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Another day, another tea detox gains popularity in a somewhat saturated market.
Detox teas continue to gain popularity at a frightening rate.
This is often suggested to occur with very little effort from the consumer.
Simply add two cups of (insert tea detox here) each day, one during the morning and one at night, to reap the rewards.
And this is arguably the key to their popularity.
The fact that they require minimal effort, and often do have some health benefits (in most cases, anyway), seriously appeals to the consumer.
Add in the chance of losing some weight and you have a very marketable product.
Do they actually work?
Today we are going to be looking into one of the more recent detox teas on the market, Lyfe Tea.
Lyfe Tea offer a range of individual products, although their most popular by far is their tea detox (advertised as ‘Lyfe Tea Teatox’).
It is this detox tea that we are going to be taking a closer look at today.
The Lyfe Tea Teatox comes in 14 and 28 day supplies, and it is expected to have one cup upon waking, and then a second before bed each day.
Lyfe Tea is advertised as a ‘delicious blend of traditional herbs that aids in digestion and eliminates toxins released from fat cells during weight loss’.
It suggests that consuming the Lyfe Tea detox tea is fantastic way to calm and cleanse the human body.
They go even further, suggesting that their specific tea blend can give you energy while elevating your mood.
This boost in energy is said to happen ‘without the aid of artificial ingredients’.
Additionally, Lyfe Tea tries to set itself apart with the inclusion of the (suggested…) superfood Moringa, which is said to create a feeling of fullness while also suppressing appetite.
Their unique tea blend is advertised to give your body ‘extreme nutrition’, helping you reach your weight loss goals naturally and effectively.
Lyfe Tea makes a lot of large claims.
But does it work?
To actually find out whether Lyfe Tea can meets its rather large health claims, we are going to have an in depth look at its key ingredients, and how these contribute to the teas suggested health promoting effects.
Moringa oleifera is where Lyfe Tea tries to set itself apart from other tea detox Supplements.
It is a tree that known as the ‘Tree of Life’ or ‘a Miracle Tree’, that is suggested to have a number of positive effects on health.
Interestingly, there is actually very little evidence to suggest that Moringa Oleifera has any real health benefits.
It has shown to be both highly rich in nutrients, while also containing a high antioxidant content.
It is important to note that whist it is high in nutrients, the dosage provided in Lyfe Tea is actually too low to provide any considerable health benefit.
Despite this, there are still positive effects associated with the antioxidants contained within the Moringa oleifera.
These antioxidants have anti-inflammatory effects that can benefit gut and immune health, aiding digestive processes .
Additionally it has been shown that this plant may improve pancreatic function and lower blood glucose, which may reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes.
Something that is extremely important to note is that higher dosages may induce abortions, and as such this should not be taken by pregnant women.
Yerba mate is an herbal tea that is made from the leaves and twigs of a plant called the Ilex Paraguariensis.
Yerba mate contains a relatively high amount of caffeine, and as such can provide a stimulant like effect on the mind and body.
It can enhance mental clarity, and is often suggested to stimulate improve energy levels without getting any jittery side effects.
Additionally, Yerba Mate has also shown to reduce appetite and increase fat metabolism, which over time, can contribute to an increase in fat loss.
Yerba mate is also very rich in antioxidants, which have shown to improve immune system function and cardiovascular health, while also reducing risk of illness and disease .
Green tea is a commonly reoccurring compound in most of these detoxes.
Green tea has demonstrated to increase both fat mobilisation from our fat cells, and metabolic rate.
By increasing these two factors, Green tea can help create a ‘fat burning’ environment where, fat is readily available for energy, and we use more of it to function.
This can cause an increase in fat loss over time.
As a bonus, green tea has also demonstrated to improve immune system function considerably, while also lowering blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugar.
This can help prevent diabetes and hypertension, while also protecting us from illness and disease .
Guarana is another supplement well renowned for the stimulant like effects it has on the human body.
This is due to its extremely high caffeine content.
As result of this high caffeine content, Guarana has been shown to reduce mental and physical fatigue, while reducing sensations of lethargy .
Guarana has also shown to have a very mild effect as an appetite suppressant.
The stimulant effect of Guarana, in conjunction with a reduction in appetite may help promote weight loss.
Ginger is a commonly used spice that actually has a number of positive effects on the body.
Ginger contains a high amount of nutrients and compounds that have a number of positive health benefits.
Ginger has a very large anti-inflammatory effect on our cells .
By reducing cellular inflammation, Ginger can improve the function of our cells.
This can improve the body’s ability to use energy stored within those cells.
This can actually cause an increased rate of weight loss while also improving the function of the cells of our immune system.
Secondly, ginger has the capacity to reduce indigestion and improve the health of our gut, while also acting as a mild appetite suppressant.
This can lead to an increase in weight loss over time.
Now this is where the ingredients list starts to get a little shady.
Senna leaf is an FDA approved, non prescription, laxative .
It is often used to treat severe constipation, and occasionally used prior to a colonoscopy.
Due to the laxative effect of Senna Leaf, it is going to promote fluid loss from our body, as well as speed up any digestive processes in the gut.
This is going to create a perception of weight loss, without any real fat loss occurring in the body.
It is important to note that Senna leaf is possibly unsafe if taken orally for more than two weeks at a time as it can alter normal bowel function, creating a laxative dependence.
Dandelion has been used in traditional herbal medications for centuries.
It was once thought to treat skin problems, although recent research suggests that it is not particularly effective in this manner.
It has actually demonstrated to work as diuretic in humans, increasing the rate at which the kidneys produce and excrete urine .
Again, this is going to increase loss of fluid from the body, which may produce the appearance of weight loss.
This will not actually contribute to any fat loss, and may actually increase the risk of dehydration over a lengthy period of time.
There is very little research on the nettle leaf as a supplement in humans, although it has been suggested to effectively treat urinary problems.
It acts again as a diuretic, increasing the rate at which fluid leaves the body.
This is going to further create the perception of weight loss through fluid reduction in the body, but again will not promote any actual weight loss.
Looking of the ingredients in Lyfe Tea, we can see that it does somewhat meet the vast health claims it makes.
It certainly will improve digestive processes to a degree, while also increasing the function of the immune system.
Due to the large amount of caffeine found in Lyfe Tea, it will certainly have the potential to improve mood and increase energy levels.
As a bonus, the ingredients included can also improve cardiovascular function.
Three of the key ingredients are proven diuretics that can promote severe fluid loss from the gut, and over time, cause digestive problems.
It appears that these ingredients are included purely as a way to create a perception of weight loss, and may actually have negative effects on health if used for a prolonged period of time.
It is because of this we cannot recommend Lyfe Tea to anyone.
While it does meet some of its health claims, some of the ingredients can be misleading and even dangerous!
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John has been a fitness enthusiast for over 10 years, starting out while struggling with obesity as a teenager. Over the years he has advised numerous clients on how to transform their physiques and their lives. As a writer on Nutrition Inspector he aims to help others achieve real results by staying clear of the common hype and false claims in the supplement industry! You can contact him via the "About Us" page.