What is Dieters Tea?
Dieters’ teas – also known as detox tea or slimming tea – are herbal blends that promise fat-shedding results. But these drinks can cause diarrhea, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances that can lead to fainting and death in some people.
Some of the ingredients in these teas are laxatives, including senna. They can also lead to other problems, like missed periods or unintended pregnancies.
What is senna?
In short, senna is a mild stimulant laxative that works by stimulating the colon to produce bowel movements. It can help with gastrointestinal issues like abdominal distention and habitual constipation.
It also has antibacterial properties, which makes it useful for senna leaf tea to treat bacterial infections such as gonorrhea and pneumonia. The senna herb contains vitamin C, which can boost immunity and support the body’s natural response to fight infection.
Senna is not recommended for long term use, as it can cause side effects including stomach pain, cramps and diarrhea. It is also not recommended for pregnant women, because it may not be safe to take while breastfeeding. Senna can also change the balance of some chemicals in your blood (like electrolytes) and affect how other medications work.
What is aloe vera?
Aloe vera is the plant you might reach for after a painful sunburn, soothing the skin with its clear gel. But the succulent is also useful for a lot more: Research shows it reduces inflammation, fights bacteria, and deeply moisturizes dry skin.
But the best part may be that it helps with digestion. A single independent trial* suggests that drinking aloe vera juice can help ease heartburn and stomach discomfort by reducing gastric acid production.
Be careful about drinking it for constipation, however, as whole leaf aloe vera has a laxative effect that could be harmful. And if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, don’t drink it. The anthraquinones in it can cause uterine contractions, leading to miscarriage or diarrhea in infants. You also shouldn’t drink it if you have hemorrhoids or any kidney issues.
What is licorice root?
Licorice root is one of the ingredients found in weight loss teas. It’s also used as a supplement for digestive health issues, menopausal symptoms, and some infections.
It works by boosting mucus production, which protects the stomach lining from excess acid. Licorice root may help reduce heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux, such as nausea and ulcers.
Licorice root also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can improve joint and bone health. It can also treat colds and soothe a sore throat. It’s also believed to reduce phlegm and promote liver health. However, more research is needed to support these claims. It’s important to talk with a healthcare professional about licorice root supplements before using them. Some medications, including digoxin, can interact with licorice. This can affect blood pressure and potassium levels.
What is dandelion root?
Often mistaken for a stubborn weed, the dandelion plant has long been used as a natural laxative, diuretic and hepatic. Rich in antioxidants, it boosts liver and kidney function, increases urination and helps regulate blood sugar levels.
It also contains vitamin K, which promotes bone health and helps prevent fractures. And, test-tube research shows dandelion extract could slow down the growth of certain cancers.
Its high levels of antioxidants may help protect the liver from oxidative damage, which can occur due to alcohol use or a poor diet. And, animal and test-tube studies suggest dandelion root may lower cholesterol. It might also help reduce fluid retention, especially when associated with PMS or pregnancy. Dandelion is potassium sparing, meaning it doesn’t wash out the body’s important mineral like many prescription diuretics do.
What is caffeine?
Caffeine is a psychostimulant of the methylxanthine family that increases activity in the brain and nervous system. It is found in the leaves and fruits of certain plants, such as coffee beans, black tea, green tea, cocoa, kola nuts and guarana seeds (an additive used in some energy drinks).
It works by blocking certain adenosine receptors in your brain. These receptors are responsible for regulating your heart rate, blood flow and sleep-wake cycles. When adenosine receptors are blocked, the body experiences a decrease in cellular activity and promotes drowsiness.
In small doses, caffeine can make you feel more alert and focused, but too much can cause anxiety, jitteriness and difficulty sleeping. It is recommended to drink no more than 200 mg of caffeine per day, which equates to about 10 8 fluid ounce cups of brewed coffee or 17 cans of soda.