Where’s the Scam?
There’s a lot of hype around methods of detoxification in the health community. Teatox, or detox with tea, is one among many efforts people are taking to cleanse their bodies of harmful chemicals and pollutants abundant in our food and in our atmosphere. However, like all things in life, BALANCE is the most crucial ingredient of all. Jumping on one of those celebrity-driven liquid only diets is a ridiculous bandwagon to be riding if you’re trying to improve your health. In fact, jump off right now. You are literally strangling your immune system and impairing the natural function of your bodily organs.
Don’t get me wrong; you had good intentions. And so does teatox. Drinking detox teas that contain ingredients acting as natural laxatives and diuretics, such as senna, can no doubt help you lose temporary weight. How does this work? These ingredients help clean out your colon of backed up digestive matter while they can also rid your body of excess water weight. Basically, the same kind of weight you would lose with a nice bout of the stomach flu. However, this process of drinking tea and laying off the calories forces your body into starvation mode. Sounds effective right? In starvation mode, your body also checks into its ultimate survival form, which actually SLOWS your metabolism in order to protect you from running out of energy completely. More importantly—brace yourself—your body proactively STORES FAT for the future.
Is There a Right Way?
While detoxing with tea alone can do more harm than good, it can act as a beneficial aid in your digestion process if you also maintain a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. There are many ingredients in detox teas including milk thistle, dandelion, ginger, and lemongrass that can help support healthy function of the liver, one of the organs responsible for the digestion process that naturally detoxifies your body. (Villacorta, Manuel, and Sarah Koszyk. Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss. 2014.) Drinking detox teas can aid digestion and remove toxins, while also helping to boost your immune system. However, they are not a permanent solution for weight loss and should not be used as such.
How to Teatox:
- Sip sparingly.
Some ingredients in detox tea, such as senna, can cause harmful side effects such as vomiting and diarrhea and should not be consumed for more than a week.
- Stay hydrated.
Most detox tea is caffeinated, which can lead to dehydration.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
Incorporate food that is organic, fresh, low in fat and sugar, and high in fiber for healthy digestion and nutrient intake. Include lots of fruits and veggies to boost your immune system.
- Exercise regularly.
Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight. Find something active that you actually enjoy and make it a habit.
- Research the ingredients.
Just like you wouldn’t take candy from a stranger, never make something a part of your regular diet if you don’t know what’s in it. Look up the possible side effects and usage recommendations. Educate yourself!
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By: Kayla Halsey