We take a look at Bootea to find out whether it is worth trying or is just a cleverly marketed diet supplement that comes with a good name and image.
- Website looks good
- Social media presence seems fun
- Negative side effects reported
- Detoxing is a waste of time according to medical opinion
- Unlikely to work in the way advertised
- Bootea is a UK company but ship all over the World
- Contains natural ingredients
- Causes unpleasant side effects
Bootea is a new diet supplement on the market that comes in the form of two types of tea – the Daytime Detox and the Bedtime Cleanse. The aim is that you should drink a cup of each tea over a two-week period or a month and it will help you lose weight and detoxify your system. Bootea also comes with a free diet plan you can follow for added results.
Bootea is a UK based company (no other details are supplied though) that according to the advertising specialises in 100% natural health supplements. The Bootea range comprises of the two teas, which you buy as a complete package, but they are available to buy individually as well.
Bootea Daytime Cleanse is a loose tea, which you drink in the morning and contains stimulant yerba mate and Bedtime Cleanse described as a colon cleanse comes in tea bag form, is stimulant free, and should be taken just before bedtime.
According to the company, the daytime tea will suppress your appetite and give you energy.
The Bedtime cleanse said to remove toxins, contains laxative Senna and will ensure you open your bowels 8 hours after taking. This sounds alarming and makes you wonder what will happen if you happen to be a heavy sleeper and sleep in longer than 8 hours! You take the Bedtime cleanse every other night.
As well as the tea, the website offers a free diet plan, which you can download as a PDF file, but there is no reason why you should use this plan over any other diet regime.
You are advised to avoid meat products while you are on your detox but apart from this, it is hard to see what special significance the diet plan has for detoxing or for taking with the tea.
It looks a fairly ordinary low calorie diet plan to us and you will probably lose weight it you follow it to the letter. Many detoxes advise you to avoid tea coffee and alcohol but this is not mentioned in the product information.
The Bootea advertising is slick and professional and has a cutting edge appeal. The name itself – Bootea a play on words around the word booty – meaning Butt, ass, specifically female posterior – as defined by the urban dictionary and the website features an image of the sort of backside that many women would love to have!
The company are fully engaged with social media with a twitter account a Facebook page and even an Instagram account which you can join and see images as well as uploading your own.
The Instagram account seems to have backfired a bit for Bootea, as many of the comments on the Instagram page are along the lines of customers not having received their Bootea packages in the post.
Shockingly, the company have entered into dialogue on this public forum and have included customer’s confidential PayPal account information for the world to see. There also is an issue of non-delivery because many customers do not appear to have received the orders they have paid for.
Bootea supposedly provides a method for detoxing and this in itself is questionable. According to medical opinion, detoxing and the notion of removing so called toxins from the body is unnecessary.
Detoxification is a cornerstone of many alternative medicinal practices but scientists have dismissed this practice.
Respected UK medical charity Sense about Science concluded that,
‘detox’, as used in product marketing, is a myth and worryingly many of the claims about how the body works were wrong and in some cases the suggested remedies were potentially dangerous.
You may also be interested in reading our article on the dangers of detox diet pills.
- The ingredients may be unsafe
- Lengthy shipping delays and dispatch problems
- The advertised benefits of Bootea are misleading
What Does Bootea Claim To Do?
The Bootea advertising claims to “get you the figure you want with an intense mix of natural ingredients” and claims five key benefits:
- Burn Fat and Lose Weight
- Increase Your Metabolism
- Suppress Your Appetite
- Improve Your Skin
- Detox Your Body
The advertising also claims,
At Bootea, we like to encourage each and every person to feel good about themselves. Today’s magazines & media have distorted what beauty is and created an impossible stereotype.
Despite this worthy statement, the advertisers have done exactly what they have criticised today’s the media for doing, and have used impossible stereotype image themselves for their advertising.
Most of us could drink all the detox tea in the world and not get a body like the one used on the Bootea advertising.
So What Is Bootea and What Are The Ingredients For Bootea?
Bootea is a range of two types of tea. You drink one cup of Daytime Detox in the morning at morning and then a cup of Bedtime Cleanse every other night before bedtime. One tea is supposed to perk you up, help you burn fat and lose weight. The other is described as a colon cleanser and is essentially a laxative.
Daytime Detox contains the following ingredients:
- Chinese Oolong tea: Type of green tea and a powerful source of antioxidants. Drinking green tea is good for health but there is just not enough substantiated evidence to support the idea that drinking green tea or slimming teas truly results in weight loss. See our earlier investigation into green tea.
- Maté leaves: Have proven effective for weight loss and contain high levels of flavanoids and antioxidants. This stimulant contains caffeine, but amounts contained in the tea are not disclosed. See our earlier article on Yerba Mate.
- Ginger root: Culinary ingredient and flavouring often used to treat stomach upsets
- Fennel seeds: commonplace herb with aniseed flavour and an ingredient in gripe water – given to babies as a cure for wind. Fennel is a diuretic.
