If you have been wondering whether such a tea is the right thing for you, here is more information about what this sort of tea may do in your body, what it is made of, and any health concerns or benefits of note. First, it is important to always consult your primary physician before starting any new health or diet changes. Second, know the regulations for health-food products before you shop and make sure that you pick a quality product. This will ensure the best results for your health. What are Detox Teas? There are certain types of teas which can help your body to naturally rid itself of harmful toxins. These products are often believed to boost the health of the liver, which helps it to filter and eliminate the toxins.
What Does it Do? A toxin fighting tea is meant to clean the body of toxins, which are usually created when we eat fatty or sugary foods which our body has difficulty processing. Alcohol, tobacco, and some over the counter medication such as acetaminophen can also be hard on the body. Food additives and air pollution are another form of toxins which we can ingest or breathe in. With all of that working against our body, a detoxifying tea is meant to encourage the organs, particularly liver, to produce the natural substances (bile) which are necessary to promote toxins moving through and out of the body. Health Benefits? Although the health benefits of detoxifying products can be controversial, hydration itself is beneficial to maintaining good health and wellness. A nice cup of warm tea can be nourishing to the soul. If that tea contains ingredients to help the organs which rid the body of toxins works a little better, this can be a positive thing. Research shows that combining certain vitamins and minerals can be beneficial in promoting the regeneration of liver cells. For instance, the antioxidant vitamins C, E and beta-carotene as well as B-vitamins (which increase the metabolism of alcohol) and minerals zinc and selenium. Prominent in this research is Raman Venkataramanan, a profession of pharmaceutical sciences and pathology at the University of Pittsburgh as well as a PhD and FCP. According to Venkataramanan, the benefits may not extend as far as affecting patients with liver disease. Concerns Restricting calories over a long period can slow your metabolic rate and masses of anecdotal evidence from dieticians and nutritionists. This is due to a prolonged low calorie intake causes downregulation and slowing of your metabolism- which can potentially affect your thyroid gland leading to hypothyroidism: a condition that causes you to gain fat much faster (when in a calorie surplus) as you metabolic rate slows right down. This is more commonly known as the ‘metabolic damage theory’.
When you restrict calories over time, your thyroid stops producing the hormones at the quantity needed to maintain a healthy metabolic rate. Why? Well it dies this, as you are consuming a very small amount of calories (energy), it slows down all the body’s chemical reactions in order to survive on this lower average energy availability. Ultimately, the body adapts to survive on such a low energy amount. When you revert from a prolonged period of very low calories back to normal eating, you gain weight (mainly body fat) quickly as the body tries to store the excess energy during this period of caloric surplus.
Apart from leaving you with no energy, a down-regulated metabolic rate and constantly craving food, there are other negative effects of an extreme low calorie diet over a prolonged period.
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