Teatoxes... Yeah, No
There’s been discussion on teatoxes pretty much since they hit the scene. They’re trendy, they’re cute and I’ve tried pretty much all of them.
Any detox really is useless. If you’re drinking enough water and have a healthy liver and kidneys your body does any detoxing you need it to.
Here’s the thing with teatoxes: They sort of work. They rely on rapidly flushing water out of your system. Again, if you’re properly hydrated your body does this for you. You do look a bit thinner pretty damn fast.
Most teatoxes come with pamphlets that suggest a diet and exercise routine to accompany them. Usually it’s things like cut out sugar, simple carbohydrates, fried food.. basically stuff you shouldn’t be eating regularly anyway. It reminds me a bit of when I gave up gluten for a month to see what the fuss was about. I’ve never had an issue with gluten so when people were telling me how much weight I lost or how glowy I looked I could confidently say that it had nothing to do with gluten and more to do with the fact that I was eating a bowl of porridge instead of two vending machine cookies for breakfast every morning.
Most teatoxes consist of a daily morning tea and an every second night tea. The morning tea usually consists of dandelion leaf and green tea which are both diuretics. The night tea usually contains psyllium husk or senna which are laxatives. Now, both diuretics and laxatives have their place medically, but it’s not something you want to put yourself on. Trust me, it’s hell.
All up, teatoxes are an expensive, kind of dangerous way to gain access to a diet and fitness routine you could find in five seconds on pinterest. They’re just not worth it. If you’re worried about bloating drink more water or switch your coffee out for a normal green tea.