Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Bootea Tea Detox Review

A note from Joelle... 
You're going to need a nice, big cuppa for this post... ironically! 
Bootea Tea Detox Review
Early this month, I told you that I am going on a Tea Detox Challenge for two weeks. I started on the 1st March and completed it on the 14th.

There is a mahooooosive hype around detox teas at the moment and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about! Just letting you know that this is not sponsored in any way - I bought the products with my own money and this is what I genuinely think.

What's in it? DaytimeChinese Oolong tea, Maté leaves, Ginger root, Fennel seeds, Lemon Grass, Dandelion leaf, Ginseng root, Gotu Kola leaves, Nettle leaves
NighttimeSenna leaves, Peppermint leaves, Fenugreek seeds, Liquorice root, Burdock root, Hawthorn leaves, Valerian root, Psyllium seeds

The Process - I drank a cup (I use one of those plastic travel mugs, so it was probably about 3 tumbler's worth!) of the daytime tea every morning with my breakfast (banana oat cake, fresh fruit and yogurt). I didn't strictly follow the PDF food plan because it contained a lot of dairy and carbs, which I didn't think would aid the detox.
Instead, I stuck with my mushroom soups, couscous salads and steamed veg with seafood.
I only ate meat twice (a few slices of chicken/pesto in a panini and in a pasta dish on day 13) and alcohol twice, but that was it, so I'm pretty proud of myself for not totally caving!
Every other night, I had to force myself to drink the night time tea, as I really disliked the smell and taste.
I don't want to give you TMI, but the senna leaves in the nighttime tea are strong laxatives, that's why the tea is consumed every other day. You will be needing the toilet during the night.

The Taste - The Daytime tea tasted really pleasant and gingery - I liked it. I let it brew in the hot water for about three minutes so that it got it's maximum flavour, then I sipped away. There was no laxative effect in this tea, just a nice refreshing feeling in the morning.
On the other hand, I really, really struggled with the Nighttime tea. For me, it tasted ghastly and no amount of honey/lemon would get rid of the weird aroma/taste. I have read lots of other Bootea reviews and lots of bloggers praise the 'peppermint/licorice' taste, but it's just not for me! I found holding my nose whilst sipping the only way to get it down, to be honest!

The Price - I think it's a bit dear for what it is to be honest. £19.99 for the two is actually a lot of money to spend on tea and even though the packaging is superb and the delivery is quick, the price is really steep (especially for students like me)!  

Did it work? - Well it did and it didn't and that's what I'm annoyed about. It sure did cleanse my system, due to the laxative ingredients!
I woke up each morning feeling fresh and revitalised (even though I had to make many loo trips in the night and morning...). 
The daytime tea helped to suppress my appetite and it stopped me from snacking on bad foods.
I also lost 1kg, which I'm quite chuffed about! It's not loads, but it's a nice start!

The Verdict - 3/5
It has to be this score because although my skin was made clearer and my system was refreshed, I don't think it was just down to the tea. The intense pilates I did as well as refraining from alcohol/meat and drinking bucket-loads of water played a bigger part, if I am honest.
I am not convinced that Bootea burns fat and improves quality of sleep (as it says on the website), but maybe it did that for someone else(?).
I am glad I tried it and found out if the teatox hype was good or not. Personally, I don't think it's for me as I'd rather stick to my fruit/herbal teas and not take in too many senna leaves. I recommend at least trying detox teas, as it might help you get into the swing of following a health plan and flushing out some toxins from your system!
If you want to intensely cleanse your body, this might be for you - but I would not recommend it to solely aid your weight loss.
Have you ever tried a tea detox package? What do you think of them?
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