Learn The Truth About Teatox


By Lindsey Nolen

The idea of losing weight without having to cut calories or put in any extra time at the gym has always drawn interest and appeal, however, one of the newest trends to hit the social media marketplace, the "teatox," has been perpetuating false realities.

Ian Campbell, MD, a United Kingdom-based weight loss expert who is the medical advisor for Nutratech, told the news website and video channel Broadly that detox teas are essentially laxatives that falsely create a sense of health and well-being through purging.

Despite the recognized negative health effects of the teatox, dozens of celebrities have taken to platforms such as Instagram to promote these products.

For example, Sarah Hyland, best known for her role as Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family, has used her personal Instagram account to promote the detox brand FitTea.

And she is not alone. Many other young celebrities, ranging from One Direction's Louis Tomlinson to actress Vanessa Hudgens of the High School Musical series, are sending the message to their audiences that their fit physiques can be partially attributed to teatox products.

As in most teatoxes, the brand Detox Skinny Herb Teas provides within its kit two types of tea-one to drink in the morning and one to drink at night. According to the brand's website, the "Morning Start Tea" contains pu-erh tea, hibiscus flower, elderberry fruit, apple peels, rosehip and dry extract of garcinia cambogia.

The ingredient puerh is thought to be a "fat killer" which, during the production process, gains a number of characteristics that speed up a user's metabolism to increasing fat burning.

The nighttime tea consists of black elder fruit, hawthorn fruit, nettle leaves, chicory root, knotweed herb, lovage root, dandelion root, rosehip peel, sweet flag rhizome, flaxseed, peppermint leaf, fennel fruit, orange peel, Garcinia cambogia and chamomile flowers.

As reported by Broadly, the nighttime tea usually contains a small amount of senna-a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, nonprescription natural laxative that can have some unpleasant side effects if misused.

According to the FDA, unlike drug products that must be proven safe and effective for their intended use before marketing, there are no provisions in law for the FDA to "approve" dietary supplements for safety or effectiveness before they reach the consumer.

However, according to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the manufacturer itself is responsible for ensuring that its dietary supplement products are safe before they are marketed.

Under the DSHEA, once the product is on the market, the FDA has the responsibility to show that a dietary supplement is "unsafe" before it can take action to restrict the product's use or remove it from the marketplace.

Other Risks

While tetox manufacturers often suggest a 14-day or 28-day use plan, health guidelines alternatively suggest that laxatives, even natural ones, should not be taken for more than 2 weeks at a time.

This is because, according to the National Institutes of Health, long-term laxative use can cause abnormal bowel function or changes in electrolyte levels that can lead to heart problems, muscle weakness, liver damage and other harmful effects.

Guidelines also advise that laxatives be used strictly for constipation, never to assist in weight loss. 

"The risk involved makes us rethink the benefits. Not only are these detox diets addictive, leaving a harmful impact on the body, they can also lead to eating disorders," said Vaibhav Kataria, a marketing analyst at MedHalt, a curated marketplace for medical tourism services. "These are short-term diets that if overdone, can hamper the smooth functioning of the body."

One teatox brand, Skinny Teatox, has a disclaimer on its homepage reading, "Please note: Testimonials, reviews and images found at Skinny-Teatox.com and/or from Skinny Teatox are unverified results that have been forwarded to us by users of our products; may not reflect the typical user experience; may not apply to the average person; and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results."

The disclaimer also states that each user should perform his or her research and should not take results at face value, for it is possible that, even with perfect use of the products, the described results will not be achieved.

This is because the site is "meant to be a showcase of the best results our products have produced, and should not be taken as the results a typical user will get."

ADVANCE asked the general manager of Skinny Teatox, Emma Richards, about the potential risks of the detox tea. She responded by stating, "We offer a 100% natural detox tea program that many of our customers enjoy and find effective and typically (and rarely) only include minor side effects, which cease after discontinuing the Teatox. Courtesy:Advance web .com