When it comes to my laundry list of interests, our society's collective obsession with health and wellness sits near the top. I'm fascinated by our ill-advised plunge into the world of processed food in the 1950s and our reactionary pilgrimage back to the all-natural, organic lifestyle of our ancestors that we're currently experiencing. And if social media is any indication, this journey's path is paved with superfoods, green juices, and, of course, cleanses.
While some of the more extreme cleanses veer into dangerous and unhealthy territory, I've long been familiar with the Sakara brand and trust its balanced, holistic approach to health and food. So when the team approached me about trying its 10-day reset detox, I was all ears.
I'll be honest: I had a hard time sticking to the detox, which required cutting out alcohol, caffeine, dairy, gluten, and meat for a full 10 days. My lifestyle, which involves working late, ordering out, spending zero time in the kitchen, and attending regular press events fueled by cocktails, wine, and appetizers isn't well suited to a diet that requires so much cooking.
With that said, the cleanse enlightened me to some new recipes, lifestyle shifts, and products that I've since made a regular part of my routine. In addition to discovering that rice of any kind upsets my stomach and finding a go-to salad dressing recipe that I can realistically make myself, I've found yet another bloating cure in Sakara's detox tea, pictured in the mug below.
Made with red rooibos, lemongrass, and rose, the caffeine-free herbal tea quickly became my favorite Sakara product included in the cleanse, which also incorporated the brand's life source super-powder, beauty water concentrate, detox water concentrate, daily probiotic blend (a runner-up), detox bars, and energy bars. Upon drinking my first cup on the afternoon of day one, I felt less bloated and a bit lighter within 30 minutes. I've been savoring every last teabag since and want to make it a permanent fixture of my diet.
Designed to support the body's natural cleansing systems, the naturally sweet, citrusy tea contains three powerfully cleansing ingredients. The red rooibos is a tea variety from South Africa that's rich in age-fighting antioxidants and fat-fighting compounds while the lemongrass is a natural diuretic known to detox the digestive tract, liver, kidneys, bladder, and pancreas and help you flush out toxins. Finally, the rose helps calm the adrenal system and gives the tea a delicate floral flavor.
"Your body is designed to cleanse itself of environmental and naturally occurring toxins via the liver, kidneys, lymph, and skin. But our modern lifestyles can compromise these cleansing systems, ultimately leading to toxin buildup and inflammation throughout the body," reads the Sakara website. "The superfood ingredients in this herbal blend were chosen to support your body’s natural cleansing powers and rebalance your hunger hormones to their natural state."
The team references a 2014 South African study published in the International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology that found rooibos actually fostered leptin secretion, which is the hormone that tells your body it's had enough to eat.
"Rooibos tea also prevented new fat cells from forming and caused existing fat to metabolize more quickly," the team explains, adding, "Rose helps calms adrenals and inflammation and lemongrass has natural diuretic properties, encouraging your body to flush out toxins while also reducing bloat." They recommend enjoying a cup of Sakara's detox tea twice a day: after breakfast and after lunch. Shop the tea and more editor-approved teaware below.