Smoothies are a great healthy breakfast for kids, but busy parents know there's no time for all that chopping and measuring in the morning rush. Make these easy DIY smoothie packs ahead of time and stash them in your freezer until you're ready to whir up a fruit-filled meal or snack kids will love. This makes enough for a workweek's worth of smoothies!

Nope. Removing toxins? You’re just forcibly giving yourself diarrhea. There’s no toxin or waste build-up the water is removing. This is just fecal matter that would have been expelled naturally (in time) by your body anyway, but with added potential complications — like intestinal parasites, bowel perforation, and heart failure. In fact, this article from The Journal of Family Practice reported the following adverse effects due to colon cleansing:
Green tea extract: This herb is rich in polyphenols that help support a weight loss program by increasing energy expenditure. Healthy young men who took two green tea capsules (containing 50 mg of caffeine and 90 mg of EGCG) three times a day had a significantly greater energy expenditure and fat oxidation than those who took caffeine alone or placebo.15
These juice cleanses generally claim to give you more energy, make your skin glow, and help you lose weight by ridding your system of heavy metals, pesticides, and other nefarious yet unnamed toxins … how exactly does apple juice or kale accomplish this, even if it is "cold pressured" or organic? Why couldn’t you do this in (much cheaper and more nutritious) salad form? Could any of these websites point me to the mechanism of action or do they just do this via waving their magic wand of organic-iness?

In 2010 environmental thought leader Bruce Lourie and environmentalist Rick Smith wrote the international best seller, Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things, an exposé on the toxic load that’s poisoning the environment, the food chain, and us. The thesis of the book was that we all need to be more careful about what we put in our bodies, on our bodies, and into the earth’s landfills because it has a demonstrable (and measurable) impact on all of us. Fair point. But what about the toxic load that’s outside of our control, that’s in our workplaces, our cars, our restaurants? So Lourie and Smith decided to write a follow-up, Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals out of our Bodies and Our World, about how to get all the toxins out of your system once they’re in there. And that’s where it gets a little bit more nebulous, particularly in a detox landscape that’s overly-marketed and full of false claims. So, in a hilarious and fascinating account, the duo decided to test it all through self-experimentation—and by talking to a lot of experts in the process. They exposed themselves to any number of bad things—shampoos, cosmetics, fabrics and mattresses, non-stick pans, plastic bottles, and pesticide-laden food—and then they measured their blood and sweat. And then employed everything from from chelation to sauna therapy to detox diets to see what expedited the cleanse. Some things definitely did nothing (ionic footbaths). Some things made them pass out (overzealous sauna-ing). But some things worked—namely anything that compelled the body to sweat, and anything that burned fat (most toxins are lipophilic, i.e., they’re attracted to fat). Below, we asked Bruce Lourie some questions.
The first time I did this cleanse, I noticed that its effects aren't just physical. I believe there is a spiritual aspect as well. Afterward I felt a sense of peace that I didn't have before. If you'd like to see for yourself, eat according to my meal plan for two days. (If you're on regular medication, check with your doctor first.) I recommend repeating the cleanse three or four times a year, or whenever you're feeling bloated or sluggish. I promise it will rejuvenate you—from the inside out.

