Detox diets are nothing new; fasting and detoxification plans have been around for all of human history. What is new is the internet--and the hundreds of options we're faced with in making almost any choice of a product to buy. Our health is an intensely personal issue, so it's nearly impossible to know if a detox plan such as 3-Ballerina Dieter's Tea that seems to work for other people is also right for you.
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Diet and Detox
Detox is short for "detoxification" which simply means removing the poisons (toxins) from your system. Your liver and kidneys do this naturally, but---according to healthydetoxtips.com---if you are eating an unhealthy diet filled with additives, preservatives and environmental poisons, your body spends so much time dealing with new toxins that it can't keep up. A body full of poisons doesn't have the extra energy needed to burn fat, which means that you can't lose weight.
Diet teas like 3-Ballerina Dieter's Tea claim to help to flush out your system, allowing it to get back to healthy self-regulation.
3-Ballerina Dieter's Tea contains only two ingredients: Chinese mallow (malva verticillata) and senna (cassia angustifolia). Both are natural herbs which contain no caffeine or ephedrines. Some 3-Ballerina Dieter's Teas are flavoured with lemon, mint and cinnamon.
How It Is Used
According to the manufacturer, you steep one tea bag in 295ml of boiling water for five minutes. You can add honey to sweeten it, if you'd like. If you are not seeing the results you want---increased urination and bowel movements---within 2 or 3 days, they recommend that you increase the dosage by either making the tea stronger or drinking more of the original strength.
How It Works
As stated in both Peter Holmes' book "The Jade Remedies" and Demi Brown's "The Encyclopedia of Herbs," malva verticillata is both a diuretic and a laxative. This is confirmed by Plantsforafuture.com, which states that malva verticillata seeds are "demulcent, diuretic, emollient, galactogogue and laxative."
That means the effects it has are to put a soothing layer over mucous membranes, encourage urination, lubricate, enhance milk production in nursing mothers and encourage bowel movements.
According to diet-and-health.com, Cassia angustifolia has been used as a laxative dating back to the ancient Greeks and Alexandrians.
The combination of these two powerful diuretics and laxatives ensures that your system will get a thorough cleaning out.
As with any diuretic, drinking too much 3-Ballerina Dieter's Tea could cause dehydration by forcing your body to excrete so much liquid that it begins robbing water from its cells to stay hydrated.
Dr. Andrew Weil explains that this can cause blood to get thick and "sludgy" which forces your heart to work harder.
The Mayo Clinic warns that long-term use of laxatives can affect your body's ability to eliminate solid waste naturally, resulting in chronic constipation.
If you are using 3-Ballerina Dieter's Tea as part of a detox plan, you must make absolutely certain that you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. Detoxing can be hard on the body, so consult your health care provider as to the healthiest plan for you.
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