Over the last 14 days, I tried out Bootea Teatox. I hadn’t tried a teatox cleanse before – so if you found this review looking for a comparison of teatox brands, I won’t be overly helpful sorry! For me the cleanse was not primarily aimed at weight loss, therefore, I didn’t record a before/after weight, I decided to try the Teatox to reduce my digestion issues with bloating.
During the teatox, there are two different types of loose tea; 14 daytime teabags, and 7 bedtime teabags. Both contain natural ingredients. Please note that it is packed in a factory that handles nuts, so best to avoid this brand if you are allergic.
The ingredients are as follows;
Chinese oolong tea, mate leaves, ginger root, fennel seeds, lemongrass, dandelion leaf, ginseng root, gotu kola leaves, nettle leaves
Senna leaves, peppermint leaves, fenugreek seeds, liquorice root, burdock root, hawthorn leaves, valerian root, psyllium seeds
Bootea claims that “I’ll perform a much needed, intensive cleanse of your digestive system to help achieve the results you want. I’ll leave you feeling energised and motivated to reach your goals.” It quite eloquently described as a cleanse at this simply means that it will cleanse your colon i.e. it will give a laxative effect after consumption.
This main ingredient that is known to create this effect is the Senna Leaves in the bedtime tea. It works up to 8 hours after consumption, therefore you’ll see the effect the morning after the night cleanse, so for the sake of not feeling uncomfortable it might be best to make sure there is a loo nearby the next day! (I was tattooed the day after a bedtime cleanse during the teatox, and was absolutely fine but just be wary for the first time as this might not always be the case.)
Now here is where all modesty will be thrown out the window so I can be fully honest. I didn’t find the side effects to be overly distressing, rather it would just be easier to ‘go’. I did however experience stomach cramps a few times during the teatox. The difference in my usual routine that I noticed was that I felt rather dehydrated, thus I ended up increasing my water intake and needed to pee more. This probably helps with the flushing effect of the cleanse. After a few days, I was significantly less bloated than usual which is massive positive and what I was predominately aiming for. I believe that the reason I did not find severe side effects from the tea is because I only let the tea infuse for up to 3 minutes – never longer. Furthermore, some of the ingredients such as ginger root & peppermint leaves settle upset stomachs. All-in-all the tea does it job well, and if you coincide the cleanse with the healthy eating plan that Bootea recommend on their website it really does help with bloating.
But the largest concerning matter is that when you read up and check the online FAQs, Bootea states that the daytime tea can interfere with the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill. This is probably related to any laxative effects from the morning tea, just to be on the safe side you may as well use condoms in the duration of the teatox, or perhaps take the pill in the evening instead. It is a problem that is easily dealt with but I think that Bootea should label this more clearly on the box. Many people (myself included) can pick the box up in Holland & Barrett’s to try out a tea cleanse for the first time, but might not have a look through the FAQs before starting the cleanse.
In my opinion, the daytime tea tasted much nicer than the bedtime, I liked the herbal taste with hints of ginger and lemongrass. I felt the smell of the bedtime tea was off-putting, although the peppermint leaves made it bearable to drink. If you drink a lot of herbal or green tea Bootea will be up your street for sure. Personally, I started to really miss drinking my usual tea or coffee during the cleanse. But I’m considering drinking more green tea again as there is numerous health benefits associated with green tea. Plus I love the taste of fruity green tea!
Would I purchase the product again? Perhaps, after trying TinyTea for a comparison.
Have you tried a teatox before? – was it a positive or negative experience?