Beat the Bloat + Teatox Take 1: YourTea

Here's a picture of me, drinking tea.

Well, it's official. Bikini season is here. It came quickly and it'll go quickly (summer always goes by way too fast) but all I know for sure is that it is just the time to sit outside and do absolutely nothing.

A lot of questions I get are about the causes of bloating and how to combat it. Now this can be a major issue during the summer season; no one wants a food baby popping out of their bikini!

Below, I have compiled a list of causes of bloating and how to combat it, followed by a review on my recent YourTea Tiny Teatox!


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CAUSES:


  • Not drinking enough water

  • Eating too quickly  

  • Swallowing airup to half of the gas trapped in the digestive system is swallowed air caused by habits like chewing
gum, drinking carbonated fizzy drinks and drinking through a straw.

  • 'Sugar-free' foods: some artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol and xylitol aren't digested but rather fermented by 
bacteria in the gut which in turn can lead to bloating.

  • Eating too much at once

  • Eating standing up: eat sitting down to speed up digestion.

  • Too much sodium: sodium can cause the body to retain excess fluid.

  • Health issues: stomach bloating can be the result of health issues such as IBS, dairy intolerances and wheat allergies. 


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SOLUTIONS:


  • Slow down and enjoy your meals! your meals should last at least 30 minutes. By chewing your food slowly, your meal
will be more satisfying. Top tip: use chopsticks!

  • Eat smaller meals more often

  • Limit these foods from your diet: "sugar free" artificially sweetened foods, foods high in sodium, carbonated drinks, 
chewing gum.

  • Eat more of these anti-bloating foods:

- asparagus: acts as a natural diuretic + is a prebiotic (eat grilled or shaved in salads).
- ginger: an anti-inflammatory and digestive aid (grate into fresh juice + smoothies, toss into a salad).
- dandelion greens: a prebiotic, anti-inflammatory and extremely nutrient dense (use in tea or salads).
- lemon: aids the digestion and provides vitamin C (put a slice in your morning tea).
- cucumber + watermelon: both of which contain a high water content.
- green tea: boosts metabolism + reduces bloating.
- bananas: high in potassium which can help to reverse the bad effects of sodium.
- yogurts: a prebiotic.

  • Teatox! read more below.

  • Keep a note of what you are eating: take note of what foods you are eating that seem to make you more bloated. 
Sometimes, a bloated stomach can be a sign of a food intolerance (gluten, wheat, dairy, shellfish, eggs, peanuts,
tree nuts, soya products etc). If you think you may be intolerant to one of these foods, consult your doctor.



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TEATOX:

Okay, so I think this may very well have been my longest introduction to a blog post yet. Now getting to the main point of this post: teatoxes.




WHO ARE YOURTEA?

YourTea are a company that produce a range of tea blends derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine principles. The YourTea mantra is 'all about nourishing the body, mind and spirit...with tea.' 




YOURTEA VARITIES?

There are two YourTea ranges:

➳ MOOD RANGE: Happy Tea, Energy Tea, Sleep Tea, Hangover Tea 
➳ BODY RANGE: Skin Magic Tea, Antioxidant Tea, Fertility Tea, Her Tea, Anti-C Tea, Man Tea, Tiny Tea



TINY TEA TEATOX:

The Tiny Tea blend nourishes and gently cleanses your digestive system. The unique ingredients:
- help to reduce bloating
- clear the skin
- improve energy
- remove toxins
- improve energy levels
- get rid of surplus weight

I got the 28 day teatox which contained 84 tea bags. The tea, soaked in hot water for 5-7 minutes, is to be taken three times a day 30 minutes before/after each meal. The tea should be taken alongside a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise.



TASTE:

I found the taste of this tea to be surprisingly pleasant. The herbal ingredients (oolong tea, hue ming zi, he ye, shan aha, lai fu zi, chen pi + mai ya) provide a mild earthy taste, my fondness of which grew as my teatox progressed. If you don't like the taste of the tea, simply add up to 1tsp honey or a slice of lemon.

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EFFECTIVENESS:

I was skeptical at first about the teatox but I was again pleasantly surprised. After the first week of my teatox, I began to see improvements in my skin (my skin had been quite bad beforehand due to exam stress) and in the following weeks, I definitely noticed a significant reduction in bloating and improvement in my energy levels. 

I started my tea during the last couple of weeks of university (practically no sleep, constant snacking, stress levels through the roof... you know the drill) and I think the tea helped to keep me balanced and get back to my usual self in the two weeks following. 

It has now been around a month since I finished my teatox and I am still seeing some of the benefits. I know from reading other reviews of this product, it seems to have different effects/benefits for different people but then everyone is different so this has to be expected!

I would definitely recommend trying this tea for yourself, perhaps starting off with the 14 day teatox which is a bit pricey at £20.00 (around 50p per teabag) but YourTea post regular offers and discounts on their instagram page.



As it is summer and sometimes unbearable to drink hot tea, I also found it works well as iced tea. Simply leave the tea to cool and put in a cocktail shaker with some ice, fresh mint and a bit of honey/agave if desired. I also experimented adding fresh fruit juice to the mix ... pomegranate and cranberry worked well!


As I am a graphic designer, I also just have to mention one more thing... how pretty is the packaging?! I love the black and white illustrations and the bright bursts of pink. I'm definitely keeping the box now the tea is finished! 


And what better way to relax than with a nice cup of tea. So British ;)

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In the next couple of months, I will also be trying the CLEANcheats teatox and the Teami Blends teatox. I will write a review on each of these and then bring all of my teatox reviews into one post for a comparison! So if you want to try a teatox in the near future, stay tuned!

Have you tried the YourTea teatox? What's your opinion?





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