Detoxification was originally a form of medical treatment administered to individuals addicted to alcohol or drugs. It is a way of removing the poisonous or harmful substances from the body while in the process of stopping addiction. However, the term detoxification became a commercial term when proponents of slimming teas and regimens, recommended ridding the body of toxins as an effective method of losing weight.
Not a few scientists and health organizations have voiced their disapproval about the promotion of detoxification as a weight loss method. The British Diabetic Association, for one, describes such endorsements as utter nonsense, calling them “marketing myths.” Unless the “toxins” and their accumulation have been determined, there is no sufficient basis for recommending detoxification to a patient. .
The Truth about Tea as a Detoxifier
The health benefits of tea has been proven by researchers, according to a 2013 study, which concluded that drinking tea can help lower blood pressure and risk of heart diseases. Some manufacturers came to capitalize on those benefits as a way of promoting their brand of tea, while some others highlighted weight loss as the most important result. In a way, tea works like a detoxifier.That is because tea helps rid the body of bad cholesterol that clogs arteries, which in turn, cause high blood pressure.
Manuel Villacorta, R.D, M.S., an award-winning registered dietitian, nutritionist and author of “Whole Body Reboot” says that tea alone is not the answer to the process of detoxification. In his book he emphasized that
“Not a single food, remedy or herb can cure ailments or diseases, as well as has the ability to detoxify the body.”
More explicitly, Villacorta said that if a person desires to detoxify his body for real, then he must first remove fried and processed foods from his diet, and increase intake of healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, anti-inflammatory fats and lean proteins. After a person’s diet has been corrected, it is only then that teas can function effectively as a detoxifying agent.
Europeans, particularly the British are culturally, tea drinkers — but not because the tradition was born out of scientific findings about the health benefits of tea. Tea drinking in England became popular during the 18th century because the British wanted to keep its interest in the tea trade profitable. Actually, English tea time in the upper class included servings of scones, sandwiches, pastries or biscuits, and can be taken with milk and/or sugar. After all, calorie counting was not a thing of the past.
The Truth about the Effects of Tea in the Digestive System
Now when it comes to helping the digestive system work efficiently, drinking tea for this particular function is still regarded as debatable. Some say tea leaves are acidic; that when tea acid combines with protein ingested during the meal, it slows down digestion. Mainly because, the combination results in the hardening of the protein.Some others contend that drinking tea during or after a meal stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile that can speed up the process of food digestion.
The truth is any such contentions could be correct, because not all tea leaves have the same properties. That is why today, manufacturers produce an assortment of tea variants, differentiated by the potential effect of the herb or tea leaf used. Unlike before when commercial tea, was just a form of beverage, nothing more.