The Many Risks of Slimming Tea

Ogbanufe

People who take slimming tea in order to check or reduce their weight often loose sight of the risks associated with it

By Chinwe Okafor  |  Oct. 28, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT

OFTENTIMES, people with weight problem seek all sorts of ways to slim down. They often resort to exercises, observe weight loss diets, skip meals and other options they deem fit. One of such options is the slimming tea or weight loss tea as some will call it. There are many varieties of slimming tea. Although they come in different names but they all promote a common message which tells the buyer that it’s for weight loss.

Slimming tea has long been considered very useful for dieters. Many companies have manufactured and distributed the product under different names such ‘Chinese diet tea’ meant for those who wish to lose weight. Though there are few health benefits of slimming tea, the same benefits can also be found in pure teas such as green tea, white tea, black tea and others. It has been scientifically proven that tea contains antioxidants that aid good health. Teas also contain polyphenols that aid the fat burning process, stimulating weight loss but this is a property of both slimming and pure tea.

Ginseng Chinese diet tea
Ginseng Chinese diet tea

Findings have revealed that the main reason people buy this tea is because they believe the caffeine in the tea is potent enough to increase body function to help burn more calories. However, many experts have noted that what one is actually drinking from tea is a plant-based laxative that can cause certain disorders like diarrheoa, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, fainting, chronic constipation and perhaps even death when consumed in excessive quantity.

Uche Ogbanufe, a nutritionist with the Kogi State general hospital, said that a large percentage of Nigerians who use Chinese slimming tea use it wrongly. “These teas are special herbal teas that shouldn’t be taken alone and this is where Nigerians miss it. They are probably to be taken in conjunction with something else. The reason why many Nigerians develop health complications is because they do not use the tea in the right way. Nigerians want the fast method, especially when it comes to weight loss. These slimming teas are like hard drugs and are designed to work very fast. People take slimming tea and yet their diet is terrible. You can’t lose weight that way, rather, you’re only damaging your system. Whenever I counsel people who are obese, I advise them to shun slimming teas and go through the right method. Once one is able to cut out fried food, red meat, full cream milk, white bread, starchy rice, junk food, one will definitely lose weight. Rather than jeopardising one’s health, it is better to follow the long but safer method of losing weight,” she said.

Ebere Ezeh, a general medicine practitioner, said that consumers of slimming teas should protect their lives and lose weight the proper way. “I’m not going to condemn these teas especially the Chinese slimming teas, but I know that there are other better ways to lose weight. These teas may look like a fast way, but it can trigger off serious side effects, leading to death in some cases. We don’t know the contents of the tea and are not sure of the expiry date. Many of these slimming teas are gimmicks. There is no scientifically controlled evidence to prove they work,” she said.  Ezeh advised that if one suffers from obesity, the person should watch his or her diet and do exercises because there are safer methods to lose weight than using these teas.

Slimming tea
Slimming tea

Research findings have revealed that slimming tea has risks which are not associated with pure teas. Slimming teas have same benefits as pure teas, but pure teas do not possess the risks associated with slimming teas which contain laxatives. One of the most common laxatives included in slimming tea is senna. Though the senna content in slimming tea may be all natural, it is still a laxative. Laxatives should never be used as a diet supplement but most users are ignorant of this fact. The risks of using laxative teas or slimming teas are so great that most packages correctly have warnings against their use by pregnant women. The use of laxatives as a diet supplement may cause diarrhoea initially. However, after prolonged use, the human body can become dependent on the laxative. Without the laxative dosage the person will begin to suffer chronic constipation.

Extended use of slimming laxative teas can cause death if there is no intervention. Unfortunately, many people do not realise that the consequences of prolonged use of these diet products can be deadly, especially for those who suffer from eating disorders. However, laxative-induced diarrheoa does not significantly reduce absorption of calories for the reason that laxatives don’t work in the small intestine, where the calories are absorbed. Based on studies, when these laxatives are used continually, laxative dependency will tend to develop with bouts of chronic diarrheoa, abdominal pain, as well as constipation. In the most severe cases, these laxatives can cause fainting, dehydration and serious electrolyte disorders. The after-effects of excessive use of slimming tea are most likely to develop in people who are nutritionally compromised due to rigorous weight-loss dieting.

