Every now and then, giving your body a break and getting rid of toxins can really help you get back on track.
Whether you want to kickstart a fitness regime, continue your weight-loss journey, or simply atone for the sins of parties past, detoxing can be a great way to give your body the love and support it needs.
Done right, detoxing can help you lose weight, clear your skin, help your internal organs, eliminate harmful toxins, and give you an energy boost.
But detoxing isn’t easy. There’s nothing more frustrating than putting in lots of work and seeing no results. So, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the best detox teas in Australia and what a detox can do for you.
What is detox?
Detox is short for detoxification. It’s become a bit of a buzzword in the last few years as healthy lifestyles have become a huge part of our lives. It basically means actively trying to remove toxins, chemicals and pollutants from the body. Literally removing all the bad things from your body so you are left feeling healthier.
Toxins can build up in the body naturally as a by-product of your body’s natural functions. However, toxins can be exacerbated or increased by a number of external factors, including ingesting non-organic food, breathing in polluted air, and using chemical products on your skin.
Detoxing can take many forms. There are gentle at-home versions as well as more intense professional treatments, which can cost several thousand dollars. You can even get digital detoxes for people who are addicted to their phones.
Detoxing takes time if you want to experience proper long-term results. Luckily for you, we’ve broken down the best ways to detox at home without breaking your bank card.
The benefits of detoxing
The list of reasons why detoxing is so good is almost never-ending. Detoxes can be used to help maintain weight loss, fight diseases, overcome addictions, and promote healthy skin.
A build-up of toxins in the body means your cells cannot function properly. The effect of this is that your body will be running at a slightly slower pace. This means everything from fighting diseases, healing cuts, keeping bones strong, and having healthy organs is at risk.
Detoxing your body means that your body can function the way it is supposed to. As a result, your body is more capable of fighting off everything from a winter cold to cancer and heart disease. Toxins in your body damage the enzymes that produce haemoglobin in your blood, meaning your heart and blood function less efficiently. Additionally, toxins can actually take the place of the calcium in your bones. They aren’t as good as calcium meaning you are more likely to break a bone and could end up with a skeletal condition such as rickets.
If your body is functioning as efficiently as possible, it is more effective at converting fat into energy supplies rather than storing it on the body. The result is that you’ll not only have more energy, but you’re also maximising your chances of weight loss. A side effect of less fat storage is that you will have lower blood pressure and less chance of being diagnosed with a condition such as diabetes.
Detoxes are also very good to help ensure your digestive system is up to scratch and functioning as it should. Signs your digestive system is not working well include bloating, cramps, constipation or diarrhoea, unexpected weight gain, and feeling sluggish. All these symptoms show that your body is not effectively digesting food and taking the nutrients it needs while disposing of the rest.
A detox can help your digestive system reset itself. Not only will this cure all the symptoms you are experiencing, such as bloating and cramps, but regular detoxing can help prevent these symptoms in the future. It does this by reducing any inflammation in your gut and restoring your gut’s natural balance of chemicals. By removing toxins, natural bacteria that break down your food can thrive and prevent painful and uncomfortable feeling after eating.
There are even studies that suggest that a healthy gut, without too many toxins, can help increase your sex drive as well as your fertility. So, detoxing your body to remove toxins could also change your love life.
Despite plenty of scientific evidence to suggest that detoxing can help you in many ways, there are lots of sceptics who claim that detoxing does nothing at all. The issue here is that the truth is not a simple yes or no. Detoxing is complicated, and bad detoxes enforce the idea that detoxes are worthless when they aren’t.
There are so many detox programs out there, you’re bound to come across some bad ones. Bad detoxes rely on laxatives and diuretics to encourage bladder and bowel movements. The more time you spend on the toilet, the more you are convinced it is working when in fact, all its doing is making you dehydrated and hungry!
Additionally, some detox diets require cutting entire food groups such as sugar, dairy, and carbohydrates. While cutting sugar can help kick a sugar addiction, it won’t necessarily help you remove toxins from your body. Cutting dairy is only useful in seeing if you are lactose intolerant as your body may be able to function more efficiently without dairy products. In most cases, detox diets that avoid specific foods do not help detox the body in any way.
Another common misconception about detoxing is that you can sweat out your toxins in a hot shower or a sauna. While the skin does have a function when it comes to detoxing, sweating is essentially just a cooling reaction to stop you from overheating. A few small toxins can exit your body through your skin, but not enough for it to be an effective detox. Realistically, you’re just making yourself dehydrated.
