We’ve all seen them blasted over Instagram and social media – the highly endorsed “detox teas.” You will either hear people against them: “Your body doesn’t need a tea to detox, your body can detox itself” – or people promoting them: “This detox tea gave me energy and helped me beat the bloat!”
It’s important to remember that we are all bio-individuals and there is no “one size fits all” approach in health and fitness. However, in a healthy individual – the liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, skin, and lymphatic system all work together to detoxify itself and remove toxins from the body.
When you have excessive amounts of toxins built up in the body – your organs will put in overtime to engage in its normal functions and processes. …but this does not mean you need to buy a $70 detox tea off Instagram.
The problem with people buying these teas is that more often than not, they are purchasing them looking for weight loss. But most of these “detox teas” are basically just herbal laxatives. The ingredients in them work by irritating the lining of the bowel, which causes a laxative effect.
These herbal laxatives can lead to array of side effects such as electrolyte loss, dehydration, and can even alter the function of your colon.
Bottom line: if you’re looking to support a health liver and kidney function, try adding in things like cucumber, lemon, or apple cider vinegar to your water. Save your money on overpriced laxative teas and support your body’s natural processes by eating a nutrient-dense whole food diet, exercising, and staying hydrated!
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