It’s so delicious and has so many health benefits!

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I LOVE REAL TEA

I drink so much tea each day (real tea not crappy teatox – but more on that later), if you saw how often I went to the bathroom you’d think I had a bladder problem. Okay, maybe I don’t drink that much – I have about three cups on average, plus a cup of coffee and if I remember I also refill my water bottle.

I began drinking tea as a young teenager, my parents both did and I somehow got the job of making them a fresh pot daily. I never thought of it as anymore than a delicious drink I could pair milk and sugar with and it was only until I reached my twenties and stopped adding sugar, I actually realised that this black/green/white drink actually held some great benefits for my health, skin and body.

I have an entire cupboard filled with every type of tea – there is enough in there to open my very own T2 shop. I have everything from your usual ceylon to you rhubarb/rose/jasmine infusion to your sleepy time. Technically the herbal kind isn’t classified as tea though – only tea which is derived from a Camellia sinensis are – i.e; these four varieties: green, black, white, and oolong is “real” tea. Who cares about technicalities – all I know is they’re 100% delicious.

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I HATE TEATOX TEAS

Even though I love tea, I have only tried a “teatox” once (May 2013) – and I am not a fan. I receive at least 15 emails a week from detox tea companies trying to get sponspored space on my blog and Instagram, and I always say no to them. I don’t believe that I should be promoting or endorsing a product like this to my readers/ followers/friends or family. These products produced by various tea companies (read: infinity on Instagram) seem relatively benign, but I think they’re never used in the correct way and young girls and even women are mislead to think they are going to shed all these kilograms just by drinking tea all day long.

The main ingredient which may I add will have you sitting on the toilet for hours thinking your whole insides are about to fall out is Senna Leaf – it’s not proven to aid in weightloss, however it will definitely irritate the stomach lining to produce a laxative effect. So, if you’re using these teas frequently to “aid in weightloss” you’re probably doing more harm than good. Excessive use of detox teas alter your electrolyte levels that can then lead to heart problems, muscle weakness and liver damage. Our bodies are made to naturally detox themselves; hence the processing and eliminating of sweat, urine, and feces – so big detox’s like these aren’t required.

I also hate the body image that detox tea companies are promoting with their “before” and “after” images of girls who have apparently drunk their tea – and note they’re always in swimwear.  Not only are these images unrealistic, it’s absolutely ridiculous to glorify something like this, which has no real health benefits, which is another reason I would never condone the promotion of these products. It worries me that a lot of young girls are only seeing the “success stories” from these brands and there isn’t a voice telling people that they shouldn’t partake or encourage this Instagram trend. People of Instagram, just because you see someone skinny drinking it, eating it or it has “skinny” in the titling, it doesn’t automatically make it healthy.

Even though the name sounds so reassuring, please if you don’t need to be drinking these teas, I highly suggest skipping it and just stick to normal teas and water to aid your digestive system (as well as be active and eat a balanced diet.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF REAL TEA

Now that I have successfully ranted about teatox teas, let’s get onto the good stuff about real tea.

1. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance.

2. Tea hydrates your body (yes, despite the caffeine).

3. Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength

4. Tea which contains both caffeine and Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) work in combination to raise resting metabolic rate, meaning a faster metabolism. So, drink up!

5. Some research into the active compounds in tea shows it has antimicrobial properties; which mean drinking tea can help prevent pores from getting clogged with bacteria and turning into acne. Who’da-thunk-it?

SIDE EFFECTS OF DRINKING TOO MUCH REAL TEA

Like anything, consuming too much of something is a bad thing. Think too much fruit, equals high frutose levels. Too much water alters your saline levels – same goes with tea. Don’t over do it as too much tea can have side effects too.

Are you a tea drinker? What are your thoughts on the whole “teatox” bandwagon?

New teacup/ strainer and tea from the new T2 Flutterby Range

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Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

4 thoughts on “Wednesday Wellness: Why You Should Be Drinking More Of This”

  1. Yes, Ally!!! Thank you for writing this – finally someone brought it out there. I think promoting these kinds of images and “results” on Instagram that those teatox companies do are so misleading and wrong. Especially, as you mentioned, for young girls who might not be as educated about health and fitness in general yet. There is no such thing as one product that will give you the perfect body. It’s all about balancing your diet and working out. And I think it’s great that you stand up for this and I hope a lot of people will read this post and educate themselves about those teatox companies before purchasing their tea. Keep it up girl! All the best from Germany 🙂

    1. Hi Johanna!

      Thank you so much for your comment – it is great to see that a lot of people, yourself inclusive feel this way about teatox teas. I really dislike that there is nothing out there really to inform people that they aren’t in fact great to consume.

      The one I tried last year didn’t even tell me that there was a laxative effect and because it was tea, I figured all the ingredients were “healthy”. So I can definitely see why girls think they are.

      Thanks again for reading Substance!

      Ally X

  2. I used to hate tea as a teenager, but over the last couple of years I’ve become a huge fan (I’ll be honest, it was that cheap Chinese tea at cheap Chinese restaurants that sucked me in). I really love The Seventh Duchess range, which comes in loose leaf (favourite!). I really must try T2 though – the stores are so beautiful! Adding it to my list.

    I’m so glad you mentioned ‘skinny’ teas or using a tea as a weight loss method, if it can even be called that. I’m the girl who believes in everything in moderation, and if I want something, I’m going to have to work damn hard to get it. These skinny teas are so unhealthy and do not work, point blank. If you want to be healthy and happy (I hate saying ‘skinny’), then you’re going to have to get off your ass and work for it with both your diet (not to be confused with ‘a diet’) and frequent exercise.

    Always love your posts lady! xx

    http://www.lioninthewild.com

    1. I could have said so much more – it’s something that has been on my mind for so long, so I thought “why not?”.

      Definitely give this T2 a whirl – it’s delicious!

      A
      XX

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