- 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?



  1. I've wondered about trying this, and I love your total honesty.
    Saying that I'm still not 100% sure whether to do it or not. Maybe after the christmas bulge!

    Illustrated-teacup.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'd really recommend you trying it for at least a week sweetie, but just be prepared haha I felt the change almost immediately too! Had a great surge of energy and was amazed how clear my skin got!

      Claire xo

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  2. I have been thinking about doing this detox, as some of my friends have done it, even though they did say it had some unfortunate laxative effects! I really appreciate your honest review, its so great to hear what actually happens instead of the rose tinted version painted by brands!
    Emily xx
    www.emilymaydesigns.com

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    1. Aww thank you Emily for your lovely comment! Personally, the positives definitely outweighed the negatives although in saying that I wouldn't go rushing back to try it! It'd be great for a post Christmas detox :)

      Claire xo

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  3. Thank you for your honesty. I wanted to try this but you've helped change my mind. I have an unpredictable "routine" as it is so I'll steer clear!

    Grace
    grownupgrace.com

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    1. Aww gurrrrl, I feel your pain! My diet was already heavy in fibre, but it actually felt good that everything was kept regular. Is it gross if I say that I felt soooo much lighter?

      Claire xo

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  4. And this is why I love you! 100% honesty, and swearing ;) Hahaha, perfect! <3
    I'm glad you found some positives out of this experience though - you really do look on the bright side of life hehe. I will probably try this one day to be fair for the skin/weight benefits. But at least I'm warned now of other certain effects! ;)

    Muchos love!
    Jemma xx

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    1. Omg gurrrrl, it took its toll on me the first few days but after a while you become kinda immune to it. Plus I was SO amazed that it curbed my hunger during the day! It's £20 in Holland & Barrett for the 2 week teatox which isn't bad :) I'd definitely advise you try it for at least a week to see what it's like doll!

      Claire xo

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  5. Loved your honesty in this review - I did this teatox a couple months ago, and couldn't make it past the first week so well done for actually finishing it!! Those unfortunate laxative effects are definitely painful to say the least haha.

    I agree with your preference for the night time tea too, it's definitely the better tasting one of the two!

    Kat
    www.hungrylittlebear.co.uk

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    1. AWW YES, someone who feels my pain! Don't get me wrong, it wasn't an excruciating experience but I probably should have started it during my Halloween break so that I wouldn't be rushing embarrassingly to the nearest public toilet!

      Claire xo

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  6. This sounds like a relatively do-able detox, compared to the ones i've tried and failed at in the past! You must feel amazing now too x

    Cream Tea And Rose Jam // Pretty Honest Giveaway

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    1. Aww thank you Gemma! The thing that actually caught me by surprise the most was the curbing of my hunger. Oh plus, my clearer complexion also caught me off guard! So the positives definitely outweighed the negatives :)

      Claire xo

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  7. Omg haha. What a journey. Nothing about detoxes ever sounds good until the end result. I'm glad you lived to tell the tale <3

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    1. Oh sweetie, it was such a hard journey! But I'm so glad I went through with it! It was very challenging, especially during the first few night were I felt as though my stomach was eating itself. But preserve pays my dear!

      Claire xo

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  8. I was looking at this with my flatmates the other week. The price was putting us off - though it isn't that expensive, we weren't sure if it'd be any use! I may give it a go!

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    1. I would definitely recommend it, but one of the major things you have to remember is to cut out meat if you want it to succeed. Sure, keep as active as you can, but filling up on rice, pasta and veg instead was a saviour! :)

      Claire xo

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  9. I have always wanted to do this, but I am quite scared my body won't react well to it or I will eat loads after I finish it and, as a result, throw this experience to the trash.
    But I am so glad you enjoyed your experience! :)

    Always with love xx

    Catarina // ohkori.blogspot.com

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    1. I'll be honest, usually I have a stomach of steel so I was naturally taken quite aback by how badly my digestive system reacted. But if you persevere, within a few days your system DOES regulate and that's when you begin to feel the benefits :)

      Claire xo

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  10. thanks for the honest review, was tempted to try it. Might still give it a go to give myself.

    Melissa || www.vintagemelissa.co.uk x x

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    1. Ohhh sweetie you definitely should give it a wee go! I wasn't nearly brave enough for the monthly dose so the 2 week teatox suited me fine. Just keep yourself hydrated at all times and be prepared for any irregular bowel movements tehe :)

      Claire xo

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  11. That's what usually happens with tea detoxing. I soak in any sorts of green tea on a daily basis, but I am very much aware of not getting any of those detox teas which will keep me in the loo. I don't need to loose weight, therefor I don't want to do this kind of torture to myself.
    To be honest with you - the best green tea I have even drank (3x 14 days doses) was Body Slim Tea which came all the way from Australia - it didn't have any abnormal effect on my daily routine. I drank it whenever I felt like and it was so delicious - even slightly sweet.
    You're a hero for surviving the full detox program of Bootea!

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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  12. I'm so tempted, great way to kick start a healthier diet. I'm not so worried about the side effects but giving up because I can't stomach the taste! we shall see if I have enough pennies to put an order in x

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