I’m not overly sure how I came across Bootea, but as I’m not one for spending a long time in Holland and Barrett, I can only assume I came across it on Twitter. I’m also not sure what made me buy it – yes, I do want to lose weight and have wanted to lose weight for an absolute age, but I’m also petrified of going on diets thanks to an old and often reoccurring eating disorder and don’t tend to buy into many dieting fads because I hate spending money on things generally. Anyway, I did buy it, more on a whim than anything else and have subsequently rebought it, so do feel like I could be in a good position to finally review it.
Bootea is a ‘teatox’, which claims to help you to kick-start your healthy lifestyle by using natural ingredients whacked into a tea drink. I think one of the things I like the most about Bootea is that they never make reference to diets, even though this product does help you to lose weight. They make constant references to how it’s only an aid, and should be used in conjunction with healthy eating and exercise. There’s no promises of a short term fix.
In the course of the past year, I’ve had two 14 day detoxes, and one 28 day detox. You get the daytime cleanse packet, which you drink every day and then a night-time cleanse which is drunk every other day. It’s really easy to make (after all, it’s essentially just tea), so there’s no faffing about, and means it’s easy to drink at work too. I don’t like tea (bad British person), so I was a little unsure about how I’d get on with this, but I found it drinkable. I don’t think it’s something I would choose to order at Costa, but nothing I had to hold my nose to down. The daytime cleanse is definitely more drinkable than the night-time cleanse however, and slightly less pongy.
I suppose the main thing to mention is that the night-time cleanse will make you poo. It’s as simple as that. You apparently get eight hours from drinking the tea to the time you ‘feel the need’, but for me it was a little bit more arbitrary than that. You do need to factor that in to your ‘teatox’ plans – if you’re planning on spending the day after drinking the night-time cleanse being a tourist far away from any form of toilet, I would seriously discourage that little idea. It’s not going to make you shit in your pants, but the need is there.
Bootea also comes with an eating plan, but I didn’t use that as I don’t have the money nor do I have the time, patience or varied enough eating habits to go around and completely swap my eating habits. I did watch what I ate a little more, but nothing too crazy.
Anyway, the main point of this review is that it works. I really wasn’t expecting it to work, as I’m pretty much a massive cynic about any of this stuff, but it works. I did lose weight when I drank this tea, and felt slightly healthier too. I can’t tell you how much weight I lost as I have a rule on never weighing myself, but I lost enough to really see it in myself, and also enough to get back into a skirt I’d bought a long time ago back in the Uni days and one of my more non-observant friends also said he thought I’d lost weight. Another added, and somewhat unexpected, benefit of the tea was that it helped to clear my skin up like nothing else ever has. I’ve never found anything quite like it for that. God, I’d probably recommend it for that alone.
I don’t think this stuff is that cheap, but I am a skin flint, it’s probably not too out of anyone’s price range. I’d also recommend going for the 28 day ‘teatox’ over the 14 day, to get the real benefit. Bootea now do a range of shakes and I can’t wait to try those.