Detox trend: Not long term way to achieve better health

Tea detoxing companies, as seen on social media websites such as Instagram promise to provide many health benefits such as weight loss and clearer skin. (Nadia Monaco) Tea detoxing companies, as seen on social media websites such as Instagram promise to provide many health benefits such as weight loss and clearer skin. (Nadia Monaco)

Nadia Monaco
Life Reporter

Rebooting one’s body with a detox may seem beneficial, but experts say a detox is not useful as a long-term health change and that trendy tea detoxes must be taken carefully.

Carol Saba, a holistic sports nutritionist, said detoxes done with herbs that support the body’s organs, and not just flush the system, can be healthy – but it’s important to make sure a detox is being done for the right reasons.

Saba stresses that even though a detox can restore your body, people should recognize that while many trendy detoxes assure weight loss, good health comes from lifestyle choices like eating nutritious foods and exercising, not simply losing weight,.

“Changing their diets…eating a lot of vegetables – a lot of greens for example -will start to create a balance in your diet that the weight just sheds off of you,” Saba said.

Tea detox companies such as Your Tea, Skinny Tea and Fit Tea provide a combination of tea blends to drink over an extended period of time that cleanse out the body and claim to offer multiple health benefits. These companies are becoming increasingly popular, gaining viewership through social media websites.

Your Tea claims its detoxes and blends are based on traditional Chinese medicine and target specific health concerns such as bloating and weight loss. They also offer healthy tips and eating plans to follow while on a “teatox,” yet they do not stress that following any meal plan is necessary while consuming the teas.
Fit Tea offers tea detoxes focused on weight loss and fat burning with ingredients such as ginger and pomegranate. Similarly, Skinny Tea offers tea detoxes that promote overall wellness with its blend of berries, herbs and teas.

Skinny Tea includes, in a description of its 14-day detox, that in order to reach the best possible health outcome, consumers should combine the detox with healthy eating and exercise.

Michelle Waithe, a registered holistic nutritionist and instructor at the Canadian College of Natural Nutrition, said these forms of detoxes can be beneficial, but they are somewhat taken out of context and marketed as a quick fix.

“It’s not overly dangerous for the most part, for most people…but it’s not achieving the actual result that you need to achieve…it will help but it’s not going to help long term,” said Waithe.

Waithe said eating plans and healthy tips should be mandatory for each health concern such as bloating, and then followed up with a specific detox to match. If these detoxes are consumed properly with eating plans and the right form of exercise or rest, they can be beneficial to one’s health.

Marlee Macdougall, a 25-year-old Humber Early Childhood Education student, said although she has heard of the trending tea detoxes she has no interest in ever doing one.

Macdougall agrees with Waithe that the tea detoxes are promoting and providing a quick fix for health issues women experience and does not believe they are the healthiest option.

“It’s the kind of thing that your body will do on its own if you’re feeding it healthy things,” Macdougall said.