Thank you for your comment. I can understand how frustrated you must be having gone through all that. First thing I’ll say is, be careful not to let fear and frustration take control and push you into making some bad decisions. All these teas, potions, and HCG are hot air with no real scientific basis. Just because you “lose weight” doesn’t mean that it’s working for you and to your advantage. Anyone can “lose weight” by starving themselves. In the case of these weight loss teas, they are simply loaded with diuretics and laxatives which, if you’re taking them and eating less, you will lose weight mostly in the form of pee and feces, and maybe a little fat, but not as much fat as you were expecting. I know this because I’ve run thousands of DEXA body composition scans on people doing all kinds of wacky regimens. In many cases, it’s like trying to fix a leaky pipe by wrapping plastic tape around the leak. It might “work” for the short term, but you can be guaranteed it’ll start leaking/gushing again. In the case of gaining 5 pounds in 3 days, I can assure you that you didn’t not gain 5 pounds of fat in three days. That is physiologically impossible. You are experiencing “weight gain” but not fat gain. Usually this is due to changes in body fluid more than anything.
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I did! :O just bought it around a week ago and so far i’ve only used one sachet HAHA. i don’t know Cassey, i’ve been drinking normal green tea all the while and after trying this “SLIMMING DETOX TEA” or whatever shit, you know what i feel? I FEEL LIKE IT DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT ALL I MIGHT AS WELL JUST DRINK MY NORMAL GREEN TEA CAUSE IT TASTES AND IT FEELS THE SAME. ugh i think i’m gonna go dispose my slimming tea shit and get back to Square 1 – aka drinking MORE water and MORE AND MORE water. jeez. i’m glad i wasn’t too late about all this slimming tea shit. thanks for the heads up, Cassey! love you. < 345
Hi Cassey! Thanks so much for such an informative post. I’m 16 years old and have had an ongoing struggle with learning to love my body. When these first became popular a year or so ago, I was very tempted by them. The advertising is so dangerous and *really* appeals to people who are more susceptible to developing an eating disorder. I’m glad I never gave in, though, because there really isn’t any shortcut with this sort of thing.
I cannot thank you enough for breaking everything down to the real ‘nuts and bolts’ of the product. I had a hysterectomy a year ago(I’m 41) and it seems I bloat much more, my bowels don’t move with a little help from senna(every week) and weight is packing on in my midsection. I’m in the healthcare field and I know the hype…Detox tea’s, shakes, you name it! We all want a ‘quick fix’…but, it is just that…a Quick Fix, not lasting. As we age our bodies change, and whether we like it or not, we need to change also, if we want to be healthy. Even being in healthcare, I admit, I’ve done the diet pills, weight loss drinks, ate healthy. Lost weight yes, until I stopped taking the pills, and shakes. Hello pounds right back on.
Evidence of effectiveness. There are no data on this particular diet in the medical literature. But many studies have shown that fasts and extremely low-calorie diets invariably lower the body's basal metabolic rate as it struggles to conserve energy. Once the dieter resumes normal eating, rapid weight gain follows. Much of the weight loss achieved through this diet results from fluid loss related to extremely low carbohydrate intake and frequent bowel movements or diarrhea produced by salt water and laxative tea. When the dieter resumes normal fluid intake, this weight is quickly regained.
But as the priceless treasure too frequently hides at the bottom of a well, it needs some courage to dive for it, especially as he that does so will be likely to incur more scorn and obloquy for the mud and water into which he has ventured to plunge, than thanks for the jewel he procures; as, in like manner, she who undertakes the cleansing of a careless bachelor's apartment will be liable to more abuse for the dust she raises than commendation for the clearance she effects.
The thing that bothers me the most is that normal (particularly green and rooibos) tea that’s $2 for a giant box actually are recommended for IBS sufferers (and really do help digestion), so these companies are latching on to this very specific, limited health use to seem legitimate, then hawking total bs and body hate to desperate people. Plus like, ugh it’s not even high quality tea. Lol
The colon remains ground zero for detox advocates. Advertisements may argue that some sort of toxic sludge (sometimes called a mucoid plaque) is accumulating in the colon, making it a breeding ground for parasites, Candida (yeast) and other nastiness. Fortunately, science tells us otherwise: mucoid plaques and toxic sludge simply do not exist. It’s a made-up idea to sell detoxification treatments. Ask any gastroenterologist (who look inside colons for a living) if they’ve ever seen one. There isn’t a single case of mucoid plaque that’s been documented in the medical literature. Not one. The same can be said for rope worms. The do not exist.

