I wanted to make this blog post about “detox teas” because as a tea business owner, it is an important topic for me. There are many women out there drinking “detox” teas or “teatox” and unfortunately they have no idea how bad these products really are for their bodies…
These “tea” businesses claim their teas are going to make you lose weight or make you feel more energized etc. When really all their stuff is doing is dehydrates your body.
– Most detox companies use senna leaf in their teas. Here is a quick overview of what senna is :
“Senna is an FDA-approved nonprescription laxative. It is used to treat constipation and also to clear the bowel before diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy. Senna is also used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, and weight loss.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) warn against long-term use of senna leaf. The AHPA recommends that senna leaf products be labeled, “Do not use this product if you have abdominal pain or diarrhea. Consult a healthcare provider prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing. Discontinue use in the event of diarrhea or watery stools. Do not exceed recommended dose. Not for long-term use.”
How it works : Senna contains many chemicals called sennosides. Sennosides irritate the lining of the bowel, which causes a laxative effect.” via webmd.com
In fact, senna is a laxative. Can you image using laxative everyday… How do you think it would affect your body ? You would become completely dehydrated and it would make you sick. Well, that is exactly what senna is doing to your body. They basically use this ingredient in their teas to give you the impression that you have a flatter stomach after few days.
– Here is what “The Australian Medical Association” is saying about using laxative products like this when they are not needed : It causes electrolyte and fluid loss, as well as the loss of other nutrients needed by the heart and brain to function. They also say “they would absolutely not recommend buying online programs like this in an effort to control weight.” (Brian Morton, a spokesman for the association).
– Also, feel free to read this article about an Australian “detox” company who had their social media sites shut down after a young women was admitted to hospital at age 17 after using their products (smh.com.au).
– Dr. Yoni Freedhoff (Canadian doctor, assistant prof. at the University of Ottawa and author of The Diet Fix) recently talked on The Social, a Canadian tv show, about stomach problems and here what he had to say about detox teas :
How much damage do detox teas do to your stomach ? : “Detox is a make-believe term, as is the notion that our bodies aren’t able to detoxify naturally via liver, kidneys and skin. It’s important to note that there’s virtually no regulation in the supplement industry and consequently, you never really know what you’re getting.”
Check out the entire video here : http://www.thesocial.ca/wellness/health/your-digestive-questions-answered
With that being said, I worry about this not so healthy trend. Tea is such a wonderful industry in which I adore working and I would not want people to think tea is all about weight loss or “detoxification”. You are all beautiful women out there and you don’t need to use extreme products that will damage your body !
Feel free to comment if you have any questions or anything to say and enjoy my coupon below if you would like to try our teas!
XoXo, Stephanie – Founder My Beauty Tea (mybeautytea.com)