54 COMMENTS

  1. this tea work very well for me and thanks god i have no pain or diarrheoa.it only let me pass air thats all an it work just fine for me and made me lost the wight i was look to loss

  2. It’s doesn’t work for me i drink just for 2 day and i had stomach cramping abdominal pain diarrhea. Thanks for info about side effect i never ever drink again this slim tea

  3. i have used slimming teas name them and is not working for me, but since i start my diet i enjoy seeing myself in the mirror

  4. Today I lost sight and hearing for a few moment before I fainted, I also had severe stomach cramps, I thought I was using dieters tea correctly and as safe as possible, but apparently not., I’m never drinking that again

  5. SOLUTION FOR WEIGHT LOSS: TAKE ONE LITRE OF WATER UPON WAKING UP, THEN MAKE SURE YOU CONSUME 4 LITRES A DAY. ANOTHER OPTION, TAKE ONE TEASPOONFUL OF CINNAMON IN HOT WATER AFTER TAKING SUPPER. AND YOU WILL BE FINE

  6. I’ve used this tea when I was in my 20s. I had bad cramps, weakness, diarrhea so I stopped and started working out and eating healthy. I’m now suffering from chronic constipation. Now it all make sense…

  7. i wanna lose weight bt iam breast feeding im laizy to exercise can u pls recomend a tea i cud drink nd work for me… my belly its getting bigger by de day

  8. i wanna lose weight bt iam breast feeding im laizy to exercise can u pls recomend a tea i cud drink nd work for me… my belly its getting bigger by de day .pls forwad yo response via email

  9. After reading this warning of having serious health side effects, including could cause death using these slimming teas, I still want to lose weight using teas daily.
    Tell me then, since you studied the negative side effects of these slimming teas, what is the best kind, very effective teas to consume to lose weight? And where will these kind of safe teas for slimming can be bought? If ever, have these teas been available in Honolulu, Hawaii to buy?
    Please, I need your help.

    Thanks,
    Cesar of Honolulu

  10. I just read this article and cannot believe the replies! Soooo funny! The author warns of the risk associated with using Slimming Tea, yet everyone commenting then goes on to ask where they can get some. Hilarious! Allow me enlighten everyone, please?! Slimming tea is not a weight loss product, rather it is a laxative. All of the comments about cramping, air coming out, diarrhea, etc, is due to the senna in the tea. Use this product to pull water into your lower large intestine, then you poop! The tea does NOTHING for weight loss. Unless you’re counting the weight of the crap you just took!

    • Hello sir.i saw ur reply about slimming tea.i like it.kindly tell me if s.tea isnt for wt loose.so tell me actually what purpas of this product?and plz tell me more about this thanks .

  11. hi guys.

    As i read this sits a cup of closemyer slimming green tea. now am worried. i have always been a healthy person. i eat right, jog three times a week. Should i just stop using the tea and continue with eating right and jogging?

  12. help me plz i bought this product of herbal slimming tea…bt im worried to use it cause i dont know its risk before..plzzz conclude me if its safe to my healthy body

  13. China Slim Tea and these other slimming teas are not bad for short term use and as long as you don’t over do it. Anything is bad if over consumed… Anyway, I use this once a year every year for a month. Haven’t had any problems. The “pain” you feel, is your bowels… Brewing… Up what’s inside of you. It’s harmless. So relax people. Use one or two tea bag with 1/3 cup of hot water, steep for 15min and down it before bed.

  14. I MAY NOT KNOW THE BEST SOLUTIONS OF WEIGHT LOSS BUT I FIGURED OUT THAT THE BEST WAY TO BURN STUBBORN FATS THAT WILL NEVER REGAIN AGAIN ONLY IF U COULD BE HONEST TO YOUR DIET.FASTING IS NUMBER 1 SOLUTION TO YOUR PROBLEMS ! AFTER 3 DAYS YOUR BODY PRODUCE ITS OWN ENERGY BY REDUCING THE FATS IN YOUR BODY ! BUT U NEED TO GIVE IT WATER 4L PER DAY ,U CAN DO IT FOR 2WEEKS THEN U BEGIN TO EAT ONLY FRUIT AND VEGETABLES WITHOUT MAIZE MEAL OR RICE NOR BREAD UNTIL U SATISFIED WITH UR WEIGHT !

    • and i wanna have loads of money without working at all. well it doesn’t work this way, if you want to have something you need to work hard, which means healthy diet and exercise.

  15. I took this slimming tea at night (as per seller instruction) before my sleep for just 6 days then I stopped. I suffered from diarrhea and stomach pain. At the 7th day, the effect was even worst because I have a fever due to dehydration caused by the diarrhea. Imagine I visited the toilet basin 8x daily.
    Thanks for the good advices. All that I thought during the process of taking this up was correct. That this tea will do bad things and could endanger my life as well.
    Today is the 8th day and I can still feel stomach upset (I just hope it didn’t resulted to an ulcer).

  16. Thanks so much for this insight that most of us were not aware of . from today on wards o promise never to take slimming teas and i will resort to serious exercises in the evening
    to reduce ma weight .
    i again say THANKS TEAM for this
    Regards
    Monica Uganda

  17. AFTER. Reading all comments I m so confuses wht 2du plzzzzzzz tel me wht should I du nw. I hve 2drink or nt slimng herb plzzzzzzz reply me

  18. I had a friend introduce me to the China slimming tea I have been taking in for about 3 months my reason was because I have several constipation and I have tried everything nothing helps this did now today I feel like I could pass out my stomach feels like someone is ripping my insides out I have now got to to stop taking this and search for another form of laxative especially after reading about it.

