It’s important to be aware that any weight loss you notice after a couple of days drinking detox tea will most likely be water weight, and your body will quickly regain it after you stop drinking the tea.
Detoxing and Cleanse Culture: What’s your motivation?
Senna works by stimulating the lining of your intestines so that you’ll have a bowel movement. Senna is used therapeutically for constipation and for cleaning out the colon before a colonoscopy.
Detox teas are often advertised as a quick way to “fix” your body, a phenomenon that can be very triggering for individuals suffering from any type of eating disorder, orthorexia, or body dysmorphia disorder. Meghan O’Hara is a registered dietitian, health coach, and founder of True Nourishment, and she’s a firm believer in figuring out the “why” behind the need to detox before committing to any diet plan.
Some detox teas come in bottled form instead of the more common tea bags or loose tea, and these teas are more likely to be sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. High fructose corn syrup is cheaper to manufacture compared to sweeteners such as honey or agave syrup and has been linked to increased body weight, body fat, and triglyceride levels in rats.
Although it would be wonderful to be able to drink a detox tea and lose weight for good, the reality is that this method is both unsustainable and unsafe for your body. In fact, the FDA and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have recently been taking legal action against some companies that manufactured detox products containing illegal ingredients and made false claims about the product’s ability to treat certain health problems.
But what does the term “detox” actually mean? Does your body even need to detox? What exactly is in these detox teas, and do they ultimately do more harm than good? We’re ready to explore all of these questions and the impact detox teas can have on your physical and mental well-being.
The effectiveness of detox teas marketed for weight loss is largely based on your own expectations of the tea. For short-term weight loss before unveiling your new bikini on vacation or fitting into a too-tight dress before a big event, detox tea can absolutely be helpful.