If you know me, you know I don’t believe in cleansing and detoxing in the traditional sense. Just the mention of a cleanse or detox makes me cringe. These products and systems can be very harmful to your body and cause you to overeat directly after completing one. Sure, they may help you lose weight fast, but if you start overeating after completion, you will gain weight. Not worth it in my book. However, there are a few exceptions.
Detoxing seems to have become all the rage. Increasingly over the past couple of years, I have seen products claiming to “naturally detox” or “cleanse your body of impurities.” Here’s the thing: our body naturally does this for us.
The amazing thing about our bodies is that they are built to protect us. Our kidneys and liver work to remove waste from our blood, balance bodily fluids, metabolize drugs, and detoxify chemicals. Much of this is excreted through our urine and poop, thus ridding our bodies of the things it cannot process and could become harmful. Pretty amazing stuff, right?
I think so.
This is why I cringe when I see claims that “our bodies could be carrying 10 lbs of waste.” It’s a scare tactic that I simply do not agree with. Why? Because those same scare tactics are often used to force people to become vegetarian or vegan.
Yes, our bodies take in waste. Yes, we do need to get rid of it. No, it’s not
necessary to chug disgusting often vinegar based blends for a week to do this. In fact, those vinegar cleanses, even homemade, can actually increase your potential for stomach or throat cancer.
Our bodies must have the proper nutrients to work efficiently.
Taking Care of Business
If you’re putting the right things in your body, it will naturally cleanse and detox itself. Drink plenty of water. Drink beneficial teas. Avoid chemically based no calorie sweeteners. Boost your meals with beneficial herbs and spices. These things will keep your body working at top performance at all times, without having to do a monthly cleanse. However, as humans, we all have a tendency to fall short on the job. Honestly, that’s okay, as long as you make sure to reset and reboot when you slack a little along your food journey.
It may seem daunting to read every label on what you’re about to put in your body. Sometimes we don’t have time, and other times we simply don’t know what the heck we’re even reading. For me though, I find this exciting. Maybe it’s just the scientist in me.
All products that say “detox” or “cleanse” are not the same. Most are there just to make you poop and pee like crazy for 72 hours, so you see some fast results and feel like you did the right thing for your body. Others won’t send you to the bathroom at all, but are actually doing your body some much needed good. That’s what the three products I recommend below will do for you. They are packed with nutrients that will indeed reset your body and return it to peak performance. So what are they?
I’m glad you asked.
Top 3 Reboot Products
The following are three tried and trusted products I’ve used time and time again. I recommend them because they include ingredients I use frequently in my own cooking and tea blends, have researched, and have benefited from their effects. The products themselves simply combine the best of the best for your body’s waste and defense systems, thus providing the restart your system may need, if you’re feeling sluggish, groggy, weighed down, or even consistently ill.
All three of these products are “white pants approved,” meaning they won’t keep you on the in the loo for hours on end. Rather, you can enjoy them during the day and reap the benefits almost immediately.
Yogi’s Roasted Dandelion Spice Tea is one of my favorite teas for both it’s flavor and its benefits. It is best drank hot, as it has a subtle flavor that can be easily lost when chilled of poured over ice. The flavor is similar to that of Chai, but without the milk or the intensity. Each bag can be steeped at least two times.
The It Works! Cleanse® is a two day (four bottles) blend of herbs, fruits, Blue Agave extract, and Aloe Vera gel. The flavor is a bit fruity, as expected and best enjoyed chilled. As per the instructions, you enjoy one bottle in the morning and one at night for two days.
Admittedly, flavor wise this is my least favorite of the three listed here. However, I may not be the best judge of that, considering I don’t often enjoy berry flavored things. Nonetheless, the benefits are amazing. I typically drink this tea when I’m experiencing stomach upset or bloating issues. I prefer it hot and can typically get one large 12 to 18 oz steep from each bag.
Which pick is best for weight loss? It depends.
Cleansing and detoxing for weight loss
The whole point of cleansing and detoxing is for weight loss, right? Well, kind of. Remember what I said about our bodies working efficiently? That comes into play here.
When our bodies are working at their best, they have a tendency to crave less sweets and salty snacks, and we tend not to overeat. If you find yourself doing either of these things, it may be time to incorporate one or more of the cleanses above. The one that’s best depends on your current issues and your goals.
If your goal is to digest foods better, reduce bloating, and feel less weighed down, I strongly suggest the Yogi Cinnamon Berry Probiotic Tea.
If you want to lose weight and reduce the appearance of your midsection, I strongly advise the It Works! Cleanse®.
If you want to feel more energized and less groggy, I recommend the Yogi Roasted Dandelion Spice Tea.
None of these products are aimed at weight loss, though I and others, including my fiance, have dropped pounds when incorporating these products.
Weight loss using the Probiotic Tea averaged 1 to 2 lbs, the Roasted Dandelion averaged 3 to 5 lbs and the Cleanse® 7 to 10 lbs and a slimmer midsection. All of these were results in two to three days.
As I said, these products are not intended to be used to lose weight per se, but rather to get your body working more efficiently.
When your body is working well, the pounds come off.
I’d love to hear how any of the products above are or have worked for you. Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave any questions or suggestions you may have. Until next time!