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How to Take Rooibos to Lose Weight

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: August 21, 2017
How to Take Rooibos to Lose Weight

Rooibos is a natural tea that comes from a tree in South Africa and its benefits are similar to those of red tea with the difference that this ingredient contains no contraindications or side effects. In addition to its many health benefits, rooibos is also great at helping us lose weight. In this oneHOWTO article we tell you how to take rooibos to lose weight and benefit from its cleansing properties that will help you lose those extra kilos.

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  1. Slimming properties of rooibos
  2. How much rooibos tea shoul I drink per day?
  3. General properties of rooibos
  4. Teas for weight loss

Slimming properties of rooibos

Rooibos, although it is known as "Red Bush Tea" is not actually a tea but an infusion because it does not contain theine. It comes from South Africa and is one of the most talked about natural ingredients because of its slimming effects. We tell you the properties of rooibos to lose weight so you'll understand why it is ideal if you want to lose weight:

  • it boosts the metabolism of cells and digestion because of its antioxidant properties.
  • It is a natural diuretic thus contributes to the elimination of toxins, cleanses the body and reduces fluid retention and therefore cellulite.
  • Improves digestion: Drinking rooibos helps our digestive system work well and, therefore deflates the belly area.
  • Facilitates intestinal transit thereby preventing the occurrence of constipation, one of the most common causes of weight gain.

To take full advantage of the properties of rooibos it is advisable that you drink it early in the morning on an empty stomach, so it is more effective to combat fluid retention and to facilitate the transit of our intestines.

How to Take Rooibos to Lose Weight - Slimming properties of rooibos

How much rooibos tea shoul I drink per day?

Unlike red tea, rooibos has all the same properties but none of the contraindications so you can drink it at any hour of the day (it contains no theine), you can also drink it after meals (it doesn't hinder the absorption of iron) and it can also be drunk by people with high blood pressure.

To benefit from its slimming properties, it is recommended to drink 3 or 4 cups of rooibos tea daily; it is not advised to over dose as anything taken in excess is not good for health. As already indicated, starting the day with a cup of this tea is a great idea as well as finishing and drinking one just before bedtime.

You can prepare it in different ways, we tell you the most common:

  • Roobios tea: You just need a little water and rooibos to taste (as strong as you like). Boil in the ingredient in a pan with a little water and then strain the water so you can drink it without any bits. Put it in the refrigerator to keep their properties and so you can drink several cups throughout the day.
  • Macerated Rooibos: If you want a little more refreshing drink, make this recipe. Put roobios in a jug of water, add some stevia or sweetener and put it in the fridge. The next morning, remove the leaves and it is ready for you to drink this fresh, sweet and delicious drink.

Do you drink rooibos tea with milk? This is a very common question when it comes to using this type of herb for weight loss. For perfect effectiveness, it is not advised to take it with milk due to the amount of fats it contains. Moreover, adding vegetable milk such as almond or rice milk to your rooibos tea will not be effective either due to the amount of sugar found in these types of milk.

How to Take Rooibos to Lose Weight - How much rooibos tea shoul I drink per day?

General properties of rooibos

In addition to its benefits for weight loss, rooibos is a plant that has other uses for health because it contains a lot of optimal nutrients for our body.

  • Natural antihistamine: Rooibos is perfect for treating infections or allergies.
  • Improves intestinal problems: Regulates bowel function helping digestion of food and the intestine transit.
  • Good to treat oral diseases: Has a high content of calcium and fluoride, so it is an ideal ingredient for improving gums, teeth or ulcers.
  • Fight Ageing has high antioxidants content which helps slow the ageing of cells in our body.
How to Take Rooibos to Lose Weight - General properties of rooibos

Teas for weight loss

Rooibos is a good ally to help us lose weight, however, there are also other teas which are suitable for the same purpose as, for example, green tea which is one of the most popular because it helps speed up metabolism and burn fat naturally.

Rooibos vs green tea for weight loss

If you want to use rooibos tea to lose weight, you may want to compare it to another of the popular tea choices. The truth is that the main difference between both is that rooibos is herbal and does thus not contain theine. On the other hand, rooibos tea has many other properties that are useful to lose weight such as antioxidants, manganese and magnesium. The best type of rooibos tea to drink if you want to benefit from it for weight loss as much as green tea is in fact unfermented rooibos, which has as much antioxidants as green tea. This is why there is hardly any difference between the two, so you can combine both for weight loss or choose the option that you prefer.

Horsetail for weight loss

Horsetail is also another drink that will help us lose weight and having a strong diuretic power, so it will help us to remove fluid and prevent the appearance of cellulite. Another of the most popular is grapefruit tea which is proven to help reduce appetite and lose weight without starving.

oneHOWTO offers other ways of losing weight with several teas:

How to Take Rooibos to Lose Weight - Teas for weight loss

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Consuming rooibos daily leads to a quick wait loss and it is very safe to consume rooibos on daily basis.
Where do I find this ?
l bryan
are there any scientific studies providing evidence rooibos is a diuretic? I love the taste and cannot take caffeine but I have a fluid losing disorder and cannot take anything that is a diuretic. Every herbal tea that I type into google, camomile, fennel etc first thing it says is it's a diuretic, as if that's a good thing!
OneHowTo Editor
Hi I Bryan
There are some carminatives that are considered non-diurectic, including marigold and horsetail. However, we would recommend consulting a herbal specialist or doctor is you suffer form a fluid losing disorder so that they can offer you the best possible options according to your specific requirements.
carys humphreys
I drink rooibos tea with a slice of lemon it is very refreshing
My question is can rooibos red tea be taken extend point of time when a person is a 100 pounds over weight? Would that cause any health problems?
OneHowTo Editor
No, rooibos cannot cause any harm when drunk in moderation for any extent of time, though it must be combined with other healthy habits in order for it to help someone lose weight.
Hope this helps
Thanks for the tip.
I want to lose weight, where can I get this rooibos tea , here at Ladysmith, KZN
OneHowTo Editor
Not quite sure but it's usually sold in many supermarkets, you may also find it labeled as red tea.
Do i take it with or without milk n sugar. I like the idea of tea more than other slimming products which can be harmful to the body. Cheers to rooibos tea.
OneHowTo Editor
You should take it without any sugar or milk. If you want it sweeter, use a natural substitute such as stevia.
zama mdluli
How long does rooibos help u to lose weight ?and how many cups per day must I take?
Alice T Breeze (oneHOWTO editor)
Take no more than two or three. We'd suggest you combine it every so often with white and green tea. Combine all three or drink one during a month or two and change teas. Hope this helps
I love this tea! I drink it without sugar as I am on the Whole 30 Program
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