Marketing materials for detox treatments typically describe an array of symptoms and diseases linked to toxin buildup: A few that are general enough to apply to anyone (e.g., headache, fatigue, insomnia, hunger) with a few specifics to frighten you (cancer, etc.) Which toxins cause which disease is left out, and how the toxins cause the symptoms is never actually explained. Here again we see the contrast with real science. To establish that even a single chemical can cause disease requires a significant amount of research. Despite the variety of toxins that are claimed to be causing your illness, marketing claims for detox treatments always fail to link specific toxins to specific symptoms or illnesses. That’s because they can’t — there is no scientific evidence to show that detox treatments have any useful medical effects.
There’s a reason we fall for the marketing of detoxification — we seem hardwired to believe we need it, perhaps related to our susceptibility to ideas of sympathetic magic. Purification rituals date back to the earliest reaches of recorded history. The idea that we’re somehow poisoning ourselves and we need to atone for our sins seems to be a part of human nature, which may explain why it’s still a part of most of the world’s religions. It’s not miasmas or sin that we’re as worried about today, however. As our knowledge of biology grew, these fears manifested as “autointoxication.” Clean out the bowels, went the theory, and you could cure any illness. Science discarded autointoxication by the 1900’s as we gained a better understanding of anatomy, physiology, and the true cause of disease. Yet the term persists today – but now it’s marketing slogan. Today’s version of autointoxication argues that our environment is increasingly toxic, and it’s making us ill. Depending on who you ask, some combination of food additives, salt, meat, fluoride, prescription drugs, smog, vaccine ingredients, GMOs, not “eating clean”, or perhaps not “eating paleo” are causing a buildup of “toxins” in the body. And don’t forget gluten. Gluten is evil and therefore it is a toxin. (Never mind the science.) So what is the actual “toxin” that is causing you vague but apparently real harm? Detox kits and treatments never name the toxins that they remove, because they’ve never been shown to remove toxins. Picking one common drug store detox kit, Renew Life says:
I first learned about “skinny teas” when Flat Tummy Tea reached out to me. I was interested in working with them after I saw their Instagram posts so I thought I’d give it a try. The 28-day cycle consisted of an activate tea and then a cleanse tea. You drink the activate tea in the morning and then every other night you drink the cleanse tea. I will say, both teas tasted surprisingly pleasant.
Honestly, I almost fell into this fit tea or skinny tea trap! I almost wanted to buy it last year cause, well, I was thinking “oh, if this could help me lose weight faster, why not?”. Then I came to my senses and did some digging around for reviews. ALL the reviews were, basically, saying the same thing!! Then, I saw some comments on their FB page, people were saying it have them cramps, stomach ache and the list goes on. I’m so glad I didn’t buy it cause I finally realize that only exercise and clean eating is much more substantial than all this fads. I’m glad you spoke up about it, Cassey!! ♡

“A quality, plant-based diet will always help promote your body’s natural detox system,” says Ashley Koff, RD, who is in private practice in Washington, DC. “Some of my detoxifying faves are whole grains (that’s right, you don’t have to be gluten-free to detox!), peanuts, seeds (hemp, sesame, and sunflower), avocado, banana, spinach, and all greens.” Your body also needs certain nutrients from foods to eliminate toxic chemicals, Koff says, including those found in broccoli, sesame seeds, seaweed, shallots, leeks, garlic and radishes.


In general, there was no credible evidence to demonstrate that detox kits do anything at all. While they can be very unpleasant, they have not been shown to remove “toxins” or offer any health benefits. Coffee enemas are commonly promoted as toxin-removers. Coffee enemas offer no medical benefits. Vitamin injections are a popular naturopathic offering that has not been shown to provide meaningful benefits to consumers, as it has no beneficial effect on the ability of your liver or kidneys to work effectively. Chelation injections are touted as a cure-all for all kinds of illnesses, but unlike real chelation that is administered in hospitals for real cases of poisoning, naturopath chelation is not science-based and doesn’t seem to do much of anything (except enrich its proponents).

While your cells constantly detoxify, consider doing a more formal detox as a spring (or fall) full-body cleanse. These plans, which typically last two to three weeks, include all the essentials to help your liver and other organs optimally detoxify, including protein, nutrients, and a detox-minded eating plan. Our Detox System provides all the nutrient support you need to keep your natural cellular and body detoxification in peak, all in one convenient package.
If you feel like you’ve plateaued and everything you’re eating, no matter if it’s healthy or unhealthy, doesn’t show a difference in your body, this is what you need! We begin with a 4 week “reset” where I take you through an omission challenge to discover your body’s food intolerances and sensitivities. Then after the 4 weeks, we slowly add make certain foods to see what you’re allergic too and what could have been causing that extra bloat, weight gain, etc. You also get 150+ easy eat-clean recipes to choose from that you get to keep forever. See more here.
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.
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.

