You start the New Year wanting a fast and easy change and you’re tempted by a quick detox. You see them everywhere and celebrities praise their efficacy. Detox teas, or Teatox, claim to make you…

You start the New Year wanting a fast and easy change and you’re tempted by a quick detox. You see them everywhere and celebrities praise their efficacy. Detox teas, or Teatox, claim to make you lose fat and eliminate toxins naturally in just 4 weeks. I’m going to be honest with you: this is too good to be true. 

We see ads everywhere claiming products like this flush out impurities out of your body, but I doubt it actually works. We already come with a super efficient detox organ: the liver. And no tea will make the job as good as it does already.

Teatox: what’s the harm?

It’s hard to know what exactly is inside each teatox product as they are not regulated an are all different. They usually are herbal teas containing ginger and ginseng, but some others contain Senna, a powerful laxative.

Laxatives stimulates your colon to contract more than it usually does, forcing out water and waste. So you might think this tea works wonders because your tummy is flat in a week, but truth is, you only lost water weight, not fat. 

As a rule, teas that contain senna should always be avoided. Dr Megan Rossi, a research associate at King’s College London who specializes in gut health explains: 

“Drinking tea containing senna will speed up the transit of the food in your intestine, meaning you are less likely to absorb the energy.

Malabsorption of your food means you could end up with nutritional deficiencies because even though you’re eating a balanced diet, most of it is passing straight through your body and coming out into the toilet.”

She adds that depriving your body of nutrition by taking laxatives could trigger your body to go into starvation mode, which will lead to weight gain when you stop drinking the tea.

Long term use of laxatives may cause dependence. While laxatives shouldn’t be used when you don’t have digestive problems and shouldn’t be taken for more than two weeks, most teatox brands come in packages of 28-day plans. 

Instead of Detox, Reboot.

Unlike a detox where you starve yourself for a few days and can’t do in the long term, a reboot is designed to get your eating habits on track so that your whole body — your organs, your skin, your brain, your heart, your immune system, and your mind — are all feeling renewed.

Choose foods full of nutrients and antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. and avoid packaged foods.

6 easy steps for a complete reboot

  1. Make more smoothies and choose nutrient-rich fruits and veggies. Smoothies are the easiest way to get your recommended daily amount of fruit and veggies that are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
  2. Focus more on antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods.
  3. Make your plate pretty and add colors! Have a wide variety of berries, fruits and veggies. Your food should look like a rainbow.
  4. De-stress and sleep more. Have a look at our guide on how to sleep better.
  5. Do It Yourself in the kitchen. Cook with fresh produce and avoid packaged, processed foods high in saturated and trans fats. 
  6. Exercise regularly. It’s good for your body and your mind. 40 minutes a day is enough to get all the benefits of regular exercise!