- Lemongrass: When taken in large enough quantities lemon grass can have a calming effect. It is used as a tea in some countries.
- Dandelion leaf: Is a well known diuretic. It may cause you to urinate more depending on quantities included in the tea (not given)
- Ginseng root: Medicinal root with numerous potential benefits to health and a high number of side effects included high blood pressure or low blood pressure. Common ingredient in herbal teas or tisanes.
- Gotu Kola leaves: Also called Centella. Indian vegetable often used as an ingredient in a soft drink. Although touted for its health benefits there is no evidence it has any particular effect upon illness or weight loss.
- Nettle leaves: Well-known weed with Diuretic properties.
The Bedtime Cleanse does not contain stimulants but will have a laxative effect. Contents include:
- Senna leaves: Senna is a natural plant that contains a chemical called sennoside, which irritates the lining of the bowel and creates a laxative effect. According to the American Herbal Products Association, the leaves are harsh and the association warns against long-term use. They suggest that products containing Senna leaves should come with a health warning. Source: Senna Web MD
- Peppermint leaves: Natural plant leaves often drunk as a tea. Used medicinally to treat bloating and stomach disorders.
- Fenugreek seeds: Indian spice familiar to many as the pungent aroma of some types of curry. Fenugreek may play a role in the treatment of diabetes by improving glucose tolerance.
- Liquorice root: May have many medicinal benefits but should always be taken in moderation because of potential side effects. Believed to have a laxative effect
- Burdock root: British medicinal herb that works a laxative.
- Hawthorn leaves: Are used medicinally for digestive problems and works as a diuretic. Avoid if taking other medication because it interacts with many prescription drugs. Can cause drowsiness. Source: Web MD
- Valerian root: Natural herb that is well known as a remedy against insomnia. Might help you sleep
- Psyllium seeds: Come from an Indian plant Plantago Ovata and a source of dietary fibre. Can cause allergic reactions in many people but may have potential health benefits.
So What Does All This Mean?
The Daytime Detox contains many ingredients that will cause you to urinate more frequently so may cause you to lose water weight although it is unlikely to do anything else.
There is no reason why daytime tea should reduce your appetite and the energy boosting qualities will probably not exceed those you get from drinking an ordinary cup of tea or coffee.
Green tea is good for health but has not been proven to promote weight loss and some of the other ingredients may cause side effects.
The Bedtime Cleanse is essentially a laxative combined with a diuretic. It seems counter intuitive to go to bed after taking a laxative and you may be up in the night to visit the bathroom. Some of the ingredients can cause side effects.
Does Bootea Have Any Side Effects?
Bootea has a whole range of potential side effects.
- Abdominal pain. According to the American Herbal Association has recommended that products containing Senna leaves should come with a health warning
- It is a laxative so you can expect sudden and unpredictable bowel movements especially at first.
- The teas have a diuretic effect so can cause dehydration.
- Hawthorn can cause interactions with other prescription medicines
- Ginseng can cause a range of side effects including high blood pressure and low blood pressure.
- Bootea can interact with contraceptive pills and you are advised to use condoms while taking the teas.
- Taking laxatives is not recommended and can cause your body to become dependent on them according to the NHS
Caution: Avoid if pregnant or breast-feeding and do not take Bootea if you are taking prescription medicine or have an existing medical condition. Avoid if you suffer from digestive problems such as IBS or abdominal pain. Avoid if you take oral contraceptive because Bootea will interfere with the contraceptive function making it useless.
Any Bootea Reviews From Customers?
Bootea is only available from the product website so there are no independent customer reviews available. However there appears to be a problem with shipping delays and many customers have been kept waiting according the company’s Instagram page.
So Does Bootea Work?
Bootea is touted as a detox product and there is no medical reason why you should need to detox because your liver and kidneys can carry out this process without any help from you.
The teas mainly have a laxative and diuretic effect and although this may help you lose some weight initially, it is not healthy and not recommended for health.
Bootea does not look as safe as drinking ordinary green tea and will probably not help you get the body you have always dreamed of.
Where Can I Buy Bootea?
Bootea is available from the product website.
The 14 day teatox comprises of 14 days supply of Daytime and 7 servings of Bedtime and costs £14.99. The 28 day Teatox costs £27.99.
14 days supply of Bedtime Cleanse (or 7 teabags) costs £7.99. 14 days supply of Daytime (loose tea) costs £7.99.
Shipping is free to UK addresses. It costs £3.00 to ship to Europe and the rest of the world costs £5.00 and takes between 5-10 days.
What About A Guarantee
No money back guarantee is on offer.
Bootea benefits from some powerful advertising and a lively social media presence and the teas look stylish, healthy and natural. However, the ingredients are questionable and can cause a wide range of unpleasant side effects. Added to this if you take oral contraception it will not work and if you take other prescription medicine, it may interact.
In addition, many customers have been left waiting for their products and the Bootea customer service team have given confidential customer PayPal information out on their Instagram page. All this in addition to the medical advice warning about detoxing in general, leads us to only one conclusion and that is to reject this product.