Detoxes are all the rage right now with celebs all too eager to jump on the bandwagon and promote them for a quick buck. They’ve made things like the ‘tea-tox’ hotter than ever, despite questionable claims and less than convincing evidence.
Flat Tummy Tea is just one of the latest ‘tea-tox’ methods to hit the market. Below we take a closer look and see whether it’s claims to ‘beat the bloat’ and ‘regain your bikini body’ stack up or fall flat.
A closer look…
The Flat Tummy Tea package comes with two tea types: Cleanse and Activate. Here’s a quick look at the ingredients for both.
- Activate Tea: Peppermint (leaf), Lemon Balm (leaf), Licorice (root), Dandelion (leaf and root), Cleavers (leaf), Fennel (seed), Green Tea (leaf), Caraway (seed), Cardamom (pods).
- Cleanse Tea: Senna (leaf), Peppermint (leaf), Cassia Chamaecrista (pods), Licorice (root), Caraway (seed), Dandelion (root), Rhubarb (root).
At first glance, Flat Tummy Tea might seem impressive, but look past the name and flashy packaging and you’ll quickly see the ingredients are sketchy at best. One of the main ingredients is Senna.
Don’t believe the hype!
If you didn’t know, Senna is a strong natural laxative that stimulates the bowel to move and contact. The bottom line (no pun intended) is it works to make you poop. The bad news is that Senna disrupts the body’s natural rhythm and can lead to dependence if used for too long.
It can also cause bloating, headache, nausea, fatigue, dehydration and painful cramps. Here’s what other users have reported:
“On my second day of taking flat tummy tea I was going to the bathroom none stop and had a horrible headache all day.” – Daniella
“I have been using flat tummy tea for 4 days and…I am constipated.. I have had bad cramps since day 3 had a horrible headache day 2. and I will not be finishing this tea. I feel way more bloated now… I did read the reviews… but I still purchased… I should have kept my money.” – Jayy
“Just because you see these celeb’s out there saying how good this product is and they use it just remember they are getting paid to say that. I tried this product and it constipated me and gave me the worse cramps and bloating. Thought it was suppose to do the opposite. I stopped using it after a week and I was back to normal. And they want give you your money back. Horrible product and horrible customer service. Think twice before you order.” – Sarah
Granted, there are some people who report a positive experience, mostly on their official site (which is suspiciously absent of anything critical), but there are many people who aren’t happy for a variety of reasons.
Is there any benefit?
Using a laxative-tea is one way to feel lighter and it might make your belly look flatter if only momentarily, but it’s important to realize that it does nothing for real weight loss. The remainder of the ingredients, while sounding healthy and well-meaning, have no significant metabolism boosting effects, as claimed.
And while it’s true things like peppermint, lemon balm and green tea can have calming effects on the brain and digestive system, you can pick them up for a fraction of the price as standalone items.
The bottom line
What you have with Flat Tummy Tea is clever marketing directed at those seeking a quick-fix which in reality is unnecessary, ineffective and grossly overpriced. What’s more, if you aren’t willing to address lifestyle factors, including diet and exercise, any ‘tea-tox’ is unlikely to deliver any measurable or lasting effect on your weight or health, except flush (literally) your money down the toilet.
A modest alternative: step 1
One of Flat Tummy Tea’s slogans is ‘beat the bloat’. Well, I propose a modest all-natural solution that’s just as effective and will save you cash. Hooray!
What’s a girls best friend? Diamonds? Nope. It’s water! If you’ve overheard your girlfriends talk about retaining water and ‘feeling bloated and you’re worried a little extra h2o might make matters worse, don’t panic!
It just so happens that the best way to beat cactus-mode and ditch excess water-weight is to boost your intake; dehydration signals your body to hang on to any available h2o.
Since your body doesn’t sense you’re parched until after the fact, staying topped up means keeping a water bottle on-hand. Make your own detox water using the recipe above and sip it throughout the day. Feel free to add things like ginger, honey, grapefruit, orange, watermelon and green tea. A good hydration test? Sneak a peak at your wee. If it’s not a clear/pale yellow, boost your intake.
A modest alternative: step 2
If you really want to detox the proper way, boost your energy and melt away fat, I’ve got the perfect solution for you – and it’ll come at just a fraction of the cost of a batch of Flat Tummy Tea. Check it out below!