions on the box or bag. However, if you’ve never had the tea before and it says to take 3 cups a day, please be smart yogis and only start with 1 cup a day until you can see how your body reacts! Remember, that all types contain different herbal and nutrient formulas, but each person reacts differently to these substances. So even if your friend has one that was super gentle for her, unfortunately it may not end up being that way for you too.
On the other hand, don’t be afraid steepers! Some of the most delicious teas I’ve had have been great detoxifiers for my body and have made an overall huge difference in my digestion. Teatoxing is about being smart while still being able to use the wonderful herbs Mother Nature gave us to get our body’s back into a more balanced state. It can be the perfect addition to ANY workout and lifestyle change you want to take on!