Finally, perhaps the most common myth when it comes to detoxing is that a colon cleanse, otherwise known as an enema, is an effective way to detox. Although celebrities such as Katy Perry, Kourtney Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Madonna all swear by enemas, medically speaking, they are not a safe way to detox. Enemas can be sued to treat symptoms that result from a build-up of toxins, such as constipation; they only have a short-term impact and do not remove any additional toxins from your body compared to just going to the toilet. In fact, enemas can have very dangerous side effects such as intestinal damage, infections, dehydration, and a change in your electrolytes, which could even lead to kidney damage.
Overall, it’s best to stay away from detox trends and stick to gentler methods of detoxing, which work with your body, rather than against it. A healthy detox can give you a full body cleanse and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Ways to detox at home
With so many harsh and aggressive detox products on the market, the safest, and often most effective ways to detox are the ones which help your body’s natural functions. Your liver, intestines and kidneys all act as detoxing agents within your body. We’ve got a list of the best ways you can keep them healthy and promote detoxing from within.
One of the best ways to detox your body is to make sure you are active. Regular exercise has been proven to help reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, as well as certain types of cancer. If your body is in top shape, your natural detoxification system, your liver and kidneys, will be functioning at their best and removing toxins for you. Even if you only take a short walk every day, 20-30 minutes of daily exercise could literally change your body.
As your liver is a key organ for removing toxins from your body, give it a fighting chance to function correctly. Over 90% of alcohol is processed by your liver. This means that if your liver is busy processing alcohol, it won’t remove other toxins. Going tee-total will give your liver the time to fight other pollutants. Around 30% of Australian’s are tee-total, and the number is growing so why not join the movement.
If you think you’ll miss your evening glass of wine, try replacing it with a low alcohol version. Or, if you’re more of a cocktail person, there are plenty of refreshing non-alcoholic cocktails recipes out there. Here’s our favourite for a virgin mojito: In a large jug, mix 20g of fresh mint leaves, 3 tbsp of caster sugar, and 150ml of freshly squeezed lime juice. Mix this together, ensuring you crush the leaves. When the sugar has dissolved, add plenty of ice and top with 1 litre of soda water. Serve in tall glasses with a wedge of lime for decoration.
Drink more water
Drinking water is a great way to help keep your body healthy and remove toxins. Water is crucial to help your body flush out toxins and harmful substances through your urine, sweat, and even through your breath in the form of tiny water droplets.
Water helps your body break down food more efficiently, so you get the nutrients you need and pass the rest out through your bowels. Drinking enough water also ensures your joints are working smoothly (great if you are planning on exercising regularly), and helps keep your kidneys in working order.
An average male should drink around 3 litres every day while women should aim for 2.2 litres.
Try a Teatox
Certain teas contain specific properties which can aid your body’s natural detox functions. Teas can help promote your liver’s health, help soothe your digestive systems, and beat bloating. Detox-specific teas can help you to shed water weight within days and encourage your digestive system to effectively remove toxins naturally.
Our NewMe 28-Dey Teatox is specifically designed with four blends of tea. Each tea is carefully crafted to help maximise the detox effect and ensure you have a healthy, natural way to lose weight, remove toxins, and improve your overall health.
Reduce sugar and processed food: Processed and sugary foods contain lots of nasty chemicals and additives, which result in a build-up of toxins. If you are eating lots of these foods your body may be overloaded trying to digest the complex foods. This can leave you feeling bloated, tired and nauseous. Try switching out some of these unhealthier options for natural foods. It can take ten days to beat a sugar addiction. During that time, try to replace sugary snacks for natural sugars from fruits like raspberries and apples. You will likely experience withdrawal symptoms during this time but this is a sign that the detox is working and your body is starting to function without the toxins.
A good detox diet can make a big impact in your life. Afterall, you are what you eat. As well as cutting out over-processed and sugary foods you should try to increase your intake of healthy meals. If you aren’t sure what a good detox diet is, we’ve got you covered with a simple detox diet routine:
Breakfast: A fruit smoothie with added chia seeds and a cup of detox tea.
