If you’ve overindulged during the Christmas and New Year festivities like we might have done, the cure is – as always – a cup of tea!
But it’s not just putting the kettle on after a night of excess. Different teas can help the body detox and flush out the toxins built up as we tucked into fantastic Christmas dinners, endless supplies of sweets, mince pies, cakes and chocolates, and one or two glasses of our favourite tipples, especially to see in the new year.
As well as eating regularly and having a balanced diet, there are a number of detox teas to choose from to help the body get over the festive excesses – and they can be brewed or infused in a cafetiere or French press such as Degono, while others come in the form of tea bags.
Most people have tried green and peppermint teas, which both have detoxing properties, but there are plenty to choose from to suit every need, palate and digestive system. Strong detox teas can have a dramatic effect on people, especially if they are trying them for the first time, and strong tastes can put people off.
Good detox teas which are gentler to your insides while flushing out toxins should include mint, ginger, nettle leaf and licorice.
Many are designed to help with certain conditions, such as bloating, digestion and fatigue, as well as general all-rounders. In addition to checking for possible reactions to any medications being taken, it is worth keeping an eye out to see if a detox tea includes caffeine, which will deliver a pick-me-up in the morning, but won’t do any favours for a good night’s sleep.
The Evening Standard has picked its top detox teas to calm and clean the body – and we’ve chosen our favourites.
One of the most popular detox teas is Teapigs’ Organic Cleanse Detox Tea. It is a mix of green tea, herbal tea, lemongrass, ginger, coconut and dandelion root, and helps people feel rejuvenated. And forget the saying ‘anything that tastes this bad must do you some good’ – this has won awards for its taste which is slightly sweet. It’s worth noting that there is a touch of caffeine here too, so be careful not to have it too close to bedtime.
T2’s Detox Tea is also sweet tasting with a minty-licorice flavour and also includes fennel, juniper berries, spearmint, lemongrass, licorice root, strawberry leaves, alfalfa and marigold petals. As well as tasting great, it is caffeine free and can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
One of the big worries about detox teas is that you will spend a lot of time rushing for the loo, but Pukka’s Organic Cleanse Tea is kinder to the digestive system. It is made with organic aloe vera, dandelion, fennel, liquorice, nettle and peppermint, and extra mint helps avoid the harsh taste of many other detox teas.
If that all sounds too minty, Twinings Superblends Detox Tea has all the benefits but with a twist – it has a lemon and ginger flavour. Made from burdock root, fennel, ginger and added selenium, it provides a gentle detox with a taste that isn’t overpowering.
There are plenty more to choose from, but we’ve gone with the options that pick you up and don’t taste like cut grass or leave you rushing the loo.
The Evening Standard has pinned its colours to the mast by voting Teapigs’ Organic Cleanse Detox Tea as its top choice, even going as far as saying it could replace your daily cup of coffee. Let’s not get too carried away!
Happy new year and happy detoxing!
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