Like most, if not all, detox or weight-loss teas, Ideal Health Slimatee is not a solution for losing weight. It’s basically a laxative. So any weight you lose will be as a result of those ingredients. It can become dangerous to rely upon laxatives in the long-term as well. Lots of customers have mentioned the urgent need to use the bathroom after drinking this tea, so the laxative ingredients clearly do what you would expect. It’s a cheap and easily available product, but, unless you suffer from constipation, a slimming tea won’t help you.
We take an in-depth look at Ideal Health Slimatee, a laxative-based herbal tea that is available cheaply at health stores across the UK.
Ideal Health Slimatee is not a weight loss product, although it appears that some people have used it for this purpose based upon the customer reviews. The product is primarily a laxative and diuretic; whilst consumers may lose weight whilst using the product, this weight loss will be temporary.
For readers who are looking for a laxative tea or cleansing product that can be used for the short term, this tea may present a good option. Its ingredients will help to reduce bloating, increase bowel movements and treat constipation. However, changes to the consumer’s diet will have the same effects as this tea, in a healthier manner.
Laxatives such as those used in Ideal Health Slimatee are less than ideal; long term use can lead to dependency and there are numerous unpleasant and even dangerous side effects associated with even short term use. Perhaps the biggest worries are dehydration and loss of electrolytes, both of which can have incredibly serious secondary side effects.
Customers have reported urgent bowel movements, dehydration, aching bones, stomach cramps, and diarrhoea.
Holland and Barrett offer a box of 10 teabags for £2.49, whilst 20 teabags for £3.99. Delivery costs £2.99.
Ideal Health Slimatee is a tea that is supposedly a natural herbal aid to slimming. The manufacturers and sellers make no claims about how the product aids weight loss, but a study of the ingredients list reveals that the product is predominantly laxative based.
The ingredients used are all natural, but we would argue that the product is not a true weight loss aid, as it does not seem to significantly aid weight loss nor reduce fat mass in the body. The product can also not be used in the long term, or even for more than a fortnight at a time.
There is very little information available about the manufacturers of this product. Some retailers list the product as being manufactured by Ideal Health, whilst others attribute it to ‘Kuritee’. There does not appear to be an official website for the product. Customers who want more information about the product should consult the retailers that sell the product. The company appears to be UK based, purely because this is where the tea is predominantly sold.
Prepare by pouring boiling water over one tea bag and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. One cupful to be taken at night for up to 2 weeks in any two-month period.
The ingredients found in Ideal Health Slimatee are predominantly laxatives and diuretics. These ingredients, including senna, Frangula bark, hibiscus, and goldenrod herb, will increase the number of bowel movements the consumer experiences and will remove water weight from the body through increased urination. Whilst both these effects may lead to initial weight loss, any weight changes due to these ingredients will ultimately be temporary.
Black tea and Mate tea have both been linked to weight loss in clinical trials; both contain caffeine, which is known to mildly increase the body’s metabolic rate. However, these ingredients alone are unlikely to cause much change to the consumer’s weight in the two weeks per two month period that consumers are allowed to drink the product. Caffeine is also a diuretic, in addition to its other weight loss properties.
Very little information is actually provided about the intended purpose of Slimatee. The Holland and Barrett website states,
This range of kuritees has been developed over many years of experience and represent the ultimate in quality herbal teas.
One of the Amazon sales pages adds,
Slimatee is a herbal tea containing Frangula & Senna and is a natural herbal aid to slimming.
No further information is provided beyond this.
Customer reviews certainly do indicate that the tea generally increases bowel movements. It may aid treatment of constipation, and reduce bloating, although these problems can also be alleviated by changes to the consumer’s diet.
Ultimately, this product is not a weight loss aid, and should not be used as such. Any weight loss would be water weight and from the increase in bowel movements. This majority of ingredients used in this product has no effect upon fat mass, and weight loss will likely be regained after the consumer stops using Ideal Health Slimatee.