Snack: Apple slices with peanut butter or cereal bar
Lunch: Organic soup (no dairy) or fresh salad
Snack: A handful of nuts or seeds such as almonds or trail mix with a cup of detox tea
Dinner: Steamed vegetables and brown rice or fresh salad or grilled vegetables with sweet potato
As with all good detox cleanses, remember to stay hydrated with plenty of water. You should aim to follow a good detox diet plan for at least a week. For a more intense body cleanse, try to stick to a diet plan for a month.
Switch out your products
Everything from your dish soap, floor cleaner, and fabric softener to your shower gel, foundation, and perfume contain chemicals. Some of these chemicals can be easily broken down by your body and passed naturally out of your body without any issues. However, some are more difficult to remove.
In fact, some are so difficult to remove that Australia’s governing bodies have banned them from use in household products because they cause serious illnesses like cancer.
While none of your products will contain anything that bad, you are still ingesting, absorbing and breathing in a whole host of chemicals every single day. Try switching out some of your harsher products for gentler, more natural options. This means you’ll have fewer toxins in your body in the first place.
1. How long does detoxing take?
For a detox to be effective, it should be consistent. You should start to see results after a week, but a long-term detox can take up to a month for your body to totalling reset and clear all toxins.
2. Does it really work?
Yes! Detoxes are popular for a reason. As well as multiple health benefits, successful detoxes can help you lose weight, maintain a clear complexion, and leave you feeling more energetic and less lethargic.
3. What are toxins?
Toxins are a building up of toxic substances in your body. Many of these occur naturally as a by-product of your body’s normal functions. This includes gases create by cell turnover and food digestion. Additionally, external toxins come from your environment. If you breathe in, absorb through your skin or ingest chemicals that your body can’t process, you’ll get a build up of harmful substances.
4. How often should I detox?
Detoxing a couple of times a year is enough to regularly give your body the chance to recover and be healthy. However, some detox products can be used daily to help eliminate a build-up of toxins. Our New Me 28-day Teatox can be drunk twice a day to get the maximum effect.
5. Is it safe to detox while pregnant?
It depends! Some gentler forms of detoxing can help keep your body clean, and fighting fit while you grow your precious baby. More intense detoxes can be dangerous and put your body under lots of stress, which is not recommended for pregnant women. Check with your doctor before undergoing any detoxes.
6. Can detoxing help me lose weight?
Yes, detoxing can definitely help you lose weight. Not only will you lose the water weight, you’ll also bloat less and keep the cravings away.
7. Can detoxing be dangerous?
Yes, unsafe detoxing can lead to serious health concerns. For example, regular enemas can lead to intestinal damage, and extreme detox diets can lead your nutrient deficiency. This is dangerous for your health and can result in weight gain, fatigue, and nausea once the diet is over.
8. How do I know when I need to detox?
You should detox when you start to feel sluggish, tired, bloated, and are experiencing cramps or pain after eating. Another sign your body needs a detox is if your skin experiences more than normal breakouts. This is a sign that your body is trying to get toxins out of your body, but you should give it a hand!
Start your detox today!
So long as you have a healthy approach to detoxing, there’s very little that can go wrong and a lot that can go right. You have to remember that you can’t detox in a day.
It takes a while for your body to start shifting all the excess toxins and pollutants out of your body and begin to function normally again. That’s why our NewMe 28-Teatox program lasts for a month. You’ll start seeing results after a few days, but the long-term health benefits require consistency and patience.
Here’s just some of the amazing results from other Australian’s who have already benefited from follow our NewMe 28Day Teatox:
Nicole from Brisbane said “My first ever cleanse, and wow I’m loving it. I’m a coffee drinker but doing this 28 day Tea Cleanse is amazing feeling so much better.”
Chloe H got in touch to let us know how her detox changed her life; “I went through a toxic relationship for six years which caused me a lot of mental and health issues like anxiety and overweight. This program is pretty strong, and you have to combine it with exercise and diet. I'm quite lazy, but the fact that I committed with the guys to follow their program for a month gave me the discipline to go for at least a long walk per day and avoid 🍫. The blends taste delicious, and day by day I lost almost 4.1 kg. Between kids and divorce, my body shape wasn't that great, and I used to hate myself, but now I can finally find something to wear that I like and not just something to hide and cover.”
Now you know what detoxing so good for, why not get started today?
All you need to fully-overhaul your internal health and give your body a full reset is determination and willpower (and some tea to help the process along).
We’d love to hear from you if you’ve already started your detox. Get in touch and let us know how quickly you started feeling better.
- Will you be detoxing every few months?
- What differences did you notice?
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