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Detox controversy.

I think people would think twice if they were aware of the science – or lack of – behind these frilly pink-packaged products.


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In June, model Amber Rose – who was pregnant with her second child at the time – faced criticism for promoting a detox tea for pregnant women from the Flat Tummy Co. According to Rose, the tea is meant to help mothers on those “bloated, nauseous, blah feeling days”. In response, actor and body neutrality campaigner Jameela Jamil questioned whether the tea had received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, and has since labelled detox tea companies everything from “gross” to “evil”. “Don’t take diet advice from celebrities,” reads one of Jamil’s recent social media posts. “They don’t give a f**k about you or your kidneys or your liver or your mental health. Unfollow, delete, repeat.”

“When taken in excess or chronically, laxatives can damage the gut lining along with causing nutrient depletion, dehydration and malabsorption,” Charlotte Kinder, a British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT)-certified nutritional therapist, tells The Independent. “In some cases, anal blisters along with anaemia or other nutrient-deficient disorders can also occur.”