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Lucy Mecklenburgh claims detox teas ‘just make you go to the toilet’

'Some of these products could become very harmful to your health and mental health'

Olivia Petter
Friday 25 January 2019 10:25 GMT
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Lucy Mecklenburgh has highlighted the dangers of so-called “detox teas”, which have surged in popularity in recent years thanks to companies landing lucrative sponsorship deals with high profile celebrities.

There are now hundreds of detox tea companies doing the rounds on #spon Instagram posts, claiming they can flush out toxins, rev up your metabolism and, crucially, boost weight loss.

But people should approach such products with caution, according to the former TOWIE star, who says that most of them “will just make you go to the toilet… a lot”.

Speaking to, the 27-year-old said she loves drinking herbal teas but stresses the importance of reading the ingredients so you know what you’re actually consuming.

“Some of these products could become very harmful to your health and mental health,” she added.

“What I always say is there is no miracle tea, tablet or powder. We need to be more active and be more aware what we are putting in our bodies. Move more and eat better, not necessarily less.”

A lot of detox teas claim to be completely natural, but many include an ingredient called senna, which is a laxative used to treat constipation.

It’s made from the leaves and fruits of the senna plant, hence why it’s described as “natural”, but the NHS urges people to take senna with caution as long-term use can prevent your bowel from working properly on its own.

There are also some common side effects that affect roughly one in 100 people, such as stomach cramps and diarrhoea.

Some detox tea companies promote “cleanse” packages, advising consumers to drink two to three cups a day for periods as long as 30 days.

Instead of looking for quick-fix solutions to boost wellbeing, Mecklenbugh says she follows a balanced diet and exercises regularly.

“I live by the 80/20 rule,” she said, “so 80 per cent of the time I eat clean so that’s usually during the week and at the weekends I’m so much more relaxed, I indulge if I fancy it.

“If I want a bowl of pasta and a dessert, why not!?”

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