The recipe below is one of the best tea detoxes for weight loss you can make at home.
Every ingredient in the weight loss detox tea cleanse recipe has a long history of traditional use that is also supported by modern science.
For a natural, effective, safe and gentle cleanse using whole foods and herbs you can easily find at your local store.
Main benefits: the ingredients in the detox tea work together to boost metabolism, promote weight loss, increase energy, supress hunger, improve digestion as well as to detox and cleanse the body.
Use the detox tea hot or cold as a natural healthy way to detox and cleanse your body and support your weight loss plan.
Best Tea Detoxes For Weight Loss : Summary Of Evidence
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Weight Loss Detox Tea Cleanse Recipe
Since we published the recipe, we have received many suggestions. See the different options and top tip from our members in the section below. You may want to adjust the detox tea recipe based on your personal preferences and needs.
Drink first thing in the morning and up to four times a day. Always drink on an empty stomach, one hour before or after other meals or drinks.
Weight Loss Detox Tea Cleanse Recipe
Detox Tea Ingredients
- 1 cup spring water
- 1 bag organic green tea
- 1-2 inches ginger root
- 1 oz goji berries
- ½ small lemon
- pinch cayenne pepper optional
- a few drops of stevia or monkfruit optional
- non alcoholic vanilla extract to taste optional
- 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil optional
- anti stress herbs optional
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder optional
- pinch ground black pepper optional
- Peel the ginger root and cut to thin slices.
- Boil the ginger in water for 5 minutes with the goji berries. If you like to use cayenne pepper powder, add a dash (no more than ¼ tsp).
- Reduce the heat, cover and allow the to simmer for additional 5-10 minutes.
- Strain the tea into your tea cup.
- Add the green tea bag for 2-5 minutes.
- Remove the tea bag. Squeeze the juice of ½ lemon (optional) into the tea.
- Add a few drops of stevia / monkfruit.
- Add the vanilla extract (optional).
- Drink first thing in the morning and up to four times a day. Always drink on an empty stomach, one hour before or after other meals or drinks.
Weight Loss Detox Tea : Top Tips From Our Members
Weight Loss Detox Tea : Iced Tea Version
The detox tea also tastes great when it is cold. This can help to hydrate your body during summer, as well as a healthy alternative to sugary beverages and sodas.
A popular effective way to make the cold version of the detox tea:
- Place the detox tea in a mason jar or other glass container.
- Add 32 ounces (about 1 liter) of cool water.
- Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- If you have digestive issues such as bloating or gas, add 1 tablespoon of raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar.
- You may add 2-3 more bags of organic green tea. No need to heat again, just place the green tea bags in the container.
Apple cider vinegar on its raw unpasteurized form, is well known to naturally detox and cleanse the body. According to research, apple cider vinegar has the ability to regulate blood sugar levels, promote satiation after a meal, regulate lipid metabolism in the liver, and support healthy kidneys and liver function [1,2,3].
If you have never tried to drink apple cider vinegar before, start with 1 teaspoon first in this recipe.
To Boost Energy & Manage Stress
Many of our members like to add 1 dropper of Dr. Group’s Ginseng Fuzion just before they drink the tea, which includes the adaptogenic herbs ashwagandha and ginseng.
- Ginseng is well known for its ability to naturally stimulate energy production in the muscles, improve fats metabolism, and reduce appetite [4,5] .
- Several studies found that ashwagandha can decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass, support healthy body weight management and reduce stress and anxiety [6,7].
Keto or Low Carb Diet : Coconut Oil
If you follow a low carb, paleo or keto diet, you may want to add 1 tablespoon of raw extra virgin coconut oil to the detox tea, just before you drink it. According to research, the body can quickly digest and use the coconut oil to produce energy. Taken before a workout, some evidence suggests that the MCT oils in coconut oil may also increase exercise performance .
If this is the first time you have coconut oil as a part of a drink, start with 1 teaspoon first in this recipe.
Detox Tea & Turmeric
While this may sound surprising, a lot of our members also like to add ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder to the hot detox tea recipe.
