Organic slimming teas and weight loss teas have been all the rage lately among those wanting to shed some pounds. They are advertised all over social media as the easiest way to lose weight and cleanse the body. It’s not hard to run into tons of #fitspo and #fitspirational influencers with healthy food photos on their feeds touting the benefits of certain organic slimming teas, with testimonies of how the select tea brand stimulates quick digestion and keeps unwanted pounds at bay.
Now the theory is that organic slimming teas and weight loss teas are fundamentally different from regular or natural teas because, they boost metabolism while simultaneously ridding the human body of its many impurities. The thing, though, is that the human body is designed to naturally rid itself of toxins, which means that making a tea that claims to do this is more or less unnecessary. Any benefit seen from slimming tea is more than likely a result of the tea itself, not the added “slimming” ingredients.
There is actually very little evidence that organic slimming teas or weight loss teas are as effective as advertised. In fact, famous class action settlements have been made by big companies who sold their teas as weight loss supplements, following the filing of lawsuits against them. As if this isn’t enough, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not recognize any slimming tea as being effective.
In addition to this, there are some health concerns that people considering switching to organic slimming teas should know. Though most ingredients of these teas are benign, there are some that may cause severe side effects in certain people. For instance, some slimming teas contain senna, a natural laxative. Now the FDA states that there have been reports of problems associated with drinking slimming teas, containing senna and has also issued warnings about how many slimming teas contain diuretics and laxatives.
For more background info on these two ingredients, diuretics increase the production of urine while laxatives generally allow you to quickly lose water weight by increasing the frequency and size of your bowel movements. Diuretics can also lead to muscle cramps, dehydration or cardiac arrhythmia and depending on the type of laxative in the organic slimming tea brand, a user’s intestinal muscles can be triggered to form contractions or enlarge the stool-quantity by absorbing water to stimulate the bowels.
Put simply, this can cause less water to be absorbed from the bowel because that water is going to your stool instead. Which means your body will become extremely dehydrated and short of important body fluids. Meanwhile, you may think you’re losing weight but you’re not. You’re just getting rid of the liquid, not fat, in your body with added bowel movements and urination.
Countless tea companies are in the marketplace combining diuretics and laxatives and presenting us with the finished organic slimming tea without the slightest regard for the dire effects of these ingredients in the human body. The products then filter through the promotional messages many celebrities put up on social media (to get their paychecks) and find their ways to the various departmental stores in our neighborhoods where we buy them; more oblivious of their effects than their manufacturers.
As a result, we end up accumulating for ourselves, a plethora of negative effects from the steady consumption of these organic slimming teas without realizing it soon enough. The sad reality here is that the compound effects of the negative side effects of these products are rarely diagnosed early, and so consumers more often than not find themselves with the shorter end of the stick.
The answer to the commonly asked question of the actual difference the so called slimming teas and natural teas is that there is very little positive difference. In fact, the polyphenols found naturally in green and black teas have actually shown some promise in assisting with weight loss and metabolic improvement in humans. Natural or true teas like black, white, green; oolong and pu-erh are brewed from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. They all contain antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases when drunk regularly.
So when it comes down to the effectiveness of these “organic” slimming teas as opposed to natural or regular teas, don’t believe what the influencers tell you. There really is no proof that “slimming teas” are more effective than your preferred regular tea type. The benefits of your natural tea go beyond refreshment; it also adds warmth to your lives.
As long as you don’t abuse them.
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