Dieter’s tea

Dieter’s Tea | Dieter's tea

by laura on November 30, 2011

Dieter's tea


What is Dieter’s Tea?

Dieter’s tea is just one on of the available tools in the dieter’s arsenal. It is usually a concoction of various herbs like Senna, Eleutherococcus Senticosus, spearmint, marshmallow, orange peel, cinnamon and other herbs and spices that are known to have a diuretic and or induce bowel movements sometimes referred to as “cleansing”. In my experience, dieter’s tea is not hard to find. I have personally seen it in all of my local grocery stores and pharmacies.

Pros and Cons of Dieter’s Tea

In my opinion, Dieter’s Tea is really only useful if you are constipated.  Dieter’s Tea is one of those things that  I guess can be useful in certain circumstances. Tea helps with digestion to keep things moving, as well as to help bring a feeling of fullness before a meal so the individual  might eat less.

Dieter’s tea is also something that should be used only occasionally and carefully, if at all.  Some herbalists and toxicologists have expressed concerns in the consumption of senna which is ususally one of the main ingredients of dieter’s tea. Dieter’s tea can also contain helpful antioxidants as well, most of us need more antioxidants. Although there are much better sources of antioxidants.

Common side effects include: cramping, nausea, appetite loss, dehydration, abdominal pain, sweating and an increase in bowel movements. Using senna can lead to electrolyte imbalance and that can lead to irregular heart beats and even heart failure. Seems like a lot of risk to take on just to lose a few pounds that you will gain back tomorrow.

The weight that you loose when you have diarrhea is only very temporary water weight and won’t do much of anything for your appearance. Also, dieter’s tea should never be used when you are pregnant. It could cause really serious problems for your baby, so just don’t go there.

Dieter’s Tea, Is It Worth The Side Effects?

WIth all the negative side effects that come from dieter’s tea, you have to ask yourself, is it really worth it? If you are chronically constipated, there are so many other alternatives such as triphala. And chronic constipation usually means that there is a much bigger problem at hand with your diet or your health. Also, if you are taking any type of prescription drugs, check with your doctor first before you use dieter’s tea. Some of the herbs in dieter’s tea are strong and can interact with other drugs.

I will address constipation and it’s affect on dieting in another blog post. It is a big stinky issue to say the least. If you are using dieter’s tea because you are retaining water, try increasing potassium in your diet and decreasing sodium. You will quickly find that your body will release the water that it is holding onto within 3 to 4 days you could lose up to 10 lbs or more (in my experience). And this will be a healthier and long lasting solution as compared to dieter’s tea.