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  20. The negative comments on this page are ridiculous!!
    I am a professional nutritionist, if you drink one cup of feiyan tea in the morning and one at night along with a balanced diet you will be absolutely fine. Feiyan tea is an antioxident and will give you the runs for a couple of days. This is totally normal! The reason that there are so many negative experiences is because a majority of people go way over the top!! MORE IS NOT BETTER! you only need one morning and one evening, and only use 250ml of water per cup!! do not use mugs or drink several cups a day.
    NOTE: IT WILL ONLY WORK IF YOU USE IT CORRECTLY

  21. This article is so wrong. First of all it puts all ‘slimming teas’ under one heading. One must first consider the natural herbs used to prepare such a tea since all herbs have different benefits and side effects! Apart from that, what about home-made slimming teas made ONLY with natural herbs? These do not contain any caffeine or nicotine (again depending on the herbs used). If you want to use herbs to stabilise your weight and metabolic function, use natural herbs and not pre-packed ‘slimming teas’.

  22. Wow, no starchy rice, no milk, not even red meat, so what is there to eat? am a 58kg woman, i dont smoke and drink liqours, as in never, i eat in portions not platter. I have this baby fat in my belly which i do hate, yes! i use to be a volleyball player but stop when need to go full time job or else starve lol

  23. I’ve been using the slim teas for two days in the night before I go to bed and each morning when I wake I have to rush to the restroom. It caused me serious cramps and abdominal pain and diarrhea. I’m going to stop drinking these teas but if you are okay with the pain and diarrhea drink them in the night so that you would not be subdued to the bathroom all day

  24. I have been taking Slimming German tea on and of irregularly for over a year now. I have now started up regular as the instructions say one tea bag in the morning and one at night. It has worked very well for me. I go to the toilet 2 to 3 times a day. It is not in a dysentery form but the tea does its job in cleansing the insides of my bowel walls. Where I would not be going to toilet this frequent. I would rather have my bowels emptied which the tea does than have it stay inside and coat the walls of the large bowel. this herbal tea whether it be senna in the tea bags Would be far better than the laxatives pharmac make mixed with more potent chemicals. And this is so affordable.

    • Just to add to my comment I am losing weight, and I am feeling a lot better. I did get cramps when initially started the tea bags but I am not getting these anymore. . All these gimmick diets advertised that asks for 10 times more than the costs of these herbal teas don’t work. The Asian shops all sell these products and they are easily affordable. So annoying when an affordable herbal product is offered and others Des credit it. My daughters are now starting this as they are needing to lose weight.

  25. Hey where can I get the slim tea leaves ad will I slim the whole body …..coz for mi I just wnt to
    slim my stomach ad waist

  26. Here are more tips to lose weight even faster: http://www.diet-tea.net Eat a high-protein breakfast. Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juice. Drink water a half hour before meals. Choose weight loss-friendly foods. Eatsoluble fiber. Drink Diet Tea. Eat mostly whole, unprocessed foods. Eat your food slowly.

  27. people dont read the instructions. ..as the this article says “people use it wrongly ”
    the closemyer tea is perfect and it works…ive been drinking it for a long time…although when I’m fine with my weight i discontinue using it…
    instructions!!!!!
    DRINK THE TEAR AFTER…….
    AFTER……
    AFTER…..
    30 MINUTES AFTER LUNCH AND DINNER!!!!!TWICE A DAY!

    because people want to loose weight fast then one tend to refrain from eating or one Drinks the tea before food……
    there is nothing wrong witg the tear!!!
    lets follow the instructions
    every medicine is dangerous when wrongly used!!

  28. I Want to lose weight too, But I love eating… I can’t diet and I hate exercise, The comments above are confusing me.

  29. Hi everyone I recently bought the Closemyer slimming green tea. I got pimples all over my face and running stomach and I only took it for three days and stopped. now I have stomach cramps n discomfort. if something is good for you why would it cause pains? I’m scared of drinking it again.

  30. Pls and pls…the poster is right and also wrong in some information being displayed..
    1.) NOT all diet teas are laxatives…or harmful…
    2.)we have natural teas…. that one can take without purging or stooling..(i took it after breastfeeding)
    3.)if you are a breastfeeding mom,PLS and PLS…DO NOT take any green tea or slimming coffee because you baby will end up having issues
    ..and even loose weight….(1.)Just EAT right… 2.)do not skip a meal,expecially breakfast and eat less at night…at most 6 or 7 pm….3.)drink lots of water…
    NOTE THESE: Breastfeeding aids weight loss in womwn..if only we EAT RIGHT(DO Not Forget to Take FRUITs also…
    3.)any slimming tea/coffee that is making you purge or stool..pls stop it…
    In summary,use natural trimming/diet teas/coffees…eat right,take lots of water..eat lots of fruit,avoid eating late @night…exercise daily…(make that body sweat)…eat less starchy foods/ carbohydrates and you are good to go… thanks… you want to know natural teas to take……whatsapp… 07031637125

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