No, I’m not trying to lose weight but I do want to re-train my metabolism as well as introduce tea to compliment my vegetarian lifestyle. For the record, my weight has been pretty much steady in the last eight years or so, 105 lbs for a petite 5’1 gal, gaining 3-5 lbs during the holidays and losing 3-5 roundabout thereafter. So there, I have no zero desire to be lighter than my current state but I do like the idea of detoxifying the natural way!
If you enjoy tea more than coffee (my dope), you might have heard of Skinnymint Teatox. In a nutshell, it contains 100% natural and organic tea leaves categorized into day and night regimen, with distinctive tea ingredients each. The Morning Boost pack has 28 tea bags while Night Cleanse has 14 as you’re supposed to drink it every other night, or depending how your body reacts to it. More of my personal story later.
Am I able to start my day sans coffee? will this give me the cramps and runs? these are my initial apprehensions. Fear of the unknown you bet. With few tea bags left, I feel that I am now ready to tell you the high’s and low’s and see if this product will suit your needs vis-a-vis appeal to your taste.
Let’s start at 6:45 am. Zilla and furry baby up, we both go down for our breakfast. Between hot and iced, I prefer the latter for Morning Boost. Sometimes I mix it with sliced strawberries for added flair and flavor. I steep the bag for 2 minutes then pour it in a glass with cubed ice, as shown in the photo below.
Oh I enjoy this tea a lot! Refreshing and like coffee, it gives me the energy to start my day with zest. Looking at the short list of ingredients, mate and dandelion leaves are good antioxidants, green tea and nettle leaves boost immunity, and guarana seeds act as stimulants (each tea bag has 62mg caffeine compared to 90mg in 8 oz coffee). While guarana seeds are used by some manufacturers for weight loss, it is my responsibility to tell you that you can’t just rely on one single method to lose weight. Eat healthy and exercise. I speak from experience because I used to be chunky when I was in my mid to late 20s.
Let’s talk about Night Cleanse. If you read the ingredients again, you will see Senna leaf at the top of the list. Senna is a natural laxative, hence it will make you go depending on how much (or less) you consume it. I tried it on a weekend sans any plan of going out because I anticipated the discomfort, just in case. The first night I drank this, I experienced abdominal cramping eight hours after and used the bathroom three times the following morning. No runs but at the risk of giving you TMI, let’s just say “major cleansing happened”. Still with me?
Given my first trial, my PR contact advised me to lessen the steeping time (which I planned to do anyways) to one minute. I spaced it out so two nights after, that’s what I’ve done exactly. The following morning? no cramps, no runs but “minor cleansing” meaning, not as much poop. Quote unquote, take my word with grain of salt because my experience maybe different from yours. But because I work on weekdays and don’t want to be bothered by toilet issues when I’m out, I only drink this tea whenever I needed extra push. As vegetarian, my bowel habits are regular and honestly, what else is there to flush when my diet is basically composed of veggies every single day. Let’s review the other ingredients: ginger roots and peppermint aid in digestion, orange leaves and psyllium husk promote colon health, lemongrass is antibacterial, hawthorn berries help in circulation, and licorice root is a natural antacid.
Are you a tea-drinker or wants to introduce tea to your lifestyle? Skinnymint offers options for you. As with other herbal supplements, if you have health issues, pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s imperative to ask your doctor first.
Samples received in exchange of honest opinion.