There is more that can be done with your Tiny Teatox tea bags than just soaking them in water!
Save up your Tiny Teatox tea bags for 2 days, keeping them in the fridge until you're ready to use.
Once you've collected 6 or so tea bags - you can open the bags and add the herbal contents into a soup/stew or hotpot.
The taste of the Tiny Tea ingredients aren't overbearing so they shouldn't compromise or override the taste of your dish.
The herbs will continue to do an amazing task of cleansing your insides, reducing bloat and nourishing your system when consumed along with a dish.
Due to the fact the Tiny Tea herbs have already been watered down - there won't be any danger of overloading on Tiny Tea!
Our bodies are complex units. Everything is interlinked and your body demands harmony from all of its organs.
A number of internal and external factors can upset our organs and digestive system as a whole – here are the top 10 factors to try and control/reduce exposure to:
Take the time to get to know your body and figure out what works for YOU!
The first meal when you wake up in the morning should be one that gently welcomes your body awake, providing it with nutrients and stamina to tackle the day.
Eating a warm breakfast such as porridge, eggs, warm beans etc – will do exactly this.
Starting your day with cold, sugary cereal, or fruit and yoghurt – is much like throwing some water on your face when trying to sleep!
It is a total shock to the system!
For most, eating a cold meal for breakfast will slow down your digestive system for the rest of the day. In addition, the extra energy your body uses to digest the cold meal, means less energy for your body to perform every day tasks.
So go on, try it out for a week or so and see how you feel X
As you’ve probably read before – smoothies don’t always work brilliantly with everyone’s digestive system. As they are cold, the body needs to stop, warm the smoothie and continue with digestion. Not only does this digestive process take a lot longer than if you were to have a warm meal – it also expends a lot of energy from the body… energy that you could have otherwise retained!
For those of you who are partial to eating warm, cooked foods yet still can’t part with your smoothie; pop the smoothie on the stove – or in the microwave – and heat until ‘lukewarm’. The taste and nutritional quality won’t be compromised.
You can literally have your cake and eat it too!
Especially in the colder months, this is a great option to avoid the bloat and lethargy that you may experience after consuming a smoothie.
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As many of you may have read, our TinyTeatox ingredients are very different to the typical 'weight loss' teas out there on the market.
TinyTeatox contains ingredients that work intricately within the body to nourish the digestive system, lift dampness, phlegm and promote toxin removal. This process does not involve the use of heavy, damaging laxatives.
As we feel so passionate about this topic - we had Nat Kringoudis (our YourTea ambassador and qualified Chinese Medicine Practitioner) write a detailed blog about the actual physical ramifications laxatives have on the body.
Why laxative teas don’t work
A good ‘flush out’ doesn’t actually equate to weight loss – so why is it that so many weight loss teas are based on laxatives to do the job? Laxatives actually bulk up and swell the stool sitting in the intestine, which in turn irritates the bowel and starts the process of purging. The main reason this is a huge health issue and not useful for weight loss is that because less water is absorbed from the bowel which increases the amount of water actually in your stool. Used over a period of time can severely deplete body fluids and be damaging to the body.
Teas made with laxative ingredients undoubtedly give the intestines a clear out. However to think that stimulating the bowel can be useful in weight loss doesn’t actually make sense. Since digestion begins in your mouth, by the time your food has reached your bowels, it has been broken down and partially digested. By softening it in the later stages of the intestines is virtually useless as a weight loss technique since the process of digestion has been already in action. What’s more, using these kinds of teas long term are ineffective as they lead to dehydration. They will prevent the body from absorbing essential nutrients and over a period of time, you’ll end up eating more as your body goes into survival mode – that’s the worst kind of weight loss technique I’ve ever heard of!
From a Chinese Medicine perspective, when we take teas with laxative effects, we further weaken the spleen function. Other symptoms of a weak spleen lead to fatigue, stomach pain, emotional upset, dizziness and poor memory. A weak functioning spleen, will have trouble extracting nutrients from food which will eventually lead to severe overall depletion. For women, it creates a level of complexity around their menstrual cycle too.
Safe and effective weight loss that is correctly supported by maximizing the spleen function is far more effective. The results are long lasting as the body continues to be supported since adequate vitamins and minerals are being assimilated. When the body is nutritionally satisfied, we don’t crave foods and we eat less. This also comes back to eating the right foods (remember warm and cooked foods are best). Correct food combination, exercise, adequate fluid intake and your tea provide a wonderful weight loss formula.
Read more of Nat's blogs and advise on her links below:
In a nutshell, for the body to process foods properly, the gut must first heat food up to 37 degrees before it can even begin to think about digesting and pulling nutrients from food and drink. In Chinese medicine we use the analogy of a pot (being the stomach) sitting on a fire (the spleen) for this process to occur. Now, if we are always eating cold and raw foods, this digestive fire eventually weakens because of the nature of these cold raw foods; they place strain on the system and slow everything down. Eventually, the body will stop drawing nutrients out because it doesn’t have the energy to do so. When the body stops processing these foods adequately, we can see weight gain occur because;
a. the nutrients aren’t being supplied to the body which
b. makes us crave food and eat more as the body tries to nourish itself.
