The Long Term Health Effects of Herbal Diet Teas

Today there are numerous companies that promote their own herbal concoction, which they refer to as herbal diet tea. They all claim that the tea does not only have the ability to enhance users' metabolic rate, but it will also curb their appetite. But what are the main ingredients in these teas? How do they affect a dieter’s body? And can you really benefit from their regular consumption?

The Main Components Found in Dieter’s Teas

A natural stimulant laxative, such as senna, buckthorn or aloe is always present in these teas, which will speed up the process of digestion. However, just because food moves through the digestive tract faster, it does not mean that calories from your food intake will not be absorbed by the small intestine. The laxative effect of these plants will initially lead to a slight weight loss due to loss of fluid within the body and when overused, this will be followed by cramps and bloating. In fact, the prolonged use of natural, stimulant laxatives can even cause dependency, leading to a whole array of serious health problems.

Oolong or green tea are other commonly seen ingredients in herbal diet teas. It is well known that both oolong and green tea can boost energy levels, curbing the user’s appetite. They both contain Vitamin A, B, C, E and K as well as several minerals, including selenium, calcium and magnesium, providing outstanding nutritional value. They have the ability to protect the body from harmful free radicals, prevent obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes and cancer. The regular consumption of oolong or green tea can definitely reduce sweet cravings as well as it will provide numerous health benefits for the user.

How To Get the Most From It

According to research the regular consumption of dandelion, which is another commonly seen ingredient in Herbal Diet teas can interfere with the absorption of water soluble vitamins. This means that when overused, this ingredient can lead to serious nutritional deficiencies.

The regular consumption or certain nervous system stimulants, such as Guarana or Kola, which are found in many Herbal Diet teas can also lead to several serious adverse health effects, due to their effect on the digestive system. Each time they are used, they will prompt the body to release neuropeptides, the important nerve proteins that regulate not only our digestive system, but several of our body systems. Continuous use of such ingredients can deplete your digestive system’s neuropeptides, leading to serious, long term constipation.

Conclusion

The adverse effects that can be caused by the long term use of the ingredients found in Herbal Diet teas include diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramping, bloatedness, dependency, nausea, dizziness and nervousness. Therefore, Herbal Diet teas are by no means suitable for long term consumption. When it comes to weight loss, preserving your health is of utmost importance. If you decide to use these teas, please never use them for longer than a week.

If you feel you would like to include a tea in your diet in order to achieve your weight loss goals, the regular consumption of oolong or green tea is undoubtedly beneficial not only for weight loss, but for providing valuable nutritional benefits.

The author, Andrea Khan writes for several websites that concentrate on health issues. Her current assignments include writing about holistic healing and diet.


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