Help your holiday detox with Rooibos

If you consumed more alcohol than you planned to during the festive season, you might benefit from following the recent trend in the UK, where an increasing number of Brits have swapped booze for healthier beverage options, such as tea, for an entire month. This is known as ‘Dry January’.

‘Dry January’ is a relatively new custom, which was first registered as a trademark by the UK charity, Alcohol Concern, in 2014, where over 17,000 Britons stopped drinking alcohol that month. A survey found that after six months following the month of January, more than 72% of them had kept harmful drinking episodes at bay. The concept, which attempts to get people to rethink their relationship with alcohol, has also gained traction in the United States.Some people, however, believe that home-grown Rooibos could, to a certain extent, lessen the effects of heavy drinking that is typically associated with the holidays. Ernest du Toit, Director of the SA Rooibos Council says it’s probably not possible to completely reverse the damage caused by heavy drinking, but Rooibos is likely to aid in mitigating some of the adverse effects.

Some people, however, believe that home-grown Rooibos could, to a certain extent, lessen the effects of heavy drinking that is typically associated with the holidays. Ernest du Toit, Director of the SA Rooibos Council says it’s probably not possible to completely reverse the damage caused by heavy drinking, but Rooibos is likely to aid in mitigating some of the adverse effects.

“According to scientific research, heavy drinking can increase your risk of serious health problems like liver disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and peptic ulcers, amongst others. While on the other end of the scale, knocking back a cup of Rooibos fights inflammation and protects us from chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.”

According to du Toit, in general, incorporating Rooibos tea into your diet is a good way to maintain health, since it is rich in antioxidants. “These vital substances keep the body functioning optimally as they eliminate free radicals that place the cells of the body at risk from being damaged or destroyed,” he says.

Author: Tanja Schmitz

Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.