Free shipping on orders $55CDN+           2 Free samples with every order          

Do Teatoxes Actually Work and Should you Try a Teatox?

Do Teatoxes Actually Work and Should you Try a Teatox?

January 02, 2019

*Please note that none of our Mashup Teas contain Senna leaf or claim to be a teatox. While many herbs can support your body’s natural detoxifying activities, the very best way to make sure your body is detoxifying is to make sure you Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! ... and tasty tea is a great way to do that.


The truth about teatoxes: Why health experts say this celeb-endorsed craze is unnecessary

Health Canada reviewing 'teatox' sales following Marketplace investigation

It's one of the latest celebrity-endorsed crazes sweeping social media: Teatoxing, the idea you can detoxify your body, reduce bloat, boost energy, burn stored fat and ultimately flatten your tummy — in part by drinking tea.

But according to Health Canada, the sale of some of these popular brands — with catchy names like FlatTummy Tea, BooTea and SkinnyMint— is not allowed in Canada because the products aren't properly licensed here.

"Since those products are not registered as [natural health product numbers] … they should not be on the market in Canada," said Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette.

Any product sold in Canada making a health claim must be registered and licensed as a natural health product, according to the federal agency. Even if the product doesn't list explicit health claims, the implicit meaning in its name can be enough to require a natural health product classification.

Marketplace ordered 10 of the most popular teatox kits online and had them shipped to a Canadian address. Three of the brands are Canadian, and the rest are based outside the country.

None of the teatox kits had a natural health product number and none are licensed to be sold in Canada.

After Marketplace reached out to Health Canada with questions about the kits we were able to purchase, the regulator says it is in the process of reviewing these products. Should it confirm any non-compliance, Health Canada says it "will take action."

Teatoxing unnecessary and ineffective: health professionals

In addition to appearing to violate Health Canada's rules, the effectiveness of "detoxifying" teas is in question. Nutritionists, dietitians and doctors have repeatedly warned that the need to help your body detoxify is a myth.

That makes detox strategies — and products like teatoxes — unnecessary.

"Detoxing is one in a long line of theories that are created to produce fear and feelings of inadequacy in order to drive people's behaviour, often toward purchasing a product," said Dr. Eric Cadesky, a family physician in Vancouver and president of Doctors of BC.

Over many years of evolution, our kidneys and our livers have reached the point where they do all the detoxing for us, he said. If you are interested in helping your body along, Cadesky recommends spending your money on fresh, colourful foods and staying hydrated.

Rhiannon Lambert, a U.K.-based nutritionist specializing in eating disorders and obesity, also disputes the claims that teatoxing can flatten your stomach and assist in weight loss.

"Weight loss from laxatives may also [come] down to dehydration, not fat loss," said Lambert. "Realistically, the only thing that will be lost when purchasing these products is money."

Natural laxatives in many evening teas

Teatox kits typically include a morning and an evening tea blend, and consumers are instructed to drink a cup of each every day for seven, 14, 28 or 30 days.

Ingredients you'd find on grocery store shelves, like peppermint, ginger and lemongrass are often in the morning teas, but many also include a natural diuretic of some kind, like dandelion, and have energy-boosting ingredients like green tea and caffeine. Evening teas can also include a diuretic, but most commonly they have leaves or roots that are natural laxatives.

Senna leaf, also known as cassia seed, is the most common ingredient found in the evening teas purchased by Marketplace. Its use concerns both health regulators and dietitians.

Read Full Article HERE



Leave a comment


Also in Tea & Lifestyle Mashup

Our 7  Best Tea Memes
Our 7 Best Tea Memes

April 04, 2020

Read More

Does Tea Cause Kidneys Stones? The Latest Science
Does Tea Cause Kidneys Stones? The Latest Science

February 08, 2020

Plagued with recurring kidney stones? Wondering if drinking tea is a good idea? We've got the answer for you! Explore the connection between tea, oxalates, caffeine and kidney health and gain an understanding of which teas are beneficial and which may pose a risk. Explore the research behind oxalate levels in black tea, green tea, green tea matcha, white tea and those popular ready-to-drink iced teas.  

Read More

Is Iced Tea Good For You? An Ultimate Guide of Rewards
Is Iced Tea Good For You? An Ultimate Guide of Rewards

January 31, 2020

Is Iced Tea Good For You? Yes! Consider these 5 benefits of drinking chilled, flavourful iced tea with little to no calories. You will be saying no to sugared sodas in no time! We'll also arm you with the latest information about the best method for including iced tea in your life (loose leaf, tea bags or ready-to-drink) and why one is better than another.  Sugar levels of commercial versus homemade iced teas are also listed.

Read More