The Truth Behind Teatox

In the past year, several businesses have come forward promoting a new buzz word; "teatox." Companies like Flat Tummy Tea, Fit Tea and SkinnyMint have all hit the ground running with claims to kick that bloated and sluggish feeling while boosting energy, cleansing your system and supporting metabolism.

Endorsed by the likes of physically fit celebrities Chloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Bella Thorne, these detox teas seem almost too good to be true. And after a bit of research, it appears they are. Below is our breakdown on the top three detox tea companies in the market today:

 

Flat Tummy Tea

"Kick that bloated & sluggish feeling and flatten that tummy!"

Activate Tea (morning) - Peppermint (leaf), Lemon Balm (leaf), Licorice (root), Dandelion (leaf and root), Cleavers (leaf), Fennel (seed), Green Tea (leaf), Caraway (seed), Cardamom (pods).

Cleanse Tea (night) - Senna (leaf), Peppermint (leaf), Cassia Chamaecrista (pods), Licorice (root), Caraway (seed), Dandelion (root), Rhubarb (root)

Price (based on 2g/cup, 2 cups/day): 4 week supply $66.25 ($0.54/g),  2 week supply $48.86 ($1.74/g)

Red Flags:

  • Not FDA Approved: The Flat Tummy Tea website claims “You can still eat normally and no, you shouldn't have to go to the gym every day to see good results.*” The asterix goes to the following footer “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

    FitTea

    "Get Fit with FitTea. Boost Energy, Support Metabolism and Get Going!"

    Fit Tea Detox (morning) - Organic green tea, Oolong Wu Yi, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Pomegranate, Organic Rooibos, Ginger, Stevia, Honey, Guarana, Citric Acid, Sea Salt (electrolytes), Lemon Juice, Matcha Green Tea

    Price (based on 2g/cup, 1 cup/day): 4 week supply $45.00 ($0.80/g), 2 week supply $25.00 ($0.89/g)

    Red Flags:

    • Not FDA Approved: The FitTea website also has a disclaimer stating, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary.”
    • Contains Garcinia Cambogia Extract: This extract has become a household name ever since Dr. Oz introduced it to the world in 2012. “Thanks to brand new scientific research, I can tell you about a revolutionary fat buste. No Exercise. No Diet. No Effort. It's called Garcinia cambogia." ‎Two years later, Dr. Oz was investigated for not having the scientific evidence to back up his claims. In fact, even before Dr. Oz came onto the scene, a 1998 study of 135 participants found Garcinia cambogia did not significantly help people lose weight any more than a placebo .
    • Contains Guarana: Guarana seeds are about the size of coffee beans, but contain more than twice as much caffeine. To put it in perspective, energy drinks such as Full Throttle, Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar all contain guarana. The principle behind the idea to put caffeine (or guarana) in detox/weight loss teas is simple: if you're not hungry, you won't eat as much as you normally would.

      SkinnyMint

      "Start your Detox Journey now! Discover the most effective 2 Step Natural Tea Detox Program."

      Morning Boost (morning) - Green tea, nettle leaves, yerba mate, dandelion, guarana

      Night Cleanse (night) - Ginger root, lemon grass, peppermint, hawthorn berries, orange leaves, senna leaves, licorice root and psyllium husk

      Price (based on 2g/cup, 2 cups/day): 4 week supply $69.90 ($0.62/g),  2 week supply $37.90 ($0.67/g)

      Red Flags:

      • Contains Guarana Fruit, Senna Leaves and Psyllium Husk: Pysllium husk is both a natural laxative and appetite suppressant. The husks are often referred to as a colon cleanser, and as a by-product of this – a natural weight loss tool. Once taken, it will bulk and form a mass in the colon, which is then transported through the intestinal tract. As this mass moves through the intestinal track it “scrubs” the intestines clean. Due to the bulking nature of psyllium husks, it is essential to ensure you drink enough liquid as otherwise this product may swell up and could obstruct the throat. In addition to acting as a laxative, if taken before a meal, the psyllium husks act as an appetite suppressant by expanding to give a full feeling, and help to prevent overeating.

          Tea Blendz Detox

          Detox-ification (morning) organic rooibos, organic honeybush, organic lemon myrtle, lemon peel, juniper, ginger, licorice root, anise, lemongrass, marigold, stevia, birch leaves, willow bark and natural flavours.

          Price: (based on 2g/cup, 1 cup/day) 50g for $10.50 ($0.21/g) 

          Red Flags:

          • (Insert sarcastic tone) our tea is not endorsed by celebrities or branded in such a way that makes you believe losing weight and getting a flat stomach is as easy as drinking a cup of tea. 

          At Tea Blendz we sell our detox tea WITHOUT laxatives or ridiculous amounts of caffeine. We also sell herbs, which can easily be added to any tea at any time. Depending on medical conditions (as some herbs affect certain illnesses or ailments) creating your own tea allows you to control what actually goes in your cup.

          You may find this unbelievable, but any oolong, green, black, or white tea can have the same health outcomes as Flat Tummy Tea, Fit Tea or SkinnyMint. The difference is that their products are endorsed by celebrities and branded in such a way that you want to believe losing weight and getting a flat stomach is as easy as drinking a cup of tea.

          Final Thoughts

          If you are still wanting to try out Flat Tummy Tea, FitTea or SkinnyMint please realize the following:

          • The weight loss you achieve because of laxatives like senna and psyllium husk is likely due to water weight rather than fat. This means that as soon as you rehydrate yourself after the detox tea has worked its way through your system, the weight will come right back. It isn't a healthy or effective weight-loss product. Check with your doctor before using senna for any purpose, as it may interact with some medications, including blood thinners, birth control pills, estrogen pills and diuretics. Pregnant women shouldn't use senna, and it shouldn't be used for long periods of time by anyone. In fact the FDA says to limit the use of senna to no more than two weeks, which may be hard to do considering most teatox programs last 28 days. 
          • None of the teas sold by the above companies are FDA approved, none of the teas have proven weight-loss results and none of the teas work on their own. Each company states that nutrition and exercise are a key part to their detox programs.
          • TeaBlendz is not an authority on detoxification. Do your own research and make an informed decision.

          Katie Wojtowicz
          Katie Wojtowicz

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