While other juicing advocates may disagree, we believe that if you are already a coffee (or tea) drinker, it is okay to continue to drink organic, black coffee (or tea) during your cleanse. Your system will be challenged already by the detox happening from not consuming whole foods, adding another layer of detoxing from the caffeine on which your body relies if you are an avid coffee (or tea) drinker may be too much and cause you to not make it through your entire cleanse. Keeping the coffee (or tea) in your diet during the cleanse also may help curb your appetite and headaches.
As someone who has willingly tried popular cleanses — I went raw for 2 weeks, I drank juice for a week (three times) — I was game. Besides, what's the worst thing that could happen? Well, for starters, I wasn't exactly sure what I was signing up for. "There are many appealing things about detox teas — a quick fix to compensate for not-so-healthy habits," says Robin Foroutan, RDN, an integrative dietician nutritionist at The Morrison Center in New York City. "A little extra detox support is almost always a good idea (unless you're pregnant or breast feeding, then it's a bad one). But you have to be aware of which herbs actually help support the body's natural detox systems. Not all detox teas contain herbs that actually help with detox."
Here's an interesting thought to keep in mind. If all you do is fast just one day a week, it adds up spectacularly. In seven years, you will have fasted for one entire year. For the average person, that represents 1.5 pounds saved every two weeks—39 lbs in body weight at the end of the seven years! What do you think a year of fasting every seven years would do to optimize your health—let alone slow down any weight gain you might otherwise have experienced?
Who doesn’t want to think that a delightful mixture of kale, twigs, tree sap, unicorn tears, and whatever Gwyneth Paltrow is raving about this week can make you pretty? It’s glitter in a bottle. Right? Wrong. For one, most green juices are just sugar water. Suja Juice’s Green Supreme has 42 grams of sugar, no iron or B vitamins, and minimal protein. At $6.99 to $8.99 per bottle, you’re getting …. juice. Similarly, BlueprintCleanse, Juice From The Raw, and JUS by Julie are not magic keys to weight loss and well-being. All are cold-pressed, organic, and sell at astronomically high prices with vague promises of making you less gross.
Overall, I noticed that I was less bloated around the time of my period and I felt good. I think if I were to do it again, I would only use the cleanse tea once a week as I’m not sure, health-wise, how often you are supposed to drink those herbs. To give you a comparison, it has similar effect as the Smooth Move tea you can buy at the grocery store if you are having trouble in that area. (Although I say you should just increase your fiber intake and you shouldn’t have any issue. 😉)
Thank you so much for telling others how you feel about skinny teas! I feel like my voice was lost or didn’t matter when I talked to my peers, and lots of them read your blog, so this is great that the message will get through. I am an avid tea sipper and if teas aren’t sweetened or have any extra things, it’s just as good! Teas have different benefits, antioxidants, herbs, etc. This stuff just has a label slapped on with a sexy girl. I grew up with tea drinkers most of my life and even Gramma called bullcrap on the marketing. Too many laxatives will damage the body in the long run; I’m just surprised this stuff is still selling! Thanks, Casey!!

