Although Lyfe Tea offers a range of products, their main product is their detox tea, or teatox.
I’ve tried it, and in this comprehensive Lyfe Tea review I’ll share my impression of it and of how this teatox compares to other brands in the industry.
Lyfe Tea Review
The first thing you should know about Lyfe Tea is that it’s a loose-leaf style of tea. That means you’ll need to put it in a teabag or infuser before you can use. This isn’t a problem for me, but if you don’t have an infuser handy, you’ll need to purchase one before you can start using it.
The teatox consists of the Lyfe Tea to drink in the morning for energy and boosted metabolism, and a Detox Lyfe Tea to take at night to promote detox and restful sleep. You need to let the morning tea steep for about 2 – 10 minutes. With the evening tea you should let it steep for just 1 minute when you first start using it. Then you slowly increase the steeping time to suit your taste.
As with most teatoxes, the Lyfe teatox has a 14-day and a 28-day option.
The 14-day goes for $35 and the 28-day teatox for $56.
What Lyfe Tea claims it can do for you
The claimed benefits are clearing out your digestive system and colon leading to improved digestion and nutrient absorption, reduced bloating, better energy and just an increased well-being overall, among others.
These are the same claims that many teatoxes make, but how well does Lyfe Tea deliver on these promises? To figure that out, let’s take a look at what Lyfe tea is actually made up of.
Lyfe Tea Ingredients
The morning tea includes the ingredients green tea, ginger, yerba mate, moringa oleifera, lemon peel and guarana. Here’s how the different ingredients affect your system:
- Green Tea: You’ll find this tea in a lot of detox teas. That’s because, on its own, Green Tea is a good source of caffeine. And caffeine has been proven to increase the metabolic rate by a process called thermogenesis. What means, is that it raises the core temperature of the body which helps with fat burning. At the same time, caffeine can increase your energy levels and make you feel more alert and energized.
- Ginger: Used to aid digestion, ginger is often used in cooking to add flavor. It may also increase your metabolism, but there’s no hard evidence to support this.
- Yerba Mate: Often used in sports supplements, Yerba Mate is a stimulant that increases energy levels. It works a bit like the caffeine in Green Tea in that it increases the rate of your metabolism. But while too much caffeine can leave you unable to sleep and feeling jittery, Yerba Mate doesn’t cause these side effects.
- Moringa Olifera: This is a plant that has been hailed for its health benefits. It’s packed with high levels of nutrients and anti-oxidants and is used to treat a variety of ailments.
- Lemon Peel: I’m not really sure what the purpose of lemon peel in detox tea would be. It could improve the flavor of the tea – or because lemons contain high amounts of Vitamin C.
- Guarana: This is another caffeine rich ingredient that will boost your metabolism and increase your energy levels.
You may have noticed that this tea packs a lot of caffeine. So it’s hardly surprising that the ingredients in the evening tea promote relaxation. You’ll need something to calm you down after all that caffeine if you want to get a good night’s sleep.
The evening detox tea has the following ingredients: chamomile, dandelion leaf, senna leaves/pods and nettle leaf. Let’s examine how they work:
- Chamomile: This is a popular ingredient in many teas and medications used to treat insomnia. Chamomile has a calming effect on the body and may help with digestion and inflammation.
- Senna Leaves / Pods: Often used as a natural laxative, the leaves and pods of the Senna plant may aid with digestion and cleansing the body. But how well it works in a detox tea is up for debate.
- Nettle Leaf: Another natural laxative, Nettle is usually used to treat urinary problems as it helps to regulate the activity of the bladder. Again, it’s hard to see why it has been included in a detox tea.
- Dandelion Extract: Yet another natural laxative and diuretic that may aid in regulating the digestive system and flushing the system. This could help if you’re looking to use a detox tea to lose weight. But it’s hard to imagine that it would actually be of any use for long-term weight loss.
While many of these ingredients can be effective, I’m not sure that they really belong in a detox tea. The focus seems to be on increasing your metabolism, which may help you lose a bit of weight, but this would be temporary. Some of the ingredients have been clinically tested, but the results aren’t conclusive. And you may experience some of the side-effects associated with them.
That’s what makes me wonder whether Lyfe Tea can really be considered a detox tea. A detox tea should do more than make you lose weight. It should remove toxins from your system so that your body works better. When your body functions properly, then losing weight comes naturally and with very little effort. As I’ve said before, there are other teas that really do help you detox safely and naturally. And losing weight is just an added bonus over all the other benefits a teatox offers.
How effective is Lyfe Tea?
