Come the first of January we are flooded with companies promoting their miracle workout DVDs and fat-burning cellulite-busting super-slimming teas and pills; but don’t fall for it.
A handful of celebrities will be ramming these teatoxes and appetite suppressant tablets down our throats for the next four weeks and beyond, but do they know the real harm of what they are flogging?
The word detox brings to mind an image of health and radiance, so some of the beauty, health and fitness industries have jumped upon this bandwagon as it has become a huge money spinner.
The thing is, the body has been detoxifying itself since day dot without issues, so why do we need aids all of a sudden? You wouldn’t have caught a caveman sipping a detox tea and only consuming pressed juice for five days. A healthy human body is equipped to remove unwanted or unneeded toxins from the body naturally through the liver, and this works 24/7.
On Twitter I was interested to see how many people had tried a form of detox product, and 41% of people had which is more than I thought there would be. Pretty shocking! From the responses I got a lot of people were drawn into the ‘teatox’ phenomenon which I think is down to their marketing campaigns.
So what’s the danger?
I am no nutritionist or expert, but from stories I have read and looking at the ingredients list you can tell these products cannot be good for you. Detox teas such as Bootea, SkinnyMe and Flat tummy Tea, to name just a few, cash in on the idea that being thin = healthy and promotes that ideology by the particular models, celebrities and influencers they use to promote their products. But in reality these products are a weight loss supplement equaling unsustainable results.
Ingredients included in detox teas include caffeine which is thought to be a diuretic (makes you pee more), alongside dandelion root (diuretic) and senna which is a FDA approved laxative used to treat constipation. Can you see the trend going on here? Yes you may shift some pounds but that is because you are losing a lot of water weight because of these ingredients. Losing so much water can result in a change of balance of electrolytes in your bloodstream which could end up affecting you further.
Please don’t be tempted into buying these sorts of quick fixes – if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. Yes, some people claim to have lost some weight using detox tea and pills, however it is not sustainable and you will end up doing more damage to your body than good.
If you want honest, professional advice then there are plenty of certified people out there who can offer some genuine, healthy advice. Rhiannon Lambert is a qualified professional and has just bought our her book Re-nourish which I must get my hands on. I have listened to Rhiannon talk at the Lorna Jane Active Nation Day and she really does know her stuff.
Have you ever tried these sort of quick fix products? Let me know in the comments below.