Summer is the perfect time to hit the refresh button on your metabolism.
What better way to do it than with a detox recipe that’s not only super simple to make…but delicious, too! And, there’s a little-known secret about this recipe. Not only does it flush your system of toxins, it slows down the aging process to promote softer, younger-looking skin.
So what’s the secret to this age-defying, slimming recipe?
The secret is in the antioxidants. In short, antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation, meaning they help in the prevention of cellular damage AKA what causes you to age. This recipe has a total of 16 antioxidants that combine to give you amazing benefits!
When you drink this juicy, refreshing detox water packed with antioxidants, you’ll immediately notice a difference in how you feel.
Drink it every day for maximum results, and read about the details of each specific superfood ingredient to find out their benefits!
Half a cup of fresh sliced strawberries (about 4 sliced)
Half a cup of blueberries
3 mint leaves
Half the juice of a lemon
1 brewed cup of VIDA Tea Daytime blend
Place mint leaves at the bottom of a cup followed by three or four ice cubes, pour in blueberries, strawberries, squeeze in half a lemon then pour in a cup of the brewed VIDA Tea and enjoy!
Strawberries contain anthocyanin and catechin, which are powerful natural anti-aging chemical compounds. They are also anti-inflammatory, fight the damage of free radicals and promote brain and eye health. Strawberries are also high in vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese.
Blueberries are a secret antioxidant weapon, making it among the top foods for antioxidants. In addition to promoting growth of probiotics, which helps aid digestion, blueberries support heart health and restore hormone balance for clear, radiant skin. You can also find high levels of vitamin K and vitamin C levels in blueberries.
Why Mint Leaves?
Did you know mint has been used for centuries as an herb to speed up digestion? Mint also contains iron, fiber, vitamin A and potassium.
There’s a reason lemon is a detoxification staple. It jumpstarts your metabolism, promotes a healthy immune system and is packed with electrolytes and energy-boosting vitamins. The citrus bioflavonoids found in lemon have also been said to lower blood sugar and help prevent kidney stones.
Why VIDA Tea?
We’ve done a ton of research on detox teas, and the VIDA Tea brand is 100% USDA certified organic and uses all natural ingredients from plants, herbs and flowers. Each cup packs the essential vitamins and minerals extracted from chamomile, lemon myrtle, cinnamon and more. When combined, the ingredients activate to create a combination that flushes free-radicals and toxins, supports digestive health and naturally increases energy. Get your bags of VIDA Tea here. And if you’re still curious about how it works, I tested it out to see for myself…
I tried the VIDA Tea 28-Day Teatox, and here’s what happened…
I’ve seen the detox tea ads all over my Facebook, with the happy, smiling girls in their swimsuits, with their bags of tea at the beach, or in a floaty on the pool (I mean, doesn’t everyone bring their full bags of tea into the pool with them? Ha!) I’ve also read the ingredients and fine print on the back of the labels, and gave it a solid “nope” when I saw all the weird chemicals and stuff that you can’t pronounce in there. So, you can imagine I was ready to give VIDA Tea a solid eye-roll when we first got the stuff over at Yoga Lifestyles’ HQ. And then I read the ingredients.
The daytime blend has the following: organic puerh leaf, organic yerba mate, organic oolong, organic cinnamon, organic lemongrass, organic spearmint, natural orange flavor and organic senna leaf. And for the caffiene-free nighttime blend: organic chamomile flower, organic lemon myrtle, organic senna leaf, organic goji berries, organic ginger root, organic marshmallow root, organic cinnamon chips, vanilla natural flavoring, organic licorice root and organic strawberry leaf. That’s it. And you’ll notice nearly everything in there has ‘organic’ before it, making these tea blends 100% USDA certified organic. They’re also free of GMO’s, kosher, gluten-free and vegan.
You might be wondering: why would I spend my hard-earned dollars on this pretty-packed tea as opposed to the stuff found at the local grocery store for just a couple bucks? When you combine all these ingredients (which are perfectly-portioned in convenient little tea sachets) packed with 16 total powerful antioxidants, they activate together and give your body some serious TLC.
You could get each of these ingredients individually and create your own tea… but let’s be serious here, who has the time for that, PLUS you’d end up spending way more money getting all these ingredients together. I like my tea, but I’m no tea connoisseur. And by the way, these ingredients weren’t thrown together by accident. Each is packed with vitamins and antioxidants to create this powerful elixer that is VIDA Tea. If you’re curious, I’ve broken down the benefits of each ingredient at the end of this article. But anyway, let’s get to the point. I drank this stuff religiously every morning and evening for 28 days. Here was my honest, unbiased experience:
When you combine all these ingredients (which are perfectly-portioned in convenient little tea sachets) packed with 16 total powerful antioxidants, they activate together and give your body some serious TLC.
My Tea-drinking schedule
- Brewed a cup of the dayttime blend shortly after waking up. I’d sip on it while I was getting ready, or if it was on the weekend, before breakfast. I am not one of those majestic individuals who budgets a lot of time in the morning to spend time getting ready. My routine is more of a get-out-bed, brush my teeth while still half asleep, clumsily climb into the shower, throw on some mascara and rush out the door. Sometimes, I’d take the tea with me on-the-go, and if I was feeling particularly adventurous, I’d pour it over ice — which, I found, was delicious.
