Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work
The DL on five popular weight loss trends that give healthy and lasting results.
The tea detox, or teatox, business is booming! With celebrities and fitness gurus on the teatox bandwagon, the fitness fad has made its way to the forefront of new weight loss methods. These herbal teas boast many benefits such as boosted metabolism, overall wellbeing, weight loss and eliminated bloating.
How does it work?
You take one morning tea and one night time tea, every-other night (regardless of what the package says, don’t take the night/detox tea daily). There is also a specific eating plan to stick to while teatoxing. This usually includes resisting meat, dairy and alcohol for the duration of the cleanse, as these can reduce the effectiveness of the teatox.
The morning tea curbs your sweet cravings, provides more energy to workout, boosts metabolism and detoxes the body. The night time one contains senna leaf, which has a laxative effect. This helps to clean you out and eliminate any bloating or added weight attributed to excess waste in your intestinal tract.
When your body is not cleansed, foods like meat lingering in your GI tract can putrefy and release toxins into the blood. The senna leaf will eliminate this harmful excess waste, resulting in better health and wellbeing.
What’s the downside?
You should only teatox for a maximum of two weeks, and only every-other night. Senna, a herb that’s in colon cleanser tea bags and other diet tea products, has a strong laxative effect and it can cause headaches, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. In the long-term it can make the bowel reliant on this kind of stimulation to work, especially if you take it daily during your teatox.
Keep in mind that the cleansing effect means that it may interfere with the absorption of other medications and supplements you’re taking (ie. your birth control). Not to mention, doing a teatox any longer than two weeks can cause nutritional deficiencies, electrolyte shortage and lead to heart problems (yikes!)