Anyone who knows me will undoubtedly have had a brew with me at some point. I love tea. There’s something very comforting about a cuppa and I always find it brings people together. So, when I heard about a detox using different types of tea (a teatox, see what they did there) I knew I had to give it a go. The Teatox program is based around five different teas drunk at fives different times for five days. You continue to eat as usual although they recommended abstaining from alcohol. Again, anyone who knows me will undoubtedly have had an alcoholic beverage with me at some point, but miraculously I managed to abstain for all but one day! Midweek I was invited to the Jameson Cult Film Club with free expertly crafted Jameson cocktails… Free whiskey? How could I resist?!
Attic Tea has hand selected the finest quality tea and created a regimen to adhere to for the five days. Teas are packed full of antioxidants, phytonutrients and other chemicals which may have a profound effect on our health and well being. The company name is an acronym and stands for “All The Tea In China” and business began in 2006 when Ric Vaughn Davies and Anne Sheekey opened their first tea bar in Bristol.
Upon waking, the day begins with white tea, which is light, delicately flavoured and its relatively low caffeine content means it is perfect to rehydrate after a long night’s sleep. White tea is packed full of polyphenols which are phytonutrients and it is believed these chemicals are responsible for some of the health benefits of white tea – an improvement of cardiovascular function, antiviral, antibacterial. Catechins (a type of flavonoid) are another important chemical found in white tea and they have been linked to reducing the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and have antioxidant properties – they work at protecting the skin from UV damage. All the Attic Teas are of such high quality that you can re-steep the teabags on multiple occasions and the flavour will still be as fresh as the first time. I was slightly doubtful of this before I tried them but was pleasantly surprised to find that re-steeping could happen three or four times before it was time to move on to the next tea.
Tea number two is green tea, which is to be drunk midmorning. Green tea has a slightly higher caffeine content than white tea but is still hydrating and with its mild stimulating properties, it helps you to stay focused and mentally alert. Green tea is packed full of flavonoids and it is believed these flavonoids are antiallergenic, antibacterial and anti-carcinogenic. Some green teas I find too bitter even brewed using water below boiling (you are supposed to brew around 85 degrees) but this one had a light ever so slightly nutty flavour which saw me all the way through to lunch.
Post lunch and it’s time for Oolong tea, which has long been used by the Chinese as a digestion aid. It is a diuretic so it helps the body eliminate waste, it may also help the body to metabolise fat quicker and is known to help with a hangover as it reduces the alcohol levels in the blood. Black tea brings the working day to a close as it is said to help you unwind and relax. I’m used to drinking my black tea with milk and find my regular black tea far too bitter without milk, this one, however, was not bitter at all.
The last tea of the day was my favourite and one I had never tried before, Pu’erh tea. It comes in small solid “cakes” rather than loose leaves and has undergone a double fermentation process, firstly mildly oxidised and then microbial fermentation which is thought to create enzymes and microbes that have a positive effect on our health. The flavour is really earthy and quite strong, and although not listed as a property of the tea it did seem to aid a restful night’s sleep, as my sleep has been quite disturbed of late.
To finish the day, mineral salts infused with Jasmine tea pearls are included in the kit to aid the body with the detoxifying process and to help the body and mind unwind.
My plan is to incorporate these teas into my life to some extent as I really enjoyed the variety of flavours and at the end of the five days I felt more energised and alert although this could be to do with the better sleep rewarded to me during the teatox. With Christmas, the time of overindulgence approaching, I would recommend trying this post-Christmas as a detox with a difference, and why not incorporate Oolong into your day to help with burning all that food and nursing those hangovers over the festive season!