As my Tough Mudder challenge fast approaches, I have decided to talk about something unrelated to hair for a change. Today, I come to you with yet another controversial post (I seem to be on a roll with them of recent) this time in regards to a popular health and fitness trend – Detox Teas.
If you have been following my Instagram, you may have noticed that at the end of last year I tried ‘Nudey Tea’ – a 14 day detox tea which promises to ‘aid weightloss, wellness and fitness’ while decreasing bloating of the stomach. As I love fitness but have found that my stomach is my ‘problem area’ (mainly because I LOVE my food), I thought that such a tea would be perfect to add to my fitness regimen. However, after first raving about the tea and the results I got after two weeks (see above) I quickly took the post down. Read on to find out why I will never drink it again due to the possible dangers of detox teas.
UPDATE: Having posted this article earlier this afternoon, I have been contacted by a representative of Nudey Tea. Additional information that I have added following our discussion has been underlined. Read to the bottom of the article to read her response.
Before I begin, I would like to give a disclaimer to this post. I am not saying that you should not drink detox tea or that my results were in some way bad. As you can see from the picture I posted on my Instagram, I was clearly very happy with the results (even more happy when the image got reposted on the NudeyTea Instagram). However, what I consider to be the lack of regard that a lot of these companies have for their customers concerns me. Therefore, due to moral reason, I will not be purchasing them again.
My Detox Tea Experience
I am a self confessed fitness freak, and I have found instagram to be a constant source of motivation to keep me going on my fitness journey. Having liked thousands of images of women with toned bodies I envied, my explore page is constantly filled with fitness instructors, gym bunnies and health fad ideas. In December 2014, a transformation picture of a woman before and after drinking Nudey Tea came up on my instagram… and as soon as I saw this amazing 2 week transformation, I knew I had to give NudeyTea a try!
A package came promptly in the post, including 7 Bedtime Detox teabags (to be drunk every other night) and 14 Daytime bags (to be drunk daily). I found both teas to be delicious in flavour and easy to drink – I live in England, so tea drinking is kinda our thing.
After two weeks I had lost 3 inches on my waist and had noticed a definite decrease in bloating on my stomach. I was hooked.
On a trip to a local shopping centre a few days after finishing my tea, I noticed another brand of detox tea called ‘Bootea’ on sale in Holland and Barretts. (At this point I will add that whereas Bootea is sold in shops, NudeyTea is an online business). I almost dropped my flaxseeds. Forgetting all British courtesy, I asked out loud to anyone that would listen, ‘how much for the tea!?’
As the woman serving a customer at the front desk darted me an angry ‘abide by the laws of the queue’ look, her co-worker lazily walked over to me. ‘I think it’s about £20,’ she said, ‘but make sure you’re not taking the contraceptive pill while drinking it; it stops it from working.’
“Wait… does this apply to all detox teas?” I asked.
Clearly getting impatient with my questions, the co-worker told me she didn’t know, and that I would have to check online.
The hidden truth about Detox Teas
After looking all over the NudeyTea website, I finally found that near the very bottom of the NudeyTea FAQ page, it states ‘We DO NOT recommend our detox teas for under 12 year old’s, people taking contraceptive medication, pregnant or breastfeeding women.’ Furthermore, the BooTea FAQ page gave this further information:
Will my teatox affect my contraceptive pill?
Yes – Bootea can affect the accuracy of the pill IF you take your pill in the morning within 4 hours of the laxative effect. If you take the pill at night you will be fine as it takes around 10 hours for the laxative effect of the night time tea bags to set in. We are sorry but we cannot comment on other forms of contraception and would ask you to consult your doctor, nurse or pharmacist with the list of our ingredients on our ‘About’ page.
We advise the use of condoms for the duration of your teatox.
Can I take Bootea products if I’m conceiving, pregnant or breastfeeding?
We’re afraid we can’t comment on whether our products if you are conceiving, pregnant or breastfeeding. It’s best to take a copy of our ingredients on our ‘About’ page and discuss with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about if Bootea is suitable for you.
Dumbfounded by the fact that I was unaware about this information, I checked the empty packets of NudeyTea thinking that I must have simply missed the section that listed the possible risks. However, nowhere on the packaging did it say anything about the tea affecting contraception, pregnancy or breastfeeding – nor is it mentioned on the brand’s instagram. Instead, it states underneath each product on the website that customers should ‘read the disclaimer before purchase.’ Now I don’t know about you, but I think the fact that a tea can cause an unwanted pregnancy or affect your unborn child is pretty important information, and the fact it isn’t stated on the packaging seems pretty immoral (replace ‘pretty’ with ‘ridiculously’).
I began to blame myself. It did state on the Bedtime tea that it would have a ‘laxative effect’, and as most women know, this can affect the absorption of any tablets or nutrients within the body. Perhaps it was my fault that I hadn’t worked this out for myself…
However, the fact that I had to warn my friends who were considering taking the tea as they were also none the wiser about the risks made me see that it was not my fault as a consumer, but rather the fault of the companies. I have not read the packaging of Bootea myself, however, having spoken to other women who have purchased the product, I think it is still important to share this information with you, as the risks are not recognised as clearly as they should.
The moral of the story is simple. Make sure you do your own research and always read the ‘FAQ’ page of a brand’s website before you commit to trying anything. Its a sad truth, but clearly it is not in the best interest of the companies to write ‘MIGHT GET YA PREGNANT’ in bold letters across their products.
Finally ladies, I just suggest you eat clean and train mean. Supplements and detoxes may offer quick results, but nothing is safer than doing it the hard way. Stay safe, ladies!
With Love From London,
Comment from a NudeyTea representative:
Our teas are all natural and as you know the bedtime tea contains Senna… The product you are actually showing on the picture [at the top of the article] does not contain Senna and does NOT in anyway interfere with contraception neither does our limited edition detox or our sleepy or wellness teas.
The only product that we sell is our bedtime tea and this contains a very small quantity of Senna leaf which helps with a nighttime cleanse. As in our disclaimer and on our website we cover this issue as in very rare and extreme cases people may have a reaction and we recommend another form of protection if and when using the bedtime cleanse. It is not dangerous if used correctly!
…Please note we are an Internet based company only unlike Bootea who you find in shops . So before you purchase a product with us we state under every single product you click on to READ THE DISCLAIMER BEFORE PURCHASE! So that you are fully aware of the facts before buying our product. If we were on the shelf in a shop then yes we would 100% have to also put the disclaimer on the packet . If you have not chosen to read the disclaimer you put yourself at risk.