"I picked a teatox that claimed that I would not have to change my diet. All I would need to do was drink one cup in the morning and one cup every other night. 21 cups of tea in two weeks – easy."
If you follow me on twitter, (thank you and if you don’t please do), I said a few days ago that I would post about the Bootea Teatox. So firstly, sorry for being behind on posting, but came down with a bad stomach bug so I didn’t think that it would be fair to review a product that’s meant to help digestion while being sick. But now I’m back and ready to go!
I have always wanted to try to do a teatox ever since they became a big thing about a year ago. However, not eating, and specifically not eating sweets and breads, has never been my strong suit. For example, I am on my lunch break right now from work and I thought that I would try a salad place near by, but… there was no seating left so now I’ve ended up in a café with a Banana toffee cake (and a smoothie so it’s a balanced meal really). Understanding my relationship with food I know there is no way I will ever do an only tea detox. Nor do I ever want to, the health benefits are not worth it for me but all the power to you if you have that willpower. I picked a teatox that claimed that I would not have to change my diet. All I would need to do was drink one cup in the morning and one cup every other night. 21 cups of tea in two weeks – easy.
If you’re on Instagram you have probably seen Bootea advertised, by actresses, by models, and by bloggers. Anywhere from Arian Grande to Kristina Bazan seems to be drinking this magical tea. I did quite a bit of research before deciding what brand of detox tea I wanted to try but when it came down to it Bootea’s extensive clientele list did its trick on me. Its always intriguing to see celebrities with the best stylist and trainers at their figure tips advertising for ordinary products. I am especially skeptical about hair care in particular. While home hair dye can be very good, it is extremely hard to picture Blake Lively bent over her sink every month doing her roots herself. The influence Bootea has gained through Instagram is what ultimately made me choose it; I wanted to see how legit it really was. Also it is a British brand so it seems only fitting.
For two weeks I did not change my diet or exercise and just continued with my life as normal. This would include eating relatively healthy meals, usually a salad or sandwich for lunch, and protein and starch with greens for dinner. My diet does also include yummy drinks, such as chia tea lattes, and snacking; lots of cookies, fruits, and what ever else is offered to me. I work out about 3 to 4 times a week, which because of the weather becoming cold is mainly going to the gym. I primarily wanted to do a teatox because I’ve noticed that bloating has become a pretty big problem for me. I’m very sensitive to dairy, and try to stay away from it but that’s so hard! Bootea advertises that it reduces bloating and helps with your digestive system.
At first glance of Bootea’s instargram it’s easy to think that all you have to do is drink the tea and you will loose weight and be healthy. And this is not completely the on looker’s fault to think. Bootea absolutely does give that impression at first glance; it was sure what I thought. It is when you begin to do a bit more research, just reading their website can show you, that the tea alone will not change your body. Bootea says that the tea will “give you the boost you need to get back to your healthy life style and eating.” It is this quote that explains my experience with the tea perfectly.
In the first days the tea did clear my system, which was a little bit inconvenient, but we all need a good system cleansing sometimes. Then the tea became a bit of a repetition, my digestive system was happy but not working miracles. Due to the laxative effect it is very important to drink to nighttime tea before you go to bed, more specifically 8 or more hours before you plan to wake up. I am a rough sleeper and only ever get about 6 hours a night, so I needed to drink the tea a couple of hours before going to bed, in order to insure a happy tummy in the morning. The morning tea is intended to have natural stimulants and caffeine in order to start your day, and your fitness. I am used to drinking highly caffeinated tea in the morning so I was pleased that Bootea did provide an energy boost.
What is the most honest thing I can say about Bootea is that in encourages you to be healthy. And while we all want a quick fix instead of inspiration, Bootea is not dishonest with saying what it does. When you set out on a teatox you are committing yourself to drinking the same tea for two weeks straight. You are also always thinking about being on a healthy track and this mindset, thus, helps you to make healthy choices. You may think to yourself as you’re snacking that you are already making the choice to drink healthy tea so you might as well have a healthy snack. Also, because your digestive system is feeling fresh and cleansed, going on a run might be a bit easier. While I did not try it Bootea also offers diet and fitness plans along with, supplements and cereals. If you truly committed yourself to this full time Bootea plan, loosing weight and become healthier would be inevitable.
Of course, like myself, we all don’t want or need that full plan and that’s why we turn to tea for that extra boost. While I don’t think that my body has become extremely different over the two week, other than becoming more regular, Bootea did help to make healthier life choices. If I had followed Bootea rigorously than I believe these results would have been even better. After all, my boyfriend did quotably, and innocently, say to me one night, “Are you meant to be eating Tim Tams with your diet tea.” Which I responded, “Yes, piss off.”
In conclusion I am a fan of Bootea. It does everything it claims to and is rather tasty. While I won’t be kissing my box of tea for giving me a flat stomach, I think that if I ever need a good health cleanse I would add Bootea to the shopping list.