Turmeric for weight loss?
Turmeric has a very distinct taste that not everyone likes. For this reason, if you are not a big fan of the way turmeric tastes, you may want to not include it as a part of this recipe.
If on the other hand, you like turmeric, you may want to also combine it with black pepper. According to research, piperine, the major active component in black pepper, can enhance the bioavailability of curcumin. This combination has a long traditional use that is also backed up by science. According to one study, piperine increased the bioavailability of curcumin by 2000%. .
Best Tea Detoxes For Weight Loss : Main Ingredients
Green Tea Weight Loss
Main benefits: promotes fat loss, suppresses appetite.
There’s a good reason why the best tea detoxes for weight loss usually contain green tea. Multiple studies found that green tea can increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation at rest and during exercise, promote weight loss and improve insulin sensitivity [15, 16].
According to research, green tea weight loss benefits are due to two components in green tea: catechins polyphenols, and caffeine. The researchers believe that both the catechins and caffeine in green tea work in synergy together to decrease body weight more effectively than each of these alone [17,18,19].
For this reason, for best weight loss benefits, we prefer unprocessed green tea with naturally occurring caffeine, over decaffeinated green tea.
If you prefer to drink oolong tea instead of green tea, the research data also suggests you may still get some weight loss benefits .
We recommend to stick with green tea though, as the number of evidence for its weight loss benefits is higher.
Main benefits: promotes weight loss, improves digestion, detoxes liver & kidneys.
Another reason you may find ginger as a key ingredient in many detox teas, is that ginger is well known as a natural traditional remedy for digestive issues such as constipation, bloating, excess gas, indigestion, nausea and vomiting .
Furthermore, ginger may also help to naturally detox and cleanse the kidneys and liver. According to research, ginger has the ability to protect kidneys from different toxins, regulate liver enzymes, control liver inflammation and reduce the risk to develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [28,29,30].
Main benefits: stimulates digestion, detoxes and cleanses the body.
Drinking warm water with lemon juice in the morning is an ancient ayurvedic practice to stimulate digestion and detox the body. According to research, lemon juice may also support the liver and kidneys [31,32].
Some evidence suggests that lemon polyphenols can modulate lipid metabolism and therefore may help to suppress body weight gain .
Most health experts and nutrition experts, however, do not consider lemon juice as an effective weight loss tool.
For this reason, the main reason we still recommend to include lemon juice as a part of the detox tea recipe, is due to its cleansing and detoxifying benefits.
Main benefits: boosts metabolism, suppresses appetite.
Multiple studies suggest that capsaicin, the active components responsible for the spiciness of cayenne pepper, has the potential to boost metabolism, increase thermogenesis and lipid oxidation, suppress appetite, and boost the metabolism [34,35,36,37].
In this detox tea recipe, however, we have cayenne pepper as an optional ingredient. The reason is that not everyone can tolerate cayenne pepper in a drink.
A lot of people do enjoy the cayenne kick flavor. Quite a few people, however, experience stomach pain after they add cayenne pepper to the detox tea. For this reason, if you want to try the cayenne pepper option, start with just a dash to see if you can tolerate the cayenne on an empty stomach.
Main benefits: detoxes and cleanse liver & kidneys, supports healthy weight loss and vision, anti-aging.
Goji berries or wolfberries (Lycium barbarum) are ones of the best known and admired berries in the traditional chinese medicine. According to the evidence, for more than 2000 years, goji berries have been used to detox and cleanse the liver and kidneys, control weight, support healthy vision and promote anti-aging .
Modern science found that the active polysaccharides in goji berries have promising potential health benefits including anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, anti-fatigue, anti-diabetic, antiviral and others. For this reason, you may see more and more studies that evaluate the therapeutic and health-promoting effects of goji berries .
In traditional chinese medicine, tea is one of the most preferred carriers of goji berries. In addition to their health benefits, in this detox tea, goji berries add natural sweetness despite being very low in sugar content.