- I get home from work, and try to get in some yoga or a workout a few times a week, make dinner, and afterwards drank the nighttime blend about an hour before I went to bed. The evening tea is caffiene-free, so I don’t have to worry about not being able to sleep.
The daytime blend is light, refreshing and has nice citrusy notes. You can definitely pick up the lemongrass and orange, which is a nice surprise. No weird aftertaste, just tastes like really good tea. Sometimes, I’d sweeten with honey, but I’m a regular tea drinker so the plain flavor doesn’t really bother me. The nighttime blend is just as refreshing, and was pleasantly surprised by it’s natural, verrry delicate sweetness, which I imagine is from the goji berries or strawberry leaf. You can definitely taste the chamomile (and I’m a huge chamomile fan) and I really ended up looking forward to drinking this every night, especially after a long day where I would usually unwind with a glass (or two) of wine.
Any abdominal discomfort?
Nada. I’ve read reviews about other teas where people complain about stomach pains and multiple trips to the bathroom, but I didn’t experience any of these over the course of the 28 days. In fact, I can honestly say it helped settle my stomach, which I credit the ginger root and cinnamon (which are antinflammatory).
7 Days in
From the first day, I felt a natural burst of energy after drinking the morning tea. I felt more alert and less groggy than I normally do, but what was interesting is that I didn’t get the jitters, at all. After the first week, I felt less bloated. I had a big night out where I completely splurged on a big meal AND dessert. I normally regret this, but to my surprise, I woke up the next day feeling like my tummy was flatter. It was almost like the tea burned up all the extra calories while I was sleeping. I got on the scale after the first week and lost 1.6 lbs. Hmm!
14 Days in
I was riding high on the natural energy from the dayttime blend, and haven’t experienced a single crash. I normally have a hard time getting to sleep at night, but the evening tea was really starting to chill me out and getting to sleep was a breeze. My diet was pretty balanced, except I should add that I’m a big fan of everything that’s terrible for you and jekyl-and-hyde between enlightened health goddess to textbook emotional eater. My biggest vice? Pasta and chocolate. It’s safe to say I had a few pasta dishes and treated myself to chocolate here and there, but didn’t get my normal day-after bloat. Week two of getting on the scale, I felt good but was nervous…but I lost another 2 lbs!
21 Days in
This week hapenned to fall on that ill-fated time of the month, which I tend to use as an excuse to overeat. But here’s the thing: I didn’t have any of my normal cravings for junk food. I noticed that after the third week, I snacked much less, especially before bed, and was really feeling the difference. I didn’t wake up groggy and I felt more focused at work. And, I noticed something interesting about my skin. It was softer, clear and looked more even, not my normal blotchyness that I get from this time of the month. I even got a couple compliments that I looked well-rested, so I know it wasn’t all in my head. The scale didn’t lie, either: 2.3 lbs!
28 Days in
To say this tea did its job is an understatement. I felt good about drinking it, confident in the steady weight loss and my skin looked like I just spent a week at the spa. I was still working out and doing yoga about 3 times a week, and since I wasn’t craving as much, I ate better, too. My clothes definitely felt looser and after I got on the scale for the final time, I was blown away. Another 2.5 lbs down!
Total weight lost: About 8 and a half pounds!
Would I recommend this to others/Will I drink this tea again?
Most definitely. I ordered the day and night blends my third week in, and I’m going to do another 28 days. Needless to say, I was impressed! This tea is great for anyone who’s looking to lose a few inches off their waist, get natural energy, and just support your weight loss goals. I’d recomend eating a regular diet ( I try to eat 75% clean, with 25% not-so-clean) and having a light to moderate workout regimen. You can get your own right here, and if you’re not ready to commit to getting the whole bags, you can try their free samples for five days!
As promised, here’s a breakdown of the ingredients in VIDA Tea itself:
Organic puerh leaf benefits anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, lowers cholesterol, fights aging free radicals
Organic yerba mate benefits: increases energy, increases mental clarity, loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and a whopping 15 amino acids, boosts immune system
Organic oolong benefits: boosts metabolism, fights free radicals, reduces stress, supports healthy skin
Organic cinnamon benefits: anti-inflammatory, boosts metabolism, increases circulation, promotes good heart health, supports healthy brain function
Organic lemongrass benefits: flushes toxins, boosts immunity, increases metabolism, promotes cellular health, has cancer-fighting properties, reduces fatigue
Organic spearmint benefits: balances hormones, promotes good heart health, fights stress, improves memory
Organic orange flavor benefits: anti-inflammatory, anti-stress
Organic senna leaf benefits: anti-inflammatory, cleanses colon, removes toxins
Organic chamomile flower benefits: treats stomach cramps, anti-stress, promotes healthy skin
Organic lemon myrtle benefits: boosts immune system, anti-bacterial, potent cancer-fighting antioxidant
Organic senna leaf benefits: anti-inflammatory, cleanses colon, removes toxins
Organic goji berries benefits: boosts immunity, promotes healthy skin, promotes good eye health, removes toxins
Organic ginger root benefits: fights indigestion and nausea, activates digestion, anti-inflammatory
Organic marshmallow root benefits: repairs gut lining, aids digestion, prevents leaky gut
Organic cinnamon chips benefits: anti-inflammatory, boosts metabolism, increases circulation, promotes good heart health, supports healthy brain function
Organic vanilla benefits: powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
Organic licorice root benefits: boosts metabolism, relieves heartburn, boosts immunity
Organic strawberry leaf benefits: Improves digestion, supports bone health