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Dieting tea

I just bought these dieting herbal teas at a local mall (the box was so pretty and adorable), and I was wondering if it's okay to drink it 'cause afterall, I'm still only 15. The lady from the store told me that the ingredients in the tea are all flowers and herbs, so it should be alright for me. Here's the information that's on the box:

Natural Plus (Slimming Whitening Tea)
Facilitate skin, metabolism, and inhibit melanin synthesis,
improve skin texture, elasticity and moisture, pormote fat burning, and prevent the absorption of excess fat.

Plus Japanese 2nd Generation Dietary Fibre:
Induce more intestinal microflora (bifidus) proliferation,
promote peristalsis to eliminate toxins and remove bad breath.

No causation of diarrhea Specialized for ladies

Sun. Apr 16, 9:29pm

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What are the ingredients in the tea?
I'd be careful as to what you're consuming-- because some of the teas act like laxatives!

Sunday, April 16, 2006, 10:51 PM

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There are plenty of 'flowers and herbs' that are very potent and some are downright poisonous - so just because something is "just flowers and herbs" doesn't mean it can't have some serious effects on your system. Where do you think most medicine comes from? Medicinal compounds are often a controlled, sythesized (so they can be reliably manufactured in high volume) form of naturally occuring plant compounds (for example asprin originally comes from willow bark).

'Herbal' remedies are not regulated by the FDA, so they can contain unregulated amounts of very potent ingredients. It is up to the consumer to educate themselves on the properties of the substances they wish to take. Although many of these 'remedies' are harmless - it is possible that some are not, so please be careful and try to do a little research on the ingredients.

BTW: "Peristalsis is a series of coordinated, rhythmic muscle contractions that occur throughout the length of the gastrointestinal tract." ie: that's how your body moves food through the intestines. Anything claiming to "promote" it may very well have a laxative effect (as the first poster noted).


Sunday, April 16, 2006, 11:53 PM

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Well, Laxative isn't a bad thing isn't it? It only removes toxins. What are the consequences of laxative?

Monday, April 17, 2006, 8:38 AM

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"flowers and herbs"

Check out this lovely garden for some not-so-harmless flowers and herbs...


Monday, April 17, 2006, 10:07 AM

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I can tell you first hand that if you're not looking for a laxative effect, you may be in for a rude awakening.

Psyliium Husks or Psyllium is sometimes found in some herbal teas and has a laxative effect. For me, that means a clutching pain in my belly that won't let up until I'm rushing to the bathroom....Maybe that's not what other people experience, but I personally don't like the feeling it gives to me...

Too many laxatives can also disrupt your system--I understand that you could also build a dependency, and it could may your natural system not function properly if you abuse or over-use laxatives...

Monday, April 17, 2006, 10:25 AM

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No - a laxative does not remove toxins. Your body has much better ways of doing that on it's own. A laxative causes those muscle contractions to speed up - rushing food through your system before your body can break it down and absorb the nutrients. Eventually those muscles won't work normally without a laxative and you are caught in a bad cycle of diarreah and constipation. Certainly you can lose weight this way - but it's through malnutrition and the long-term side effect can be similar to any destructive form of weight-loss (such as bulimia). Taking laxatives in the short-term should not be destructive, but if you keep taking them you run the risk of causing permanent health issues for yourself.

I am watching two members of my family deal with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Over-use and abuse of laxatives can be a risk factor in developing it (along with age and sex). Please, please exercise some caution with laxative use.

Monday, April 17, 2006, 12:16 PM

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Well the ingredients inside the tea are: Oolong Tea, Lotus Leaf, Rose, Arabian Jasmine Flower, Japanese 2nd Generation Dietary Fiber

Monday, April 17, 2006, 12:50 PM

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MY experience

Gross, i bought some dieting teas from a store, and I was all excited. For some reason it said on the box that i should only srink a certain amount of it........ which was like way more than half a cup less of what i noprmally drink. That stupid tea stuff totally worked like a laxative!
i was in pain for a few days.

Thursday, May 18, 2006, 6:12 AM

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Don't buy weight loss miracles at the mall!!!

If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. This is the mantra we all need to remember when ever we are tempted by the promises of weight loss pills, programs and miracle drugs, including "tea". Most of these are not regulated by the FDA and end up wasting your money and the time you should be spending eating healthy & exercising.

you'd have better results with all the promises on that box if you made sure you drank your 64oz of water every day, and ate more servings of fruits & vegetables. Don't believe me? try it for a week. At your age, these are the best, most effective habits you can get into now, that will help you stay healthy into the future.

I wish I had someone to tell me that when I was 15. Now I'm 30 and paying the price of unhealthy eating and laziness. *sniff*

Good Luck!

Thursday, May 18, 2006, 9:31 AM

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