If you've spent even a few minutes scrolling through Instagram, you've more than likely stumbled upon some Instagram model or influencer posting an ad about the benefits of detox teas. They're typically boasted as a great way to lose weight in an easy manner or to feel better after eating unhealthy for some amount of time. But just how truthful are these claims?
According to Women's Health, consuming a detox tea will result in losing water weight or waste lingering in your body. It doesn't contribute to any real fat loss because there aren't any actual fat burning properties in detox tea. Furthermore, detox teas don't do any good "detoxing"- that's what your liver and kidneys are there for. To put it mildly, consuming any kind of detox tea could do more harm than good.
The main reason that detox teas aren't good for you comes from the ingredients that they contain. While the herbs are okay, appetite suppressants such as senna can cause problems. Senna has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an over-the-counter laxative and has even been used before colonoscopies and similar diagnostic procedures. Consuming a lot of senna or ingredients like it can result in dehydration, diarrhea, or stomach pains in the short term. But in the long term, detox teas can cause severe laxative dependence or liver damage that could become irreversible.
While there are physical consequences to consuming detox tea, the psychological consequences are just as bad. They may cause you to develop a negative relationship with food or weight loss. That's also hard to fix- it may result in you having to go to therapy or visiting a doctor to address these issues before they become a massive problem.
It's very clear that consuming any kind of detox tea is arguably the worst way to go about losing weight. Experts insist that eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and staying in a calorie deficit is the best way to go about losing weight in a healthy manner. Consuming regular tea is okay, but steer clear of detox tea. Regular tea won't guarantee weight loss, but it won't wreak havoc on your body as detox tea will.