When it comes to simple dietary changes, there’s little evidence of harm. Eating more quinoa and kale, and less processed and refined foods is reasonable dietary advice for everyone. Homeopathic “detox” is also likely safe — with no active ingredients, homeopathy is an elaborate placebo system. As you get into more unorthodox detox treatments that actually contain active ingredients, there is the potential for harm. Coffee enemas are a detoxification process that has a real risk of harm. From a medical perspective, coffee enemas are considered unsafe. Rare but serious adverse events like septicemia (bacteria in the bloodstream), rectal perforation, and electrolyte abnormalities have been caused by coffee enemas. Deaths from the administration of coffee enemas have also been reported.
Often times, we think the best weight-loss strategies start with a lofty exercise program. But the reality is that workouts are only one part of the picture, and there are a slew of recommendations for how much exercise we should be getting on a regular basis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for example, recommends that adults should exercise 150 minutes a week at a moderate intensity, or incorporate 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Meanwhile, a study published in Circulation found that the amount of exercise we get has a direct relationship to our heart health—the more you get, the healthier your heart will be—and they suggest two full hours a day as the new goal.
There are many detoxification programs and detox recipes, depending on your individual needs. Many programs follow a seven-day schedule because, as Bennett explains, "it takes the body time to clean the blood." His program involves fasting on liquids for two days, followed by a carefully planned five-day detox diet to allow the digestive system to rest. Page recommends a three- to seven-day juice fast (drinking only fresh fruit and vegetable juices and water) as an effective way to release toxins.
My boyfriend asked, "Are you just drinking a laxative?" And then it clicked — that had to be exactly what I was drinking. I went searching for the answer: "One of the main ingredients in the tea (according to the website) is 'Senna Leaf,' which is a known stimulant laxative," says Keri Glassman, MS, RD, founder of The Nutritious Life. "The laxative works in the body by prohibiting the absorption of water in the intestine, therefore increasing water volume in your bowel movements."
Cancer, a very common and sometimes fatal cause of unexplained (idiopathic) weight loss. About one-third of unintentional weight loss cases are secondary to malignancy. Cancers to suspect in patients with unexplained weight loss include gastrointestinal, prostate, hepatobiliary (hepatocellular carcinoma, pancreatic cancer), ovarian, hematologic or lung malignancies.
Hi Kristina! These are some great questions! I need to be on a healthier protocol as I feel SO much better when I do. It really does help alleviate so many of my symptoms. I find that anxiety can creep in so when it does, I reach for certain herbs. This is what works for me so ask your naturopathic doctor for what may be best for you. I like Rhodiola, ashwagandha, and vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, magnesium (malate, citrate, glycinate), and siberian ginseng. Those can be powerful, especially the ginseng for energy levels. I hope that helps! All my best on your road to healing. — Melissa
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Oh my god I finally have something to show the girls at work!! I’ve been telling them over and over that these ‘skinny teas’ are hoaxes and they just dont listen. Its all about consumer quick fixes. Alot of people forget you have to work hard to get the body you want. Yes I’d love to wake up within 14 days and have the flattest belly of my life. But what happens after that? How do I maintain it. Oh.. Ill just wait another 6 months when I can afford this tea and do the process again. Its an endless cycle. Dont believe the hype! Thank you cassey for really breaking it down for us! :)
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.
Why do we buy into these things? Misconceptions seem to abound whenever you repeat a lie often enough in pop culture. And who hasn’t heard one of their favorite celebrities promoting one of these? Beyoncé allegedly did the Master Cleanse and she looks … masterfully cleansed, right? Kelly Ripa is doing the Alkaline Cleanse and she looks … alkaline, right? Oh dear. Holly Corbett at Prevention tried the Master Cleanse and reported "killer cramps" and "cat breath." Moreover, every dietitian she spoke to said it was bad news. There’s probably something to that, perhaps a little more than the advice from a celebrity’s trainer.
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If you've ever found yourself scrolling on Instagram until you come across a scantily clad fit model, you likely know about "skinny teas" or "detox teas", an emerging type of beverage that promises to debloat your tummy and purify your bod with antioxidants. Celebs like Kendall Jenner, Vanessa Hudgens, and most recently, Demi Lovato have done sponsored posts for these "natural weight-loss" teas on their feeds, and #teatox has racked up some 700K 'grams. I had had enough: I needed to try this stuff for myself.
So maybe it’s time we turn the tables and instead look at fruits and veggies as a delicious way to “cheat” on a healthy weight loss diet. From fire-engine red bell peppers, and buttery-yellow zucchini, to juicy grapes as purple as wine, “eating enough produce seems to be one of the key elements in weight loss and weight maintenance,” says Dave Grotto, RD, LDN, dietitian and author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life.
While other juicing advocates may disagree, we believe that if you are already a coffee (or tea) drinker, it is okay to continue to drink organic, black coffee (or tea) during your cleanse. Your system will be challenged already by the detox happening from not consuming whole foods, adding another layer of detoxing from the caffeine on which your body relies if you are an avid coffee (or tea) drinker may be too much and cause you to not make it through your entire cleanse. Keeping the coffee (or tea) in your diet during the cleanse also may help curb your appetite and headaches.

There was a time when juice was considered a kids’ drink — and not a very healthy one, at that. That was before companies like BluePrint and Pressed Juicery made cold-pressed a household term. On a juice cleanse, only the extract squeezed from fruits and vegetables is consumed for anywhere from one day to two weeks. Many come prepackaged and delivered to your doorstep, sold by companies that claim that juice provides all the nutrition you need while keeping your digestive system from being taxed.
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