5 Best Slimming Tea in the Philippines
We all want to lose those few extra pounds, and lose them quickly, but it is much easier to gain them than to shed them! Also, most chemical and surgical methods to get rid of fat are expensive and, quite frankly, a little scary to think about. It is no surprise, then, that more and more people are turning towards natural products to aid with weight loss.
Teas are among the popular choices, given that they are relatively cheap, simple to use, and super tasty! But which teas can actually help you lose weight? Read on to find out more about slimming tea in the Philippines: these teas can be easily found at most health food and supplement stores, or online.
- Senna Tea
Senna (Cassia Acutifolia) is a leafy shrub that grows in India, Pakistan, and China. It has been used for several years to combat indigestion and constipation, as well as used as a diuretic (it makes you pee more often). Senna leaves help to cleanse the colon of waste material, thus helping you detox your body.
Senna leaves are FDA approved as laxatives; this means that, after drinking Senna leaf tea, you will evacuate more often than usual, probably with a more liquid consistency. In the right dosages, its effect usually lasts for about 12 hours. Most Senna leaf teas will come in teabags, which are then steeped in hot to warm water like normal tea.
If you cannot find a teabag presentation, the leaves can be steeped in hot water for about ten minutes, or in cold water for about 10 hours. The longer method ensures that less resin will be ingested in the tea, and this can help reduce the abdominal cramping that the resin can cause. Speaking of cramping, it is important to increase your potassium intake when you begin drinking this tea (tomatoes and bananas are a good source), since the diuretic effect can make you lose electrolytes (essential salts in your body).
- BioFi Tea
BioFi is also made with Senna leaves; it is just the commercial name. It has been reported to be more concentrated than other teas, and used mainly as a laxative. It works in about 7 to 8 hours, so it’s a good idea to drink it before bed and let it work while you sleep. It also helps with appetite control by helping you absorb what you eat better, which results in feeling fuller for longer. It is a bit expensive, and can be bought through their website or on Amazon.
- Biguerlai Tea
Also made with Senna leaves, it is also a powerful laxative. This product comes from the Philippines. Some consumers have reported it only working for two or three days before reverting to a constipation effect. It is rather strong, so most consumers suggest using it sporadically, and never more than one dose (a cup) per day. It costs 35 PHP for a 5-bag pack, being a cheaper option.
- Pu-Erh Tea
This product comes from China. It is made from Camellia sinensis, the same plant used to make green, black and Oolong tea, but processed differently: while green tea is only the dried leaf, black is dried and aged, and Oolong is dried and fermented for a short time, pu-erh is fermented and then aged for a long time to maximize its properties. It is recommended to drink this tea one hour after eating to obtain the desired weight loss effects; ingesting it before a meal can have the opposite effect and make you gain weight, so be careful and follow the instructions to obtain the result you want.
It is also recommended that you drink this tea by itself, without using other dieting teas, and even exchanging other liquids (like water and even soups) to maximize the slimming effects.
Pu-Erh can help you lose weight, but it will take time and persistency to achieve the desired results. Pu-Erh tea helps weight-loss by increasing digestion speed, so it is normal to start feeling hungry more often when consuming this tea. Counter this effect by eating more regular, but smaller and lighter meals throughout the day.
It has a very strong flavor and a sweet aftertaste that takes some time to get used to. If you drink it warm, it helps warm up your stomach and aids digestion. If you drink it cold, the flavor can help with weight loss. It has a lot of caffeine, too, so some consumers recommend steeping it twice to reduce the caffeine amounts without affecting the weight loss effects.
- Green Tea
Good old green tea is a tried-and-true favorite for many. Apart from its weight loss properties, green tea contains antioxidants which help fight against early aging of the body. It contains a small amount of caffeine, which acts as an appetite suppressant. It eases digestion and helps eliminate fat.
It is much softer than the other teas mentioned above, which means it can help you in the long run because it will not cause your body to get used to the components and make you dependent on the tea to evacuate normally. You can also drink higher amounts of this tea without it being harmful (causing constipation or diarrhea). It also helps refresh your mind by its caffeine content, reduce the amount of salt in the body –thus helping the heart stay healthy- and is a diuretic. It also has the advantage of being readily available in most supermarkets and grocery stores.
Unlike pu-erh, you should not drink green tea until an hour has passed since your last meal. Also, you should not use tea to take medicine, especially anti-depressants, since it can negate some of the medication’s effects.
Slimming Tea Possible Side Effects
Like with any supplements, you should consult with a licensed physician or doctor before you start using them. This is because you could be allergic to one of the components; if you notice itching, tightness in the chest or swelling in the face, lips, and tongue, suspend use immediately and contact a doctor.
The tea could also negate the effect of certain medications such as blood thinners and birth control pills or estrogen supplements. Always contact a doctor if you suffer from any heart condition and wish to start taking any of these teas.
Pregnant and lactating women should avoid weight-loss teas altogether, mainly to avoid dehydration, but also because their possible effects on the unborn and/or lactating baby have not yet been tested. Green tea is probably fine, but you should contact your pediatrician first.
You should limit your intake of these teas for no more than two weeks at a time, with plenty of resting time in between. If taken for longer, the bowel could become dependent on the chemicals to work properly, which is not what we want at all!
Senna leaves can cause constipation if used in excess, as well as a small amount of abdominal pain while the body gets used to the tea (which works by actually irritating the bowel and making it move). Should the pain be excessive, or should you vomit or collapse, suspend ingestion immediately and contact a doctor.
Since most of these teas are laxatives, they can cause you to evacuate with more-than-usual frequency, and with a more liquid consistency. This means that most of the weight you lose could be water-weight. So as to avoid dehydration, make sure to drink plenty of plain water (unless otherwise directed). You could also experience some flatulence –farting- but this is normal, given that the tea works by making your bowels move more than usual. Should you notice blood in your stool, or should they look black and tar-like, suspend tea ingestion immediately and contact your doctor.
Also, you shouldn’t rely on the teas alone: when the body begins to lose weight, you actually lose muscles first! So exercise often to ensure that you’re getting rid of fat and not muscle mass, and increase your protein and potassium intake.
Coupled with the teas, make sure to maintain an active lifestyle (at least 30 minutes of exercise per day) and a healthy balanced diet. You’ll be well on your way to a slimmer, healthier body!