A healthy body needs a healthy lifestyle. This is the mantra we all try follow as we try to create a routine for ourselves to give our body the nutrients and energy it needs. Some of us may spend lunches deciding whether a healthy salad will be satisfying, while others of us try to determine whether we’ve been walking around campus enough to be deserving of a delectable cheeseburger (with fries and a milkshake to match). Once again, we find ourselves struggling with how to get on a healthy track; one that’ll keep us away from feeling like we need late night donuts and steer us far away from choosing Netflix over a trip to the gym.
Being healthy doesn’t mean cutting out everything with sugar, or working out for hours on end. I’m not a fitness or health guru, but to me healthy means finding a balance for your own body where you feel energized without feeling deprived. Each body is different, but there might be a single step in the right direction for us all.
When I came across Your Tea, created by Dr. Nat Kringoudis, I was skeptical. I thought to myself, “…so this must be the latest health craze.” Its reviews, however, seemed promising, and I couldn’t help but take a sip for myself. Your Tea has created a variety of teas ranging from their famous Tiny Tea teatox to their Skin Magic Tea. They even hit all of the bases by creating Man Tea.
I took a try at the 14-day Tiny Tea teatox, and in all honestly, I think the methods behind crafting this tea are truly admirable. This tea uses traditional Chinese medicine principles to bring your body back to its original healthy self. That sounds great and all, but what does that mean exactly? It means that in our modern world, it’s almost become commonplace for stress, sugars, fats, emotions and inactivity to take a large toll on the way our bodies should be functioning internally.
This tea’s main purpose is not to make you lose weight, and that’s a good thing because it does not contain any laxatives such as Senna and many other brands you know. This tea comprised of Jue Ming Zi, He Ye, Shan Zha, Lai Fu Zi, Chen Pi and Mai Ya aims to create a natural solution to the toxins that are invading our bodies through digestion. If we aren’t digesting properly, we tend to crave more food (even the chocolate bars) to satisfy what our body needs. This, however, just makes it worse because when our body is creating adipose tissues (fats storage) to keep our body safe, it tucks toxins into itself as fat deposits into your arms, bottom, thighs and more as a way of protecting us from their harmful effects.
I am a lover of tea, but also a lover of coffee with just enough caffeine to get me through the day. When I went through this teatox, however, I found that I didn’t need the extra jolt that I usually look for in my cappuccino. I found myself feeling motivated and energized to go for a run, or to go to my 8 a.m. yoga class. I saw decreased bloating, and even though I wasn’t trying to lose weight, I noticed that I dropped a few pounds anyways. This tea made me feel more alert and readier to commit to other health habits such as including more fruit in my diet and making sure those veggies weren’t fed to a dog under the table.
In all honesty, I had fun. I loved opening the little tea box and picking out a cute pink packet of tea, and smelling it’s warmth all around my room. Not only that, but a portion of the money I spent at Your Tea, was donated towards Charitea, a foundation created by the company that donates the money raised to a different organization every month, all the while still keeping each teabag less expensive than a Starbucks Green Tea Latte. I’m not saying that this tea will change your life because it affect each body differently, but if you’re looking for a small step to help you get on track, this might be the one.