Detox Teas: How They Work and the Six to Try Now

We’re already aware of (and obsessed with) the benefits of drinking tea—its high antioxidant content, ability to help with digestion and natural calming properties come to mind—but the niche market that really catches our attention? Detox teas, which pack the same benefits as their traditional counterparts, but are infused with toxin-flushing properties among other beautifying elements that earn their way into many celebrities’ Instagram photos. Whether they’re getting compensated for promoting the drinks or not, celebrities like Hillary Duff, Amber Rose, Vanessa Hudgens and Kylie Jenner seem to swear by these slimming teas, so we wanted to learn a little bit more about how they work so well.

Theresa Krier, founder of Big T NYC, says that detox teas have exploded over the past year, crediting their popularity to both celebrity endorsements and their claim of quick weight loss. “There’s a lot of hype, but it’s important to remember that these aren’t miracle cures,” she adds, saying that while some are safe to drink continuously, others can be potentially dangerous in the long-term. Because of detox teas’ laxative effect on the body, Krier says they often deliver fast results in the short-term, but lack long-term viability because they can irritate the lining of the colon if taken too frequently or for long periods of time. However, to get the best results, it’s crucial to follow directions. “All detox teas, regardless of type, are most effective when paired with a clean, healthy diet and regular exercise,” Krier advises. Here, six top options to get you detoxed and slimmed down quickly and safely. Cheers!

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Kusmi Tea Detox ($21)

This delicious tea blends natural ingredients with mate, green tea and lemongrass to effectively eliminate excess fluid from the body (good-bye belly bloat) while its toxin-ridding properties contribute to overall weight loss with each sip.


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Miyu De-Stress Mi Beauty Tea ($23)

Not a fan of caffeine? This ultra-luxe loose leaf tea blends peppermint, licorice and chamomile blossoms to soothe your mind while delivering a natural cleansing and anti-inflammatory effect sans any caffeine for a calming, serene detox. 


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Big T NYC Clean Slate Pu-erh Tea ($14)

Created in collaboration with internal medicine physician Dr. Sesha Patel to ensure the best possible ingredients for healthy detoxification, this organic option is shown to decrease cholesterol and significantly reduce total body fat. And because it’s health-additive, drinking these teas regularly can actually improve your health, rather than just providing short-term weight-loss benefits. 


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Sakara Detox Tea ($20)

This detoxifying tea counts red rooibos, rose petals and linden flower as its main ingredients to restore and flush the body and mind of any impurities. Not much of a tea gal? Reach for the brand’s Coconut Detox Tea Macaroons ($29) made of natural coconut soaked in the detox tea, for a delicious snack that’s way good for you. 


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Afterglow Detox and Weight Loss Tea ($35)

This 14-day cleanse (the brand also offers a 28-day option) features organic rooibos, honeyboosh, senna, juniper and ginger and works to increase metabolism with the help of carcinia cambogia, guarana and green tea while also suppressing appetite. 


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Your Tea Tiny Tea Teatox ($35)

This 14 day-cleanse (a 28-day option is also available) decreases bloating, indigestion and cellulite while helping with problematic skin and cellulite. It also helps reduce excess weight and boost energy. Plus, it’s so cute, you’ll want to keep it on your counter to remind you to drink it. 


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