Every now and again, I get asked about whether the many ‘teatoxes’ (or indeed, anything with a ‘tox’ in!) are worth it and my answer is a big resounding NO. I am a massive herbal tea drinker and it really gets me frustrated that so many companies are chucking some senna into these teas and turning them into laxatives. As a gut health blogger, I feel strongly that I would never promote or write about any product like this. As I mentioned in my 8 Ways to Detox Your Gut Naturally blog, these don’t support your gut bacteria at all -simply aggravating the colon, causing lots of water loss (which is soon gained back!) and most likely a night spent camped out next to the nearest toilet. Instead, herbal teas should be your go to for relaxation, energising and wellbeing.
So when Teagime first emailed some information over about their teas, I was about to refuse until I read their policy. Teagime is not a weight loss tea! It doesn’t believe in laxatives! Hurrah! Instead, it is about receiving a gorgeous collection of loose leaf tea through your postbox- more than enough to get you started on a 2 week routine and encourage you to make natural healthy changes- like drink more fluids and cut the caffeine! They don’t promise dramatic weight loss (but it’s likely you will lose a few pounds if you switch from your starbucks latte to this; along with feeling lots better)
I was really impressed to see a brand taking a stand against the detox fads and even more impressed when they outlined their customer quiz policy: When you sign up, you are quizzed on everything from your main goals to health issues and of course your flavour likes and dislikes. This was perfect for me as I was keen to find something to support energy and relaxation but made sure I filled them in on my condition (I have IBD) and that I found some teas too strong on my stomach. A few days later, a customer blend whizzed through my door.
My 2 week pack included 3 bags of loose tea blends, 2 cute diffusers and a really helpful information sheet explaining the ingredients of benefit each tea. Everyones blend is different but the main goal is to cram plenty of antioxidants into your morning blend, give you an energy boost and stabilise cravings at lunch with your afternoon blend and then help you nod off and digest your evening meal with the nightime blend. After studying my booklet carefully, I was pleased to see there were no fillers or adding bits: just lots of lovely loose tea blends.
So how did I find them? As a big herbal tea drinker who hates caffeine, I wasn’t expecting to see huge changes but I was pleasantly surprised at how these blends encouraged me to put the kettle on more often- I tend to do this morning and night and then undo my hardwork by running around at work! My favorite had to be the nightime blend: a gorgeous mix of peppermint (my go to herb for easing stomach pains and helping you digest a meal), cacao and vanilla. It’s sweetness also helped me to stop reaching for a nightime treat. It also got me hooked on the wonders of loose tea; I loved experimenting with quantities and the flavour was so much richer than my usual teabags. I am a complete convert and can’t wait to try a new batch next month!
If you want to sign up, head over to www.teagime.com to fill out your questionnaire! The total cost for a 2 week plentiful supply is £29.99 but you can use the code ‘balancedbelly10’ to get 10% of your first order. I appreciate this is expensive but if you factor in your usual takeaway coffee and the added health benefits then I think it’s well worth it for the amount you get. I also think it can be quite overwhelming switching to herbal tea from caffeine basedequivalentss; the herbal tea aisle is massive and many people aren’t very adventerous :sticking to things like fruit tea (Which isn’t hugely healthy) or green tea (Which in my opinion tastes pretty foul and probably sends people running back to their Frappachinos!
This post was a collaborative post with Teagime but my rave review is my own I promise- I am geniunely excited to see a proper herbal tea company on the market and my goal in life is to put as many people off teatoxes as possible!