Posts tagged herbal teas
When Drinking Herbal Tea is Not a Healthy Choice
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A lot of us think that we’re making a healthier choice by having herbal tea instead of other drinks like soda and coffee. While that’s theoretically true, the type of herbal teas we’re drinking might be undermining our efforts for optimal health.

For instance, a lot of people love Teavana – after all, how can one resist their exotic blends like “Pineapple Kona Pop” and “Berry Kiwi Colada”?

Unfortunately, their teas contain artificial flavouring (chemicals) and a lot of them also contained sugared pieces of fruit. To make things worse, people often add their rock sugar into their teas to sweeten it even more. The end result – a cup filled with chemicals and refined sugar.

Teas with “natural flavouring” are no better. Food additives or by-products of food additives can compose part of a natural flavour (even though they are chemicals!)

Furthermore, according to the Canada Food Inspection Agency, “substances which impart flavours which have been derived from a plant or animal source, may be claimed to be ‘natural’”. The United States has a similar definition.

So, you could be a vegetarian or vegan that unconsciously consumes animal products by drinking teas that have been naturally flavoured.

In addition, something like high-fructose corn syrup, which is plant derived (and terrible for your health), may be composing part of the “natural flavour” in your herbal tea.

Since the ingredients that compose the natural flavour are not listed, you really have no idea what you are consuming. Scary!

This issue is even more terrifying if you might have an allergy to a substance that a natural flavour is derived from. Since companies are not required to specify what composes the natural flavour of their products, you won’t know whether you are consuming a substance you might be allergic to (until you break out in hives, your throat closes up and you cannot breathe!) The legal ramifications? None – sadly, as the companies are complying with labeling regulations. Thus far, initiatives for legislative reform of labeling requirements have been unsuccessful.

What should you do?

Stop drinking any herbal teas with artificial or natural flavouring – once in a while might be okay (unless you have an allergy – in which case, it’s probably best to stay clear) but they should not be consumed on a daily basis. If you do, you’ll be adding on to your toxic load.

Here are some of my suggestions for healthy herbal teas that can be consumed on a daily basis and have therapeutic value for your chakras and overall health:

The Sahara Tea Company has many teas that are healthy and taste great (they’re actually my favourite). The blends I like are 100 Mysteries, Samarkand and Beautiful Foolishness.

I am also a huge fan of The Honest Leaf. I love the “Fresh” blend.

Some of David’s Teas are safe, including their organic green rooibos, organic rooibos, and organic silk dragon jasmine tea.

Rishi Tea also has lots of options. I like their white ginseng detox tea and ginger lime rooibos tea.

You can also have Traditional Medicinals. Their Ginger Aid is a great digestive tea.

Happy “safe” herbal tea drinking! 🙂

Tips for a Comfortable Detox
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I simultaneously love and dread detoxing. I know that the end result is amazing (e.g. better digestion, clear skin, more energy) but the process of getting there is hard work.

Here are my tips for enabling a comfortable detoxing experience:

Drink A LOT of Water
Your system needs to eliminate all the junk it’s carrying and drinking water will assist with this. If you don’t drink enough water, you’ll find yourself feeling fatigued, weak and cloudy minded.

Incorporate Herbal Teas
You can get bored of drinking only water and vegetable juices during a detox. Herbal teas add some variety to your beverage intake and contain healing properties (check out my previous post “Healing with Herbal Teas” for some of my favourites).

Exercise
Exercising will assist your body with its elimination functions and provide you with physical strength during your detox.

Be Patient
You will likely feel worse before you get better. Be patient. In my experience it takes more than a week before you notice a difference that actually feels good. Don’t abandon a detox just because you don’t see any positive results immediately.

Assist Your Skin In Detoxing
There’s no point in getting rid of chemicals in your body if you’re going to be slathering more of them on to your skin! Use natural skin products. Here’s a link to my post on some of my favourites.

I also recommend taking sea salt baths with essential oils. The sea salt assists in drawing out impurities from your skin.

You can also use a dry skin brush prior to bathing. This stimulates your skin’s circulation, which assists in getting rid of surface toxins. Focus on lymph node areas, using gentle, circular motions.

Pay Attention To Your Emotions
When you detox, things that normally bug you can magnify times ten. This is one of the reasons I hate and love detoxing – it forces us to confront those emotions that we usually stuff down with comforting, unhealthy foods. If you address the underlying emotions that are causing you to reach for unhealthy foods and substances, you will be able to commit to reducing or eliminating their intake entirely.

Get Energy Healing
Energy healing can assist with clearing out negative emotions that arise during your detox and can provide energetic support to your body’s elimination systems. I have tried detoxing with and without energy healing and noticed a huge difference. With energy healing, I had less physical discomfort, greater mental clarity and better emotional balance. I am pleased to report that my clients have noticed the same benefits.

By practicing the tips mentioned above, your detox can be a comfortable, healing experience. 🙂