When it comes to healthy and sustainable weight loss, it takes a system that has clinical evidence supporting its safety and effectiveness. This is not the case when people turn to the “slimming teas” that have become a popular go-to for anyone looking to slim down.
The deed of drinking tea is certainly a healthy one, and may be the reason why slimming teas have picked up followers with their claims of melting fat and improving overall health. But are these weight loss teas actually working for you or against you?
Many of these teas are filled with herbs associated with some weight loss and health benefits, such as green tea. However the “slimming” effect often comes from the addition of laxatives. Laxatives work by irritating the bowel inducing digestive motility, which is why they are commonly prescribed to temporarily treat constipation.
Long-term use of laxative teas is associated with complications such as electrolyte imbalance, kidney damage, and loss of normal gut function (1-3). Some of the laxative additives such as senna leaf extract, aloe latex, and cascara sagrada are not just harmful to the kidneys and gut, but are thought to be carcinogenic. Because of these harmful side effects, the FDA banned their use in over-the-counter constipation medications, but there are no regulations regarding their use in herbal dietary teas (4).
Note that aloe latex (containing anthraquinones) should not be confused with aloe inner-leaf gel, which does not have any laxative effect and is shown in studies to be safe when used long-term (5).
Instead of aggravating the digestive tract with laxative-packed teas, turn to a weight loss system clinically shown to be effective, safe, and healthy. The Isagenix combination of Shake Days and Cleanse Days has a building body of research behind it for successful weight loss and weight maintenance, in addition to better compliance than a heart-healthy diet (6;7).
The difference with Isagenix is there’s no promise of a “slimming tea” or magic bullet product able to achieve amazing results overnight. Rather, Isagenix offers a system of science-backed proponents that when followed consistently will result in healthy and sustainable weight loss. Isagenix is not meant as a one-time diet—it’s meant as a nutritional system to be integrated into any lifestyle for achieving health goals.
Still want tea? Tea lovers can still be covered with Isagenix, too. t+ Chai is a soothing low-calorie tea filled with an herbal blend of adaptogens that have shown in research to help the body adapt to stress and enhance mental clarity (8:9). Not only does t+ Chai not contain any carcinogenic laxatives, but it’s caffeine-free and also lacks any sugars, artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors.
A great Shake Day or Cleanse Day companion, t+ Chai can be enjoyed guilt-free any time of day. Unique, convenient and ready-to-use snap packs make it easy to have t+ anywhere, anytime, and to leave the slimming teas where they belong – on the shelf.
- Nadir A, et al. Cascara sagrada-induced intrahepatic cholestasis causing portal hypertension: case report and review of herbal hepatotoxicity. Am J Gastroenterol. 2000;95:3634–7.
- National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health. Senna: MedlinePlus Supplements
- Vanderperren B, Rizzo M, Angenot L, Haufroid V, Jadoul M, Hantson P. Acute liver failure with renal impairment related to the abuse of senna anthraquinone glycosides. Ann Pharmacother. 2005 Jul-Aug;39(7-8):1353-7.
- Department of Health and Human Services. Status of Certain Additional Over-the-Counter Drug Category II and III Active Ingredients. 2002. Retrieved on September 14, 2014 from http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/050902a.htm
- National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health. Aloe: MedlinePlus Supplements
- Kroeger CM, Klempel MC, Bhutani S, Trepanowski JF, Tangney CC, Varady KA. Improvement in coronary heart disease risk factors during an intermittent fasting/calorie restriction regimen: Relationship to adipokine modulations. Nutr Metab (Lond) 2012;9:98.
- Klempel MC, Kroeger CM, Bhutani S, Trepanowski JF, Varady KA. Intermittent fasting combined with calorie restriction is effective for weight loss and cardio-protection in obese women. Nutr J 2012;11:98.
- Panossian A, Wikman G. Effects of adaptogens on the central nervous system and the molecular mechanisms associated with their stree-protective activity. Pharmaceuticals 2010; 3: 188-224.
- Panossian A, Wikman G. Evidence-based efficacy of adaptogens in fatigue, and molecular mechanisms related to their stress-protective activity. Curr Clin Pharmacol 2009;4:198-219.