- Tuesday, 28 October 2014 -
My experience with Bootea Teatox
Hello you lovely lot! So, this weekend marked the end of my two week teatox, whereby I extracted all meat (apart from fish) from my diet as I strived to eat a little cleaner. Since swooping the blogosphere, the Bootea Teatox has been on my radar for quite some time, piquing my interest as it promises to flush out any nasty toxins, completely rejuvenating your system. I've always aimed to implement green tea into my diet, however that intention isn't always plausible when we have lovely regular tea reigning supreme. So, after discovering that Holland and Barrett was stocking the range in their store, I practically skipped home excited for the challenge ahead and what benefits it would bestow me with.
The Good: So here's how it works: within your pack, whether you choose to partake in a 14 day teatox or a lengthier 28 day one, you're given two types of teas - a day time tea, which you're instructed to drink every day upon waking up in the morning and a night time tea which you're advised to take every other night before bed. Preference-wise, I found myself leaning more so towards the night time tea, as it boasts a pleasant peppermint aroma, whereas the day time tea I found was more pungent as it was infused with oolong and ginger. I found the prospect of waking up every morning with the promise of my new routine quite invigorating, as the days went by I slowly discovered that I was feeling fresher, my sleep improved and my skin was looking its absolute best! Another symptom I noticed was that the tea tends to somewhat curb your hunger, which was surprising as I thought I'd be absolutely starving considering the removal of meat from my diet.
The Bad: I'm going to say this as politely as possible - I fucking despised the taste of the day time tea; it felt like I was drinking an oriental candle the scent was that strong. With a busy and slightly erratic university schedule, I also soon discovered that committing myself to the day tea every morning proved impossible, so instead I would just arrive home and drink it whenever I had the time. This probably wasn't the greatest idea as the tea's purpose is to regulate your bowels, and because I took the tea at such irregular intervals, I sometimes found myself stuck in the university toilets wishing that a hole would just open up beneath me and end all my misery now.
The Ugly: Following on from the previous sentence, and may I now point out that reader discretion is advised: during my two week teatox, I was on the toilet A LOT. Green tea is generally a very powerful laxative so I wasn't totally unaware of the consequences. For the first few nights, the night time tea destroyed me, in the information section at the back of their pack, Bootea explain that the night tea has an average of 8 hours working time so technically whenever you take it just before bed, you should be getting up in the morning to relieve yourself on cue. Well, this certainly wasn't the fucking case for me. It took the night tea a mere 4 hours to work its way through my system, abruptly waking me up mid-sleep with the worst stomach cramps imaginable. Granted, this internal rollercoaster only lasted a few days, afterwards I found myself feeling weak and literally empty. I was actually afraid to be out in public due to my indecisive digestive system, I can even recall walking to class one morning and making an unscheduled dart for the nearest Mc Donalds toilets.
Therefore, in summation and against my better judgement, I actually enjoyed my teatox. Yes, I endured a difficult experience with my body getting used to the tea but in the end, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives. I lost a few pounds by just drinking tea for two weeks!
Have you tried the Bootea Teatox?