For The Debrief: ‘Teatoxing’ is on the rise, promoted by celebrities on Instagram, but what effect do detox teas really have on our bodies?
My latest piece for The Debrief looked at the trend for detox teas. Commonly promoted by celebrities on Instagram, ‘teatoxes’ are a supposedly natural, healthy tool to aid weight loss and reduce bloating. Many of these products contain the natural laxative senna, and promise to ‘cleanse’. The idea is that a cup of detox tea every other evening can help you lose weight, when combined with a healthy diet.
Doctor and journalist Dr Lauretta Ihonor recently started a petition, calling for the removal of senna from one particular brand. I spoke to her about her concerns and the medical risks of using laxatives to ‘detox’. I also heard from women about their horrifying experiences of the side effects, which many young women aren’t aware of. Thanks to them for sharing those stories in all their graphic detail!