HEALTHWhy Detox Teas aren't worth it
Detox teas are defined as “herbal teas (or tisanes) that are used to detoxify the body” by spruceeats.com. Though, this definition may not be accurate. The site goes on to list “8 Best Detox Teas for Improved Health.”
These facts are false, and promoting them isn’t right. In fact, these products may harm you more than they help you in your diet.
Doctor Mike Varshavsky talks about Detox Teas in one of his videos
Everyone, in this day in age, wants to be in good shape, with diseases like diabetes being a leading cause of death in America, and heart disease killing many. That’s where detox teas come in.
Detox teas have been suggested by many to remove toxins from your body and lose weight. Detox promoters partake in consuming only juices or other liquids for several days or cleaning out the colon with enemas or laxatives.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) both have taken legal action against these detox companies, which were marketing for unapproved uses.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “There isn’t any convincing evidence that detox or cleansing programs actually remove toxins from your body or improve your health.” To add on to the fact that there is no convincing evidence that these drinks help benefit you at all, they may actually do the the opposite of what they want you to think.
These companies also suggest fasting, which can lead to headaches, fainting, weakness, dehydration, and hunger pangs, all of which being obviously harmful. Not only that, but these juices have not been pasteurized, making them dangerous to humans. To make it even worse, these juices are high in Oxalate, which can damage the kidney, making those with kidney disease suffer even more.
Detoxification, which often uses laxatives, can cause severe diarrhea, often times bad enough to lead to electrolyte imbalance.
And lastly, if your family has a history of gastrointestinal disease, colon surgery, kidney disease, or heart disease, these cleansing products can make you more likely to have these problems.
Even the Mayo Clinic claims, “Colon cleansing, which is often recommended as part of a detox plan, can cause cramping, bloating, nausea and vomiting. Dehydration also can be a concern.” This again supports the idea that detox teas aren't actually beneficial for health and wellness.
“The bigger problem to me here is when these companies buy out medical professionals and they get them to claim that these products work... Don’t you wonder why it is that so many doctors are selling supplements in their own offices? Because it’s a moneymaker,” Doctor Mike Varshavski said in a recent video.
So this statement by Doctor Varshavski demonstrates that some doctors only promote these products because it makes them money.
The effectiveness of detox teas are currently being investigated by the FDA and other U.S. agencies, and based on what will be found, the public will still have to make a decision on whether these practices are actually healthy.