I have been using FitTea for almost 3 months now and yes it’s water weight – but for someone on a weight loss journey water weight is a good start. It makes me feel less bloated. There is nothing wrong with that. Your blog lost absolutely all creditability as you’re being paid to do the same thing these models are. It doesn’t bother me that models are being paid for product placement. I don’t care. FitTea seems to lower my bloating – I don’t believe and will never believe that one item will make me lose weight. It won’t.

And take your money they do. They take it and pay the models and celebrities to hold their tea in a very awkwardly posed ad. (Who does that!??? Ok well it looks like a lot of people.) I honestly can’t even imagine how much these people get paid to do that. Especially KYLIE JENNER? I am sure Kris scored her a BIG campaign deal for that one. It makes me wonder how lucrative that industry is and how many gullible, hopeless people are falling for this magic weight loss shortcut. It’s truly sickening.
Yerba mate, a plant common in South America. The leaves are used to make a drink high in polyphenols, a group of compounds found in plants that help the body defend itself against disease. Yerba mate also contains caffeine, so it has a stimulatory effect similar to coffee. A recent review suggests it may be helpful in lowering blood cholesterol levels;
Regular inadequate sleep plays havoc with more than the bags under your eyes; it also interferes with hormones that regulate hunger and, as a result, sleep-deprived people tend to overeat. Boost your zzz’s by hitting the sack about one hour earlier each night. Learn 9 Tips to Get Better Sleep, and then eat 6 Evening Foods for a Better Night’s Sleep.

This blogger switches up the classic kale-apple-dates combo by adding an antioxidant-rich cup of green tea, which is also proven to reduce blood pressure. You're left with a smooth, warm drink with just the right amount of sweetness to comfort you on a chilly winter day. This smoothie is about 250 calories, and you can lower the calorie count even more by using one date instead of two (they're about 66 calories each).

They found that in the group of people who had the most risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and who also ate more healthy foods and exercised more, those having the tea or tea extracts had a weight reduction of about 4kg. Interestingly, in the group who were not given healthy lifestyle advice and who did not have many risk factors, the average weight loss was only about 350 grams.

Before you go on you should have a simple understanding of the process your body goes through when dropping the pounds. Fat (along with protein and carbohydrates) is stored energy, plain and simple. Calories are the unit that is used to measure the potential energy in said fats, carbs, and proteins. Your body will convert fat to usable energy through a series of chemical processes, and any excess energy (calories) that you don’t need will be stored away. To lose weight, you must expend more energy (or calories) than you take in. When you are using more than you taking in, your body draws on stored fat to convert it to energy, which makes the fat cells shrink. It doesn’t disappear; it simply changes form, like water to steam. While this is the basic process, you also have to take into account genetic and environmental factors. How well the above process takes place does vary from person to person.
Toxins are any substance that can be poisonous or cause negative health effects. “Toxin” refers to all the metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, pesticides, and poisons that cause the body harm.[1] “Toxin” is a very broad term and it’s even, unfortunately, become a bit of a buzzword to some. Artificially created chemicals can be toxins, but naturally occurring substances can be toxic, too. Arsenic is a natural toxin. Technically, so is cobra venom (though you’re less likely to find this contaminating your town’s water supply).

The marketing for these teas are simple and brilliant! I mean, get a hot girl, have her hold your product, and claim that she uses it to look like that and people will start to wonder. Get HUNDREDS of hot girls and models to do it and suddenly people will believe. And finally, get celebrities to endorse it? Well, then there’s no holding me back…TAKE MY MONEY!!! JUST TAKE IT NOW!!!!
Dinner? That's miso soup with some chopped sea vegetables (like the Japanese nori, used to make sushi) snipped over top. Or you might choose a cup of brown rice with a few chopped vegetables mixed in. "Brown rice gives your body plenty of B vitamins, which is a stress reducer. It's very high fiber, will fill you up, will help you sleep, and will flush you out in the morning."