Everyone needs a little detox from something once in a while, even if it’s just social media—I’ve personally already spoken about going on a Whole 30 diet plan earlier this year to rid my body of junk food. We’ve also discussed soup cleanses and how to detox from heavy metals—yes, that’s a thing—and now it’s time to explore the best detox teas out there. But what is a “teatox,” and how does it work?
As you can probably already imagine, there’s not just one way to teatox. When it comes down to it, all you’re doing is adding teas with special active ingredients to your diet with the goal of making yourself, well, healthier. (Remember you still want to be eating real meals, but you should make sure they’re as clean as possible.) So, why is this the next big wellness craze? Well, these specific teas contain antioxidants and natural laxatives that help give you more energy, rid your body of toxins, lessen bloating, and help you stay fuller longer.
According to the National Institutes of Health, if you’re doing a real tea “cleanse” with ingredients that have laxative-like effects, like Senna, the rule of thumb is to take a breather after two weeks. The continued use may make you dependent on the laxatives and can also damage your liver. If you want to go with something milder on your stomach, there are certain herbal blends that may not cleanse the system completely but are preferred for regular use.
As always, be sure to consult your doctor if you have any questions and to determine what makes the most sense for you. To save you time (and energy), we've rounded up the top eight best detox teas on the market. Scroll through, and then it’s time to consider brewing your favorite.
Those who are on Sakara’s meal delivery plan have a cup of this tea after breakfast and lunch. The brew relies on red rooibos to protect against free radicals, rose to treat inflammation, and lemongrass to flush out your system.
We love that this set is actually meant to travel with you on the go—perfect for resident jet-setters. This best detox tea is blended with mate and flavored with lemongrass (the mate peps you up while the green tea flushes out your system).
This minty loose-leaf tea is packed with herbs like basil to detoxify, spearmint to help your metabolism, and Linden leaf and flower for healing properties. (Fun fact: If you use filtered water, you’ll be able to get the full flavor of the tea.)
This tea relies on the properties of your favorite childhood flower—the dandelion—to help clean out your kidneys. Plus, the flavors of licorice, fennel, and peppermint unite to give this beverage a hint of sweetness.
Teami Skinny Tea is meant to be enjoyed in lieu of your morning coffee (unlike a lot of these other blends, it contains plant-based caffeine to give you a pep in your step). Fiber comes in the form of yerba mate, oolong tea, lotus leaf, ginger root, rhubarb root, and more.
This two-week teatox program works to keep you full longer as well as speed up your metabolism as your body cleanses itself. It relies on the power of açaí berry to get rid of the toxins that are stuck in your fat cells.
This mellow green tea is not only good for helping you get to sleep but also injected with vitamin C, which helps your body flush itself of pollutants. Sidenote: Hints of chamomile and mint make it taste really good (we suggest just a dash of honey on top).
Herbs like burdock, dandelion, and juniper berry combine with a tried-and-true Ayurvedic blend of “trikatu” (aka ginger, long pepper, and black pepper). For an extra boost, steep two of these tea bags in one cup of boiling water, then enjoy.
Have you ever done a teatox? If so, be sure to share your experience in the comments.