With the current ‘teatox’ trend, combined with my love for tea, I’ve been continuing to try out brand after brand of these popular tea detoxes. These last couple of weeks, I’ve been drinking Baetea’s 14 Day Detox.
What is the Baetea 14 Day Detox?
The Baetea 14 day teatox is labeled as a weight loss tea and is “specifically formulated to enhance your weight loss program”. The tea contains a blend of traditional organic herbs and natural ingredients that benefit the body in various ways. According to Baetea’s website, their teatox:
1) aids in digestion and reduces bloating
2) promotes a feeling of fullness and suppresses your appetite
3) helps burn fat faster and increases metabolism, resulting in natural and safe weight loss
4) calms and cleanses the body
5) provides vitamins and antioxidants
6) boosts your energy and elevates your mood
Of course, with any teatox, it’s important to also follow a healthy eating and exercise plan, especially if you’re looking to lose weight. Here are some teatox tips taken straight from the Baetea website, which they recommend following to get the best results:
1) Drink 1 cup a day for best results
2) Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
3) Exercise regularly 3-5 times per week.
4) Eat healthy, balanced meals.
5) Rinse And Repeat 🙂
Now, whether or not these detoxes actually work is debatable. Some can even be dangerous, so my first step is always to read the ingredients and look for any ‘warning’ signs, like unsafe or even unknown ingredients.
Baetea 14 Day Detox Ingredients
According to the label on my Baetea teatox package, it contains:
- Organic Green Tea Leaf – has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. (1)
- Organic Rooibos Leaf – rich in calcium, iron, potassium, copper, fluoride, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and alpha hydroxy acid. Also has calming properties. (2)
- Ginger Root – a medicinal herb used primarily for the treatment of Dyspepsia (discomfort after eating), including bloating, heartburn, flatulence, and nausea. (3)
- Oolong Wu Yi Leaf – most well known health benefits are its effect on the prevention of obesity and its active contribution in weight loss. Other benefits include assisting in combating the aging of skin, preventing heart disease and cancer, reducing high blood pressure, prolonging and improving vitality and life span, strengthening teeth and preventing decay, relieving both physical and mental stress, treating skin problems (such as eczema and rashes), lowering blood sugar levels, and improving brain power. (4)
- Pomegranate – nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit.
- Guarana Seed – a stimulant; its seeds contain about 2x the concentration of caffeine found in coffee seeds. It’s also used for weight loss, to enhance athletic performance, and to reduce mental and physical fatigue. (5)
- Stevia Leaf – a natural sweetener.
- Senna Leaf (only makes up 1% of entire blend) – an FDA-approved nonprescription laxative; used to treat constipation and also to clear the bowel before diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy. (6)
- Other ingredients: Flavors, Lemon Juice, Sea Salt, Corn, Honey Powder, and Citric Acid
At first glance, Baetea looks pretty healthy and safe. Nothing rings a warning bell for me in the ingredients list. It’s also re-assuring to know that senna makes up only 1% of the tea blend, and that they use senna leaf, rather than an extract, which supposedly greatly diminishes its laxative effect. (The only reason why Baetea claims it’s even in there is to aid in digestion.)
But of course, you never know what kind of effect a teatox will have on your body until it’s introduced into your diet and daily routine. So let’s move on to my experience.
Baetea 14 Day Teatox Review
When you first open up the Baetea, package, you’re hit with a burst of juicy pomegranate. Sadly, the pomegranate isn’t as prominent as you might expect once the tea is infused. The tea actually has a very mild flavor – quite herbally with a touch of sweetness from the Stevia Leaf. Personally, I find it enjoyable to drink on it’s own, without having to add extra sweeteners. (Though, if you prefer sweeter teas, you can always add a little bit of agave nectar, honey, stevia, etc.)
Baetea works a little bit differently then other teatoxes I’ve tried before in that, instead of drinking it both morning and night, you only need to drink the tea once a day – in the ‘morning upon rising or before a workout’. This is a huge plus for me – having to remember to brew and drink tea 2x a day is difficult enough if you aren’t a big tea drinker, or have a busy schedule. When it’s a once-a-day kinda thing, it’s much more manageable.
The tea itself is very easy to make. You simply add one teaspoon (or 2 grams) of the loose leaf tea into a tea infuser, pour a cup of near boiling water over the tea, and then leave it to infuse for 3-5 minutes before drinking.
There’s no warning about ‘over-infusing’ the tea, which to me confirms that fact that the ingredients aren’t super potent in terms of their laxative effects. Plus, it’s nice to know that a few extra minutes brew time isn’t going to be the difference between me feeling comfortable, and me running to the bathroom non-stop all day (which has happened before with Slenderteatox and others).
Almost immediately after finishing a cup, I’ll start to feel some of the effects of the caffeine from the Guarana Seed, only without all the nervous and jittery side effects that I typically experience while drinking coffee (all thanks to the calming effects of the rooibos). During the first couple hours, Baetea leaves my body and mind feeling energized yet balanced, and also seems to increase my mental focus and alertness.
The tea also leaves my tummy feeling slightly full too, which is definitely a plus if you’re using this as a weight-loss aid. At the same time, the tea is very gentle on the stomach. I actually left the tea infuser in the tea the entire time I was drinking it (way past the recommended 3-5 minutes steep time) and I didn’t feel any negative side effects whatsoever, which is a huge plus! This is one teatox that’s not going to keep you running to the bathroom like others often do – it’s nice and gentle like a teatox should be.
After the full 14-days, I didn’t notice any change in my weight, though that wasn’t really something I had been working towards (I made no other lifestyle changes – in diet or exercise – throughout the entire detox). I did however love the simple ritual of drinking the tea everyday – enjoying the flavor as well as its positive effects on my mood, energy, and concentration.
All-in-all, if you’re looking to try out a detox, or just want a healthy tea to drink every now and then, I’d recommend giving Baetea a try. It’s definitely one of the gentler and safer teas out there (and one of my personal favorites!).
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