There are many ways to cleanse and detoxify the body including water fasting, clay pulling and fruit and vegetable juicing, but if you want to do a cleanse that is sustainable over a long period of time and will keep you feeling energized, a green tea cleanse might be what you’re looking for.
There are two types of tea we recommend for cleansing, one for the morning and one for the evening.
Morning Tea: The morning tea is meant to replace necessary electrolytes and antioxidants.
Long Jing Xifeng
Literally translated as Dragonwell, this is possibly the most famous of the Chinese green teas. Produced in Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province for more than a thousand years, it is often reverently referred to as the national drink of China. Only the tiny shoot is picked after early spring rains and warming temperatures. The young leaves will have a pale color and the characteristic long flat dagger-like shape is achieved during frying.
How is it good for you?
- The finer Chinese green teas such as Xifeng’s Long Jing contain vitamin C, amino acids, and some of the highest concentrations of catechins among teas, with significant levels of 50-75% retained after processing. This is important after a night of sleep.
- It helps control high blood pressure by restoring endothelial function (cells lining blood vessels).
- It’s also high in caffeine, so while catechins lower blood pressure, it energizes at the same time.
Evening Tea: The evening tea is meant to provide cleansing and detoxifying of environmental and food borne toxins.
Tencha / Matcha
Tencha is considered the highest quality tea made in Japan and is made using only young nutrient-rich leaves. It, too, contains high levels of antioxidants, but unlike other green teas, it’s stone ground and made into a powder. Once powdered, it’s referred to as Matcha. It’s prepared by mixing it with hot water to make a beverage. This is the type of tea made famous in revered Japanese tea ceremonies.
How is it good for you?
A few weeks before the tea is picked, the plants are protected from the sun to increase their production of chlorophyll. This high level of chlorophyll is what makes Matcha so unique among green teas, and it’s what makes it a formidable detoxifier. It has a mild sweet flavor with a rich full-bodied mouth feel.
- Antioxidant enzymes protect cells during sleep, helping rid the body of toxic poisons
- Matcha contains high amounts of catechins, particularly EGCg, a cancer fighter which appears at about 60% in Matcha. This is greater than 100x more than in other green teas.
- Matcha works to balance cholesterol levels, neutralizing and lowering LDL and raising HDL.
How to Do the Green Tea Cleanse
Start your morning with a cup of Dragonwell tea to which you’ve added lemon and ginger. This will open up the senses and jumpstart organic processes.
- Drink 1-2 cups of green tea during the day, preferably without sweeteners of any kind, including honey.
- In the evening drink 1 cup of Matcha tea about 1 hour before bedtime.
This is a sustainable program and will not harm you if you continue it for the rest of your life. Green tea is good for you, and adding the beneficial properties it contains will keep you younger than your years.