It’s a disastrous circle.
You’re forgiven in thinking that smoothies tick all the right boxes – they can be nutrient rich and you can put almost anything in them and consume on the go. Sounds like the perfect meal! Problem is, they are a mixture of raw fruit and veggies blended with ice. They are cold. They are super hard to digest and often very high in sugar which also leads to weight gain. You may be starting to see why your smoothie may be causing you to gain weight rather than lose it!
Protein shakes fall under the same category and can be a huge trap, not only are they generally consumed very cold, they are often used as a meal replacement. Your body actually likes digesting proper food. It’s an important part of the digestive process and keeps your metabolism kicking along – a key part of the weight loss process!
There’s one other factor we need to consider at this party and that is our environment. We are a product of our environment and so, if we are living in a very cold climate, it is even less suitable to be drinking cold raw smoothies. In the summer months or for those of us who live in warm areas, the body may be better equipped to consume smoothies – but for the rest of the time, I recommend leaving smoothies alone.
So if your body is communicating to you by way of weight gain and sluggish digestion, it’s time to listen. One easy way of giving that gut of yours a big boost is by adding Your Tea to the party. Not only is it warm making for happy digestion, it contains ingredients to further aid the body leading to weight loss. In fact, weight loss is almost a side effect of the tea blend because it’s main action is to get the digestive system firing. With this, weight loss becomes effortless.
Always be mindful of decoding your bodies message. It’s a very powerful clue into what works for you!
Chinese Medicine Practitioner
As many of you will know, there are a number of steps involved to achieving the body you desire.
Drinking our teas will assist you and get this process started.
For many, drinking our tea will be enough to achieve results… for others though; a modification of diet and exercise is needed.
You may have seen us rave on about “eating foods that are gentle on the digestive system” – including suggestions such as avoiding raw fruits and vegetable, warming all foods and avoiding sugar.
Many of you have taken on these suggestions and have reaped the rewards, aesthetically and physically.
One of our customers in particular has a great story.
She completed our 14 day TinyTeatox and reported back to us that she hadn’t felt or noticed many changes.
We passed on some eating suggestions and diet changes to her as recommended by our resident Chinese Doctor, Nat Kringoudis.
Lynn took this advice on board and made many positive changes to her eating and everyday lifestyle choices.
Lynn emailed us recently and told us this: “Thank you so much for getting me in touch with Nat. I greatly appreciate it. I have been putting Nat’s advice to work and have lost about 4 kg:)”
Lynn’s story really highlights the importance of complimenting our teas with our eating suggestions.
For your body to function properly, your digestive system needs to be nourished. Feel free to read the blog from Nat Kringoudis below, which explain the basic concept of the digestive system.
All of our eating suggestions, tips and even recipes can be found at http://www.yourtea.com/blogs/healthytips and recipes athttp://www.yourtea.com/blogs/recipes
If you’re interested in reading more on the importance of nourishing your digestive system with Chinese Medicine then head across to Nat Kringoudis' website where she provides a huge amount of information on how you can optimise your health and wellbeing!
Digestion in a nutshell by Nat Kringoudis
“Allow me to explain to you from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective how the digestive system likes to work. Imagine if you will a pot of soup, sitting on a fire. In TCM, both the spleen and stomach are the organs responsible for digestion; they transform and transport to the body the essential elements of the food and drink we consume. The nutrients they draw from food are sent out around the body to do good – and the waste product are removed and sent out as waste.
So going back to our pot again. To help you best understand, the stomach is the ‘pot’ and the spleen is the ‘fire.’ Therefore you may like to understand that digestion is a process that requires warm energy. Then lets add another layer to this – you may know that all foods have properties in how they behave energetically in the body. Those which are warming and invigorating (think meat proteins, some legumes, chili and alike) and those that are cold (like melons and berries) which can slow down such processes.
For those who have a cold constitution, (you know these people, they’d sit on the radiator and would bear burn marks if they had to ) adding more cold to the pot can be disastrous and equally those who are hot, adding more heat isn’t necessarily ideal either ( it can lead to all kinds of issues like period pain or headaches). So you can quickly start to see, that what works for your cousins uncles baby sitter, won’t necessarily work for you. And just because Miranda Kerr thrives on juice, doesn’t necessarily mean you do too.
Now I’m mad for a good green juice – but what you might not realize is that not only do I take notice of what works best for my body, I also factor in the seasons too. That means that warm foods are awesome in winter when its cold and you can generally tolerate more raw foods in the summer. Adding nutrient packed juices into my diet is seasonal. What’s more, raw foods can be very heavy – as Jess touched on in the segment an over consumption can be linked to weight gain because once again, it puts the ‘fire’ out.
From a Western sense, we may like to look at it like this. Our bodies digest food at 37 degrees. So when we consume raw and uncooked foods, not only does it have to go to work to digest, but it first has to get the temperature of the food up to 37 before it can effectively deal with it. For some people this is no problem. But for those with a sluggish metabolism this can be disastrous."
We will put it out there - raw food and your digestive system defiantly aren't a match made in heaven.