Spilling the (Detox) Tea: What You May Not Know About Detox Teas & Products
To Spill or to Sip? That is the Question.
Slimming teas and smoothies can be an alluring option for those wanting to cut calories and quickly lose a few pounds. Many of these products have a laxative effect that may give your body a slimmer look in a relatively short amount of time.
Laxatives (and products with laxative effects) may seem like an easy way to cleanse or detox your digestive system, but there is much to consider before taking one. Moreover, prolonged use of laxatives can be harmful and can contribute to various digestive disorders. Read on to learn more about the risks associated with laxative misuse and abuse.
Too Much of a Useful Thing
Laxative overuse can start when someone requires digestive relief on a regular basis, but can expand to other uses; like trying to “flush” the system and get rid of a few unwanted pounds in a short amount of time.
The belief that laxatives will flush food and extra weight out the body, however, may result in unwanted (or severe) side effects.
Using laxatives to detoxify can lead to worse problems in the long-run. Taking laxative-laced products in excess can lead to dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance, which can impair detoxification processes.
If you are considering a cleanse, don't take laxatives as part of it. Your body's detox pathways may work best with the right balance of fiber, water, and electrolytes.
Back to the Basics
While laxatives are beneficial in certain situations, avoid adding them to your detox regimen and opt for a healthful, fiber-rich diet instead— being sure to also stay hydrated.
It's important to make sure that you know the risks of using laxatives before you start your detox. Prolonged laxative use can also interrupt digestive health and lead to a dependency.
It’s important to talk to a licensed healthcare professional prior to starting any detox regimen, taking laxatives, or starting a health & wellness regimen.