Here’s the truth you need to know about detox tea

Imagine if you could drink a detox tea that could melt away fat and help you lose weight. A detox tea that could remove years of built up toxins and help you cleanse, leaving you feeling lighter and energized after a few weeks. And now wake up from your dream.

I’m sorry, I know the truth is hard to hear. But unfortunately, the new detox fad known as “teatoxing” is for the most part another marketing gimmick that preys on the vulnerabilities and insecurities of people looking to lose weight fast.

Here’s why a detox tea or teatox is not the answer

Weight loss is a long-term solution

If losing weight was as easy as drinking a magical tea, no one would be overweight. Unfortunately a large percentage of the population is overweight or obese. What’s worse, is that many people periodically do a “teatox” or “juice cleanse”, which puts the body in starvation mode, slows down their metabolism and makes it harder to lose weight the next time. And there will be a next time, because short-term cleanses will only provide short-term results. As always, lifestyle changes are the only way to see weight loss in the long-run.

Glorified laxative

The key ingredient in most detox teas is senna tea or cascara sagrada, both of which are herbal laxatives recommended for short-term use only as a remedy for constipation. Does that mean what you think it does? Yes, a “teatox” is a glamourized laxative. The herbs in these teas stimulate the colon to excrete more frequently, and can also become habit-forming if abused over the long-term. What’s more, overuse of these herbs also dehydrates the body and can lead to depletion of electrolytes, which is critical for nerve function.

Does it really help detox?

The term detox needs to be clarified. Our bodies are experts are detoxifying, and we do it everyday through our liver, sweating, breathing, urinating and doing the number two. Of course, if we overburden our liver with processed, sugary and junk food, it will become sluggish. If we don’t engage in deep breathing, eat enough fibre, drink enough water or exercise, our other detox organs won’t be able to function optimally either. The only reason that a detox tea could make you feel better (or lighter) is because it would cause you to lose water and poop weight, quickly. Plus, realistically if you purchased a “teatox”, you’d be more mindful of what you were eating during that time frame.

Lastly, please remember to make the distinction between herbal teas and those marketed as “detox” teas for weight loss. Herbal teas are amazing, when used for their therapeutic and medicinal benefits and can support your detoxification organs.

3 Liver Detox Teas that Actually Help

Here are three ‘liver detox teas’ you can incorporate into your daily routine to support your liver’s natural detoxification process:

  • Milk Thistle: improves liver function and repairs liver damage
  • Dandelion root: improves bile flow (bile helps break down fats)
  • Peppermint: improves bile flow, and helps reduce pain from a gallbladder attack due to its antispasmodic properties

So go breathe, move, drink water and eat good food. It’s cheaper and a more effective way to drop weight than a detox tea!

This post was originally written for The Hearty Soul. The original article can be found here:

About Alina

I'm a Holistic Nutritionist based in Toronto, Canada and my official title is Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). I received my diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I'm a coach and an educator. Follow Alina on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for all of the latest updates.
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