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Detox teas have been increasing in popularity at an extremely rapid rate over the last couple of years, and it seems that a new ‘teatox’ spouting its ‘amazing herbal blend’ is being advertised as the next big thing every single week.
Which brings us to Skinny Bunny Tea.
It differs from some other herbal tea blends in that it does not contain any ingredients that act as stimulants or diuretics, and as such should not cause any ‘perceptions’ of energy or weight loss, that are lost (or regained, in regards to lost weight) as soon as the detox is finished.
But is it actually beneficial to health, and does it promote long term weight loss as suggested?
Skinny Bunny Tea markets itself as a natural, ‘authentic’ detox tea that is ‘vegan friendly. Gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, soy-free’ that promotes a ‘unique set of health benefit’ that can also help weight loss.
But what does that really mean?
And how does it work?
To answer these questions we will be taking an in depth look at Skinny Bunny Tea’s most popular product, the Weight Loss tea blend.
This is an AM tea that is to be consumed first thing in the morning, that is suggested to improve health while also promoting significant weight loss.
This tea can be purchased in both 14 and 28 day ‘detox packs’.
While Skinny Bunny Tea loosely claims to improve health and function of the body, while also stimulating significant weight loss, it is also suggested to work through more specific mechanisms.
Skinny bunny tea claims to reduce levels of triglycerides in the blood, which can promote metabolic and cardiovascular health, increase the body’s ability to ‘burn fat’, improve the function of the immune system, promote good skin health while improving both digestive and dental health, while also promoting the metabolism of fat cells.
So, to summarise, it claims to improve health through a number of specific mechanisms.
But does it actually meet those claims?
We are first going to take a look at the key ingredients of the AM tea blend and how those ingredients contribute to health promoting effects the tea is suggested to have.
This is where Skinny Bunny Tea immediately sets itself apart from other detox teas.
Pu-erh tea is a type of black tea that undergoes a lengthy aging process that occurs under extreme conditions of humidity, after it has completed the fermentation process.
This type of tea is often suggested to improve mental alertness and sharp thinking.
Pu-erh tea contains fairly high amounts of caffeine (although not as much as that found in some other black teas). Caffeine can play a role in the stimulation of the central nervous system, which can genuinely improve cognitive function and decision making processes. Additionally, caffeine can also cause increases in metabolic rate and fat metabolism, which can aid weight loss over long durations.
In addition to caffeine, Pu-erh tea also contains a naturally occurring compound called Lovastatin.
Lovastatin is a substance often used in prescription medication to lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. As a result, Pu-erh tea does actually have the capacity to improve our measures of blood metabolic and cardiovascular health .
Rooibos tea is an ingredient that is becoming increasingly common in these types of tea detox blends, due to the large amount of anti oxidants that it does contain.
Rooibos tea also contains a number of different compounds that have both anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties on the human body, and has shown to aid cause small reductions in blood pressure in individuals suffering hypertension, suggesting it may have a positive effect on cardiovascular health .
These antioxidants and specific compounds can aid the functioning of the immune system while causing significant reductions in systemic inflammation. This combination of effects can reduce our likelihood of developing illness and disease, improve the function of our cardiovascular system, and potentially cause reductions in blood pressure.
While Cinnamon is a spice more commonly known for its uses in cooking, it actually has a number of positive effects on health.
Cinnamon contains vast array of antioxidants. These specific antioxidants have shown to cause significant reductions in the number of free radicals within the body, which can reduce the risk of developing cancer and other degenerative diseases. They also have positive anti inflammatory effects on the cells of the body, which can improve immune system function and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Cinnamon also contains a specific compound know as Cinnamaldehyde.
This compound has shown to cause reductions in resting blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity, which both contribute to a reduced risk of developing diabetes .
Ginger is another spice used regularly in cooking that also demonstrates a number of positive health effects on the body when added to your diet.
Ginger contains a number of specific nutrients and compounds that have play a number of important roles within the body.
Ginger has demonstrated a capacity to reduce cellular inflammation significantly. This can improve cellular function. This increase in function of our cells can improve our ability to use stored energy, which can promote fat loss and reduce our risk of developing illness and disease.
Ginger can also cause large improvements in the health of the gut, by improving our ability to digest food while maintaining the health of our gut bacteria. These improvements in digestion can improve our capacity to use food for energy, aiding in weight loss, while improving the health of our gut bacteria can further improve our immune system function .
As an added bonus, ginger has shown to suppress appetite, causing reduced hunger throughout the day. This should have positive effects on weight loss over the ‘detox’ period.
Black pepper is a common household item that has shown to have significant benefits for the digestive process of the gut and intestinal health.
Black pepper has shown to increase secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which in turn helps breakdown food that enters the gut, increasing the efficiency of our digestive processes. In conjunction with these digestive benefits, black pepper has also shown to have antibacterial effects, which improve the functioning of our immune system .
Additionally, it has been suggested that the specific substances in black pepper can also increase the metabolism of fat cells, promoting additional weight loss.
Clove is another spice regularly used in eastern cuisine that also has some positive health benefits.
Cloves contain a number of different antioxidants that have been suggested to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, that can protect the body from infections and boost immune system functioning , although this is not well supported by research.
Cardamom is another spice that contains large amounts of the minerals Iron and Manganese. These minerals aid in cellular metabolism, aiding the breakdown of fuel for energy and promoting fat metabolism, both of which can contribute to weight loss.
Additionally, cardamom contains anti-carcinogenic compounds that can reduce the risk of developing cancer, while also stunting the growth of already developed cancerous cells .
The ingredients in Skinny Bunny Tea certainly have the capacity meet their health related claims.
There are compounds that have shown to reduce levels of triglycerides in the blood, while lowering levels of LDL cholesterol.
There are a number of substances that have shown to increase fat metabolism and metabolic rate, which does improve the ability of the body to to ‘burn fat’.
Skinny bunny tea contains a number of anti oxidants that have shown to improve the functioning of the immune system, while also promoting the metabolism of fat cells.
Additionally, a number of the key ingredients have demonstrated positive effects on digestive health.
The key claims of improving skin and dental health are yet to be proven through scientific research.
So in conclusion, Skinny bunny tea certainly has the capacity to improve various markers of health while also promoting fat metabolism and weight loss. As an added bonus, it doesn’t contain any ingredients that act as diuretics that create a ‘perception of weight loss’.
Like other tea detoxes, skinny bunny tea will work best in conjunction with healthy eating habits and regular exercise!
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