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Why laxative teas don't work - by Nat Kringoudis

Posted on June 16, 2013 by Your Tea Xx

As many of you may have read, our TinyTeatox ingredients are very different to the typical 'weight loss' teas out there on the market.

TinyTeatox contains ingredients that work intricately within the body to nourish the digestive system, lift dampness, phlegm and promote toxin removal. This process does not involve the use of heavy, damaging laxatives.

As we feel so passionate about this topic - we had Nat Kringoudis (our YourTea ambassador and qualified Chinese Medicine Practitioner) write a detailed blog about the actual physical ramifications laxatives have on the body.


Why laxative teas don’t work

By Nat Kringoudis


A good ‘flush out’ doesn’t actually equate to weight loss – so why is it that so many weight loss teas are based on laxatives to do the job?  Laxatives actually bulk up and swell the stool sitting in the intestine, which in turn irritates the bowel and starts the process of purging.  The main reason this is a huge health issue and not useful for weight loss is that because less water is absorbed from the bowel which increases the amount of water actually in your stool.  Used over a period of time can severely deplete body fluids and be damaging to the body.


Teas made with laxative ingredients undoubtedly give the intestines a clear out.  However to think that stimulating the bowel can be useful in weight loss doesn’t actually make sense.  Since digestion begins in your mouth, by the time your food has reached your bowels, it has been broken down and partially digested.  By softening it in the later stages of the intestines is virtually useless as a weight loss technique since the process of digestion has been already in action.  What’s more, using these kinds of teas long term are ineffective as they lead to dehydration.  They will prevent the body from absorbing essential nutrients and over a period of time, you’ll end up eating more as your body goes into survival mode – that’s the worst kind of weight loss technique I’ve ever heard of!


From a Chinese Medicine perspective, when we take teas with laxative effects, we further weaken the spleen function.  Other symptoms of a weak spleen lead to fatigue, stomach pain, emotional upset, dizziness and poor memory.  A weak functioning spleen, will have trouble extracting nutrients from food which will eventually lead to severe overall depletion.  For women, it creates a level of complexity around their menstrual cycle too.


Safe and effective weight loss that is correctly supported by maximizing the spleen function is far more effective.  The results are long lasting as the body continues to be supported since adequate vitamins and minerals are being assimilated.  When the body is nutritionally satisfied, we don’t crave foods and we eat less.  This also comes back to eating the right foods (remember warm and cooked foods are best).  Correct food combination, exercise, adequate fluid intake and your tea provide a wonderful weight loss formula.


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Pumpkin and Leek Slice

Posted on May 05, 2013 by Your Tea Xx

Pumpkin and leek slice (optional with chicken)

1 leek sliced
1/2 butternut squash diced
2 small free range chicken breast (optional)
10 eggs
1 garlic clove crushed
1/2 Goats cheese feta
Himalayan pink rock salt and mixed pepper seasoning.
Bake pumpkin with rice bran oil and seasoning in oven at 180c until cooked through.  
Meanwhile sauté leeks in rice bran oil on stove top and set aside. In the same pan sauté chicken, garlic and seasoning until cooked through. Put chicken on a chopping block and chop super fine. Add to leeks and set aside.
Remove pumpkin from oven and allow to cool. Leaving oven on.
In a mixing bowl beat eggs with an electric mixer until fluffy and fold through leek mix.
Pour mixture into a baking dish lined with baking paper and scatter pumpkin on top. Crumb goat cheese feta all over and bake in oven for 25-30 mins.
Enjoy x
Check out more delicious recipes by Monica Ross from "Model to Mum" on her Facebook page,
and Instagram

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Posted on April 30, 2013 by Your Tea Xx

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