As you may know one of my new year's resolutions is to get healthy and feel good. So when YourTea was kind enough to send me their TinyTea 14-Day Teatox to try out and review during the last two weeks of my fitness challenge, I couldn't wait.
After getting a confirmation of my order, my 14-day TinyTea cleanse arrived super quickly, within about three business days. The packaging is simple and adorable and the bright pink and white colour scheme is super-cute and motivating. I found myself getting excited every time it was time to open up a new little pink package of TinyTea.
YourTea is also great about making their products feel personalized. When I opened up my box of TinyTea, I was pleasantly surprised to find notes and samples of their café teas included!
TinyTea contains natural ingredients without laxatives or senna, a plant usually used in “weight loss” teas as a natural laxative. I tried a tea with senna this past summer, and found it to be too harsh (it felt like I was running to the bathroom every five minutes!). I decided to go with YourTea because they were one of the only companies I could find that doesn’t use senna. Instead, the company uses principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine to develop their blends.
The ingredients are: Camellia Sinensis (Tea Plant), Fructus Hordei Geminatus 麦芽 (Germinated Barley), Cratigus Pinnatifida 山楂 (Chinese Hawthorn), Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae 陈皮 (Tangerine Peel), Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn 荷葉 (Lotus Leaf) and Semen Phaseoli 赤小豆 (Aduki Bean).
I’m personally a huge fan of tea and always take my blends unsweetened, so I liked the taste and didn’t feel the need to add any lemon or honey. However it is important to know that the tea does taste very herbal (almost like a combination of jasmine, green, and black tea) and it can be an acquired taste.
One of the main reasons for my teatox was that I had been experiencing stomach issues since the middle of November. I wasn’t able to keep much food down and had virtually no appetite, but despite barely eating (and not being able to hold any of the food that I did decide to eat) I was super bloated and gaining weight.
The first five days were definitely an adjustment. It felt like my body was flushing out all of the toxins that had been causing me problems for the past few months, and because of that, I found myself experiencing the morning run to the bathroom that is typical of most teatoxes. I was drinking the tea three times a day though, and this only happened in the morning after the first cup, and only for the first five days.
Since the effects of the tea were most prominent at first, I noticed my bloating was basically gone after just a couple of days.
My bloating was gone after the first five days, and it stayed gone throughout the remainder of the 14-day teatox. I also noticed an increase in energy and that my sleeping patterns became much more regular—I didn’t have a hard time waking up in the mornings, and was going to bed around midnight, which is 2-3 hours earlier than usual for me.
I don’t usually have much of an appetite, but I did notice after the first week my usual cravings for chips and sweets were gone. It’s been about a week and a half since I finished my box of TinyTea, and I still don’t feel the need to eat junk food.
It was pretty easy for me to stay on schedule with my three cups a day: I would drink one when I woke up, one before or after my meal in the middle of the day (usually around 2-4pm) and one before bed. I also made sure to exercise regularly, as I started the teatox during the last two weeks of my #FITWITHNISH 30 Day-Challenge.
I saw noticeable results that weren’t overly drastic, probably because I exercised regularly but didn’t eat any healthier than usual. My results probably would have been much more dramatic if I had gone on YourTea’s suggested clean eating plan, but as a university student living in a dorm, that just wasn’t doable for me.
The purpose of TinyTea is to aid in proper digestion, which frequently results in a decrease in bloating and weight loss. If you’re looking for quick and drastic results—this may not be the tea for you. However, if you plan to exercise regularly and eat well, and your goal is to gently and naturally reset your digestive system and decrease extra bloating (like mine!) then this is the PERFECT tea for you and I would definitely recommend it!
I hope you all have an amazing week, and make sure to comment if you end up deciding to try TinyTea out yourself!
Disclaimer: YourTea was kind enough to provide me a complimentary 14-Day Teatox, however everything in this post is one hundred percent honest and my own opinions!