Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Should You Take Slimming Tea?

One popular weight loss supplement available in the market today takes the form of tea.

Stores all over sell slimming tea, dieter's tea and others but all of them are actually the same.

They may appear to be effective, but what is not seen may actually harm you.

One of the effects of drinking dieter's tea is frequent bowel movement. This gives people the feeling of body cleansing. You may get toxins out of your body but it isn't exactly the only thing that slimming tea actually does to your body.

Slimming tea contains herbs which are natural laxatives. These include:
Rhubarb root,
Castor oil,

These are products which are derived from plants and are used since the ancient times because of their potency in treating constipation and to inducing bowel movement.

Castor oil, cascara and senna are recognized as laxatives available over the counter and are also regulated as drugs. Scientific studies show that diarrhea induced by laxatives does not absorb significant amounts of calories taken in the body.

The reason for this is that laxatives do not act on the small intestines where most of the calories are absorbed. Instead, they work on the large intestines. If taken in large amounts for prolonged periods, it can affect fat absorption of the body. This may lead to greasy diarrhea and loss of weight.

Abuse of laxatives is a common practice among people who suffer from bulimia and anorexia.

While weight loss can be guaranteed by overdosing on laxatives, it may also cause permanent damage to the gastrointestinal tract and the weakening and softening of the bones.

Those who drink slimming teas may actually patronize the product because they are less expensive and taste better than other laxatives sold in the market. Other people, such as those with eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia drink dieter's tea because they work fast and produce watery stool and having loose consistency.

Pregnant women should not be taking laxatives of any kind. Wise and responsible herbalists also discourage the use of senna and other herbal products with laxative properties for pregnant women and women who are trying to conceive.

The labeling of slimming teas in the market today can be absolutely misleading as they commonly refer to the laxative qualities as "natural bowel cleansing properties" and not specifically use the word "laxative".Some even use the term "low-calorie" on their labelling. These products in fact, contain essentially no calories nor nutrients whatsoever; unless of course, if they are sweetened.

Adverse effects of misusing laxatives in the form of slimming tea generally occur when taken in more than or longer than recommended.

Adverse effects include:
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps 
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Fainting 
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Electrolyte disorder 
  • Dehydration 
  • Injury 
  • Death
It was also reported that excess use of stimulant laxatives cause severe constipation and pain for long periods (as much as for decades) due to the colon losing its function. It eventually led to surgery removing the colon altogether.

If you are to use slimming tea, choose one that contains extracts of green and black tea which help provide a general feeling of well-being   It contains antioxidants known for protect cells against damage from free radicals.

 t+ Chai, an Adaptogen-rich tea with benefits.t+ Chai is a unique formulation that contains chai-flavored black tea with significant amounts of polyphenolic antioxidants. Complementing the tea is an herbal Adaptogen blend formulated by the legendary scientist and “Father of Adaptogens,” Dr. Israel Brekhman, who was a pioneer in the discovery and development of these stress-neutralizing agents.