Our bodies have amazing natural detox abilities. Many of our major organs, most notably our liver, are designed to cleanse us of impurities—evolving over millions of years perfecting these traits. But our systems are not prepared for the onslaught of post-1950 synthetic toxins that we ingest, breathe, and absorb through our skin, on a daily basis. So we need to take special precautions to avoid certain products and we must do all that we can to support our natural detox abilities.
According to Cosmopolitan Magazine, there are also health risks associated with teatoxes. Severe stomach cramps and diarrhea are not uncommon symptoms to experience while teatoxing. Nutritionist Renée Leonard-Stainton, founder of Reneenaturally.com, says this isn’t an unusual response to senna, an herb that’s in colon cleanser tea bags and other diet tea products. “Senna has a strong laxative effect and it can cause headaches, diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. In the long-term, it can make the bowel reliant on this kind of stimulation to work.”’ Senna also can lead to electrolyte shortage and nutrient deficiencies. Furthermore, your body already naturally detoxes your body via your liver and kidneys. Think about it logically: if toxins were actually building up in your body that your liver and kidneys could not naturally excrete, you would likely already be sick or even dead. Clearly, this is not the case in healthy individuals. Your organs are excellent at performing their job – you do not need the help of a bogus tea.
Hi Cathy, The word “detox” in the context of teas and supplements is just a marketing term. There is no actual detox going on in your body. Sometimes these sorts of companies tell you to eat healthier, which is good general advice anyway, but giving up sodas and chips in favour of more fruits and veggies is not “detoxing” either, but is simply adopting a healthier lifestyle. If you’ve got a normal working liver and pair of kidneys, then your body is detoxing just fine. I recommend saving your money and never spending it on any product which uses “detox” in their name or marketing materials.
Prepare the navy beans by adding 3 cups of fresh water to a pot for each cup of dried beans, so that the liquid level is about 1-2 inches about the beans. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, partially covering the pot. Skim off any foam that develops, and simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours until tender. Add to a salad or enjoy as a dish on its own.
Knowing that dietary supplements — including weight loss pills, herbs, enzymes and teas — are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in ways that other medications are, you may be wondering if they’re safe to consume. (2) Better yet, do weight loss pills or other fat-burning supplements even work, making them worth any potential risks involved? Studies have found that risks of fat-burning supplements can include nausea, headaches, anxiety, indigestion and trouble sleeping. Most adverse effects are caused by factors like interactions with medications, ingesting too much caffeine or consuming “filler” ingredients not even listed on the product’s label. While weight loss products may possibly give you a lift in energy and mood, they likely won’t be enough to sustain any real weight loss without other lifestyle changes.
If you are not experiencing regular bowel movements (2-3 bowel movements daily), then fermentation of carbohydrates and putrefaction of proteins (toxemia) found in fecal material occurs. Autointoxication is the result which is best defined as the process in which the body is poisoned through reabsorption its own waste that would normally be excreted. Not eliminating properly or being constipated is like having your city garbage collector go on strike for days on end. What happens? The garbage piles up, rots, putrefies or ferments, begins to smell, and affects the surrounding area in many ways. The same thing happens in our own sewage system.
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.
Your seven-day detox diet is also a perfect opportunity to try out new stress-management techniques. To alleviate daily stress and find your way to greater calm, try practicing deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness meditation, or yoga. Even simple strategies like listening to music, going for a leisurely walk, soaking in the tub, or curling up with a favorite book can help soothe your mind.
I don’t get why people would spend money on tea like that. Just use your money for real tea such as green, oolong, black, etc… I love herbal teas because they taste so yummy and just drinking tea throughout the day is good for you. You get hydration, and for me especially, I don’t feel as hungry. I just don’t understand why people woukd spend money on that stuff when they can buy actual tea at the grocery store.
Pour a cup of boiling water over the dandelion and peppermint and steep, covered, for 5-10 minutes. Strain, add lemon to taste if you like, and drink a cup twice daily. You can also make this with fresh dandelion leaves/roots and fresh peppermint, just use a rough handful of the fresh leaves for the amount. If you do use fresh, be absolutely certain that there have been no chemicals applied to them- this is especially important for dandelion. If you use dandelion on a regular basis, I suggest growing your own.
Some still consider fasting -- in any form -- to be "out there." "When I review diets that are not based on science, the question I ask myself is: Would I feed them to my family? In this case, the answer is a clear no," says Susan Roberts, PhD, chief of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and a professor of nutrition at Tufts University in Boston.