Detox tea for weight loss has made its way back into the spotlight since the start of the year. This is far from the first time this trend has happened. As everyone resolved to drop the pounds, companies making and selling these products worked hard to market them. Since then, as per usual every year, they have taken off and have yet to fizzle out again.
Unfortunately, with pandemic lockdowns occurring close to the start of the year, the mindset of seeking rapid fat loss solutions was still in place. As many of us gained weight in the initial wave of the social distancing orders, it wasn’t uncommon to try to make sharp, rash, desperate efforts to turn things around. As always, this included a swing toward detox tea for weight loss.
Ads and websites focused on detox tea for weight loss makes us think we’ve filled ourselves sup with toxins. They don’t commonly identify specifically what those toxins are. However, they blame issues such as pollution, pesticides and herbicides, and chemical ingredients in fast foods we’ve been eating. Therefore, these teas are supposed to help cleanse these toxins from our bodies. Without the toxins in the way, it makes it easier to lose weight more efficiently. This is where the problem begins each time this trend comes around again.
As much as there is a lot of hype about detox tea for weight loss, doctors typically caution their patients about these products. Health experts warn patients that these products can be surprisingly hard on the body. This is the case even when the products claim to be gentle and natural.
Not all detox tea for weight loss is created equal. Each brand has its own combination of ingredients. While some are quite mild, others can be surprisingly harsh. That said, in all cases, it’s quite doubtful that they will provide the types of results that people are hoping for. At best, these products provide laxative or diuretic effects for the appearance that something is happening. That said, these are the same effects that could be achieved by eating nutritious, high-fiber, hydrating foods and drinks, without the same unpleasant risks and side effects.
There are many potential ingredients that can be found in detox teas for weight loss. While some are regular teas – such as green tea or black tea – others can include guarana, dandelion root, senna leaf and others. Guarana is a natural ingredient that can contains as much as four times the amount you’d drink in a cup of coffee. Dandelion root is a diuretic. Senna leaf is a laxative.
This means that while they may help you to get things moving if you have been constipated, or they may help you to shed retained water, they aren’t actually doing anything that a couple of days of eating healthfully wouldn’t offer, without the side effects.
Those are the types of ingredients typically found in these products. There isn’t any evidence that they remove any specific toxins from the body that wouldn’t naturally already leave the body through urination and defecation as per usual. Websites advertising the products don’t usually identify any specific toxins their products shed from the body. If they do, it’s important to view the claims with skepticism.
Moreover, these ingredients come with potential side effects, particularly if they’re used on an empty stomach or in high doses. This can include jitters, nervous symptoms, diarrhea, dehydration, rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, nausea, irritability, and more. Furthermore, if you have a pre-existing health condition, these ingredients may not be safe for you, so it is very important to speak with a doctor before trying these products.
Using these products over the short term is not associated with weight loss or any specific additional removal of toxins identified in research. Moreover, using these products over the longer term can be dangerous for a person’s health.
Take a look at the core claim of many detox teas for weight loss. They point to the liver – an organ that already does a lot of the detoxifying for the body without the help of teas. They claim that the toxins build up in the liver because the organ was not meant for dealing with our levels of pollution and junk food. However, any surgeon will tell you that this isn’t how the liver works and when performing surgery, they don’t find toxin buildups. There is no proof that the liver of an average healthy person suffers from a buildup of toxins that require intervention to flush them away.
It’s important to speak with a doctor before trying detox tea for weight loss. This will help you to know whether or not the option you’ve selected will be safe for you. That said, it’s important not to expect fat loss results from these teas. At best, you’ll experience temporary water loss which will only return once you’re rehydrated.
* This article is for informational purposes only and not to be taken as medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your medications, supplements, diet, or exercise routine.