That’s a tough question to answer. Personally, I think it’s not a bad tea by any means, but it’s not up there among the best detox teas either. I’ve seen many reviews of it not working at all for some people. The Lyfe teatox didn’t work too well for me personally when it comes to claimed benefits, but this could also be that I’m spoiled from using other teas that do bring me strong effects.
Essentially, this teatox seems to work on three fronts:
Most of the ingredients in the morning tea attack are designed to burn fat by a process called thermogenesis. That is, they raise the core temperature of the body which causes your body to burn more fat in an effort to maintain the increased temperature. This mostly comes from green tea which is an ingredient you’ll find in many other teas.
Chamomile and Dandelion Extract act on the digestive system and may help to cleanse and flush the system. In turn, this could have the effect of decreasing your appetite, but there’s little evidence to support this. And as they’re both diuretics, they could deplete your body of essential fluid and leave you feeling dehydrated. Definitely not something you want in a detox tea.
Once again, the morning tea contains of the ingredients geared to boost your metabolism. This may work for a while and with more energy you might be inclined to do more exercise. But ultimately, it sets you up for a dangerous vicious circle which could damage your health.
As your energy levels increase you become more active. And as you become more active you come to rely on the tea to give you the energy you need. Once you reach the point where you’re happy with your weight, you can’t stop using Lyfe Tea, or you’ll just start putting on the weight again.
Another problem I have with Lyfe Tea is that it seems to rely on evening tea to counter the effects of the morning tea—and that can’t be good for long term health. Once the morning tea has flooded your body with caffeine, you need the calming effect of chamomile at night to help you relax enough to sleep properly.
And all the laxatives and diuretics may help you drop weight quickly, but it’s not the safest way to lose a few extra pounds. And once you stop using the tea, your body will struggle to regulate itself. You’ll go from having loads of energy and being slightly dehydrated all the time, to crashing and carrying a lot of fluid without the tea.
This is not what a teatox is all about. The reason why I like using tea to detox is because it’s simple, safe and effective in the long-term. It’s something I can add to my diet which actually helps my system work well without me having to make major lifestyle changes. And I know that once I reach a certain point I can cut back a bit and just use it to maintain my health and energy levels.
Besides that, there are many people out there who have tried Lyfe Tea and been disappointed with the results. I can’t speak for them, but I know that there are better teas out there that really work. And they don’t have any dangerous side effects either.
My Conclusion and Recommendations
While I’ve no doubt all the caffeine in Lyfe Tea will get your engines revving, I just don’t think this tea is well-balanced enough to really make a huge difference to your health. And I don’t think any results you might get from using Lyfe Tea will be sustainable. And the fact that it’s so high in caffeine leads me to recommend that you consult with your doctor before trying it out.
I’m also really concerned about all the laxatives and diuretics contained in the evening tea blend. A teatox shouldn’t leave you dehydrated in any way. Of course it’s always good to get in the recommended 8 glasses of water a day if you can, but if you count your cup of tea towards that total it shouldn’t have the opposite effect.
Because detoxes generally rely on flushing the system it’s important that you drink sufficient water to help your body with the detoxing process. But the ingredients in Lyfe Tea seem to be geared to reducing the amount of fluid in your body. That may be why you’ll feel like you’re losing weight. Anything that reduces bloating will make your clothes fit better, but at the end of the day you’re not really losing fat or building muscle.
And that’s the only way you should be losing weight—by burning up excess fat and replacing it with leaner muscle. If you’re using a teatox to lose weight then you’ll probably get some result from using Lyfe Tea, but it’s not the kind of weight loss you really need. And besides, a teatox should really be used to improve your overall health and functioning. Once your body is working the way it should, losing weight is easy and more likely to stay off.
Considering that you should try any teatox for at least a month before deciding whether it works for you, Lyfe Tea is pretty expensive. Although you may be able to get a better discount if you order more of the tea. But why order extra if you can’t be sure that it will work for you the way you want it to? And don’t forget that you’ll need to buy an infuser or tea bags because the tea comes as a loose-leaf tea.
You can buy it directly from their site, or through other affiliate sites such as Amazon and Ebay. If you buy directly you may be able to get some discounts on shipping and bigger orders, but it’s still one of the more expensive detox teas available. But be warned—there’s no way to get in touch with them directly. And they don’t offer a money-back guarantee, although you can return the tea if it hasn’t been opened.
My suggestion would definitely be that you try the Koutea before trying out the Lyfe Tea, since in my opinion it’s both more effective and more affordable.
I’ve written more about this preferred tea of mine on the home page.
What’s your Lyfe Tea review?