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Weight Loss Tea Banned By Instagram For Containing…Laxatives?

By on July 18, 2013
Formed last year, SkinnyMe Tea has been arguably one of Instagram’s most popular weight loss teas, amassing a following of over 200,000 people. But now the social media giant has banned the company from posting on its site–claiming it is promoting self-harm.

Other health experts in Australia warn consumers this weight loss tea isn’t so safe, despite claiming it is a “100 percent natural health supplements company.”

“‘While Instagram is a place where people can share their lives with others through photographs, it does not condone the promotion or glorification of self-harm,” says a spokesperson for Instagram.

But why the controversy? Well it turns out SkinnyMe Tea contains a secret ingredient, called senna.

Commonly found in health food stores, senna is classified as a stimulant laxative–a drug that forces the evacuation of digestive matter.

Side effects associated with senna include stomach cramps, changes in electrolyte levels, and dehydration.

But what worries experts is complications arising from constant use–such as an increased risk of heart attack.

“All the success stories made me feel so horrible about myself that I felt the need to be like those girls,” says Madeleine Macintyre, who had to be hospitalized after consuming the SkinnyMe tea. “Out of nowhere I got stomach cramps and they were so bad I was in tears every time I tried to lie down from the pain. My doctor told me my body had gone into mild shock.”

Jessica Maclennan, another customer, also reports experiencing similar side effects.

“The side effects I couldn’t endure and I couldn’t go to work,” says Maclennan. “I was woken at 5am with incredible cramps and was physically sick for about three hours in the morning. By the sixth day, the pain was too intense and I chose to end my ‘teatox’.”

But what may be more disturbing is SkinnyMe’s response to these complaints. When Macintyre complained about how the tea affected her health, SkinnyMe blocked her–leaving her with no way to warn others about the product. Even a manager for SkinnyMe’s parent company, All Good Incorporated, says there’s nothing “wrong with being skinny and looking good.”

Apparently there isn’t–even if someone’s health is at stake.

Desperate to Lose Weight? Here are Alternatives

If swallowing laxatives aren’t your preferred method of losing weight–and hopefully this is the case–then it’s time to explore other options of weight loss. But what’s best?

  • Forget teas or supplements. Teas and supplements are a good way to increase how much weight you lose, but should never be relied upon as the only method. Instead, focus on your diet by eating fewer processed foods and eating more clean foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.
  • Sip green tea instead. Green tea has been proven to increase how much fat you burn–research says people who regularly consume green tea lose an average of 3 pounds a month. Better yet, no secret laxatives here.
  • Exercise. A good diet plan is useless unless you increase your calorie-burning potential–by adding exercise to your daily routine. Just 30 minutes of walking can burn up to 300 calories; that’s the same amount as a bag of fries.

Readers: Have you ever tried a weight loss tea with senna before? How did it affect you?

Source:
Diet Tea Page Shut Down After Health Horrors ReportedDailyAdvertiser.com.au

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