Teatox diets: Another way to lose weight

The salespeople say teatoxing improves energy, clears up skin, boosts metabolism and promotes weight loss.

 

Remember juicing was the thing?  The newest way to cleanse your body is the “teatox,” which supplements a low-calorie diet with large amounts of herbal tea. (The #teatox hashtag has over 300,000 posts on Instagram.) Tea salespeople say teatoxing improves energy, clears up skin, boosts metabolism and promotes weight loss.

But this Dr. Esther Konigsberg says something different.

Teatoxing might cause weight loss because the prescribed teas include senna, says Dr. Esther Konigsberg, medical director for Integrative Medicine Consultants in Toronto. “Senna is a laxative that works by irritating the bowels,” she says. This can result in diarrhea, which causes weight loss through dehydration – a dangerous condition that can lead to malnutrition. Popular teatox programs come in 7-, 14- and 28-day packs, extended periods which can prolong diarrhea, leading over time to electrolyte imbalances, depleted potassium levels, and heart irregularities. Prolonging diarrhea can also put you at risk for “rebound constipation” as your body becomes dependent on the laxative to produce bowel movements. In other words: not a sustainable (or pleasant) way to lose weight.

 

So think twice before trying the next new thing.