Fans of many detox teas have no idea that these drinks can cause serious heart and intestinal problems explains the doctor Lauretta Ihonor.
These drinks should not be part of a healthy diet.
For some time, detox teas have become one of the most advanced ways to fight obesity and promote health. This drink is actively promoted by celebrities and received considerable popularity on the Internet. But how useful are these “natural methods for cleansing the body” for our health from doctors point of view?
Lea Michele, Kylie Jenner and Nicki Minaj recommend teas for detoxification.
The British doctor Loretta Ihonor argues that these drinks cause huge damage to human health. For some time she even started collecting signatures to ban laxative teas for detoxification.
For the most part, these products contain a laxative called senna.
Producers of teas are generous in giving statements about the strong cleansing effect of these products that break down fat in the gastrointestinal tract.
There is only one problem:
For all these claims there is absolutely no evidence in terms of science. In fact, the “senna” tea stimulates the colon to shrink more than normal, and expels water and electrolytes which are important for the body along with feces.
In the short term this dehydration induced by the tea can actually lead to weight loss, but it has no connection with the loss of fat as calories from food are absorbed long before in the intestines before moving into the colon.
There is actually only one case, approved by the physicians where senna can be used and it is for short-term treatment of constipation. The expression “short-term” refers to 1 week. After this time senna should be taken only under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
But manufacturers, contrary to the recommendations of the doctors advise their clients to take them for 28 days. Some companies even advocate a repetition of month after month with a break of one week.
Such long-term use of senna can lead to irreparable damage to the gastrointestinal system. The intestines may stop working properly, so one will have a lifetime to rely on laxatives. The loss of electrolytes in the body can lead to heart disease, muscle weakness, damage to the liver and many other hazardous to health and life consequences.
There is another unforeseen effect of detox teas – they may produce unwanted pregnancy because these teas neutralize pills against pregnancy.
Then what is the solution?
Common sense says “stay away from any product that is too-good-to-be-true – just exercise more, eat a nutritious diet that is low in unhealthy ingredients and be patient” – advises Dr. Loretta Ihonor.