The black tea and Mate tea used in this product contain caffeine, which could increase the metabolism of the consumer very slightly. This may lead to some very slight weight loss, but it is unlikely to be significant, especially as the product can only be used for a fortnight per two-month period.
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An ingredients list for Ideal Health Slimatee is provided, although individual ingredient quantities are not provided. The strength of the tea may vary depending upon how long the beverage is brewed for before it is drunk.
Whilst the laxatives and other ingredients used in this tea are sourced naturally, this does not mean that the product is without side effects. Customers have reported urgent bowel movements, dehydration, aching bones, stomach cramps, and diarrhoea.
Use of laxatives can easily cause dehydration, especially if the consumer is not drinking much more water than usual whilst using the product. This is because the body is expelling more water both through increased urination and moving more water into stools. Headaches and constipation are two side effects that may occur due to dehydration. Some people may experience diarrhoea, depending upon their own diet as well as the strength of the individual product they are using.
Use of laxatives can also cause a loss of electrolytes from the body. Calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, and sodium are all obtained from fluids, supplements, and foods, but increasing fluid output can decrease their levels in the body- even sweating due to exercising can significantly lower electrolyte levels.
Side effects of low levels of electrolytes include muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, trembling, muscle weakness, and stiff or aching joints. In the most severe cases, more serious symptoms can occur, such as low blood pressure, tachycardia (rapid heart rate), sunken eyes, confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment, and poor skin elasticity. If any of these occur, a medical professional should be consulted immediately.
Over-reliance upon laxatives can also cause dependency, as the muscles in the colon become weaker. This is one of the main reasons why the product is only for occasional or short term use.
The above-mentioned side effects can be minimized by drinking plenty of water throughout the day (rather than a large amount all at once), and altering the dosage of the product used if required. Altering your diet may also help, by increasing the amount of high-fibre foods, fruit, and vegetables that are being eaten daily. Indeed, taking these measures, in general, may help to prevent many digestive problems including bloating and constipation in the first place, which may mean that consumers no longer feel the need to take the tea at all.
Weight loss may occur especially in the first few days of using the product, as a combination of an increase in the number of bowel movements the consumer has per day, and a reduction in water being held in the body. This weight loss is not permanent and is likely to be regained after the product is no longer being used.
Ideal Health Slimatee also contains two sources of caffeine, although it is unclear just how much caffeine will be present in any particular cup of the tea, due to variations in brewing times. Because of the mixture of ingredients used in this beverage, there is likely to be less caffeine than in a regular cup of tea. Caffeine can cause a range of side effects including headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, heart palpitations, increased urination, dehydration, jitteriness, dizziness, and insomnia.
There are numerous customer reviews for Ideal Health Slimatee.
Great tea – tastes good and does what it is supposed to. I have tried Bootea before and found that it didn’t have the greatest effect for the price. This is just a fraction of the cost and so much better.
Does exactly what it is meant to. I do the two weeks every couple of months.
Tastes good. And it is not harsh.
This tea is a great product I love it. helps you feel that bit better in yourself its cheered me up knowing I can make myself feel better from the inside. its just fab!!! and a great price too 🙂
Very good product, really working for me i will buy it a million times. I have been having this tea every night its very nice with a little honey does exactly what it should thanks.
I bought this tea from holland and barrett. The first day I used it, felt great and had no probz with it. Continued using a couple of days the side effects started showing. Too many runs to toilet, stomach cramps and bones aching. Sorry, but not for me.
Worked wonderfully after first use, it says to take every day for two weeks but I think every other day would be sufficient-unless you enjoy running to the bathroom! Yet to see if it has any effect on weight loss but I imagine it would, giving its effect. Would recommend to anyone who suffers from Constipation and dislikes medical remedies that often have unattractive side effects.
There does not appear to be a money-back guarantee for this product. Returns policies will vary between retailers.
Ideal Health Slimatee can be purchased from numerous online retailers. Holland and Barrett offer a box of 20 teabags for £3.99 plus a charge of £2.99 for delivery. Delivery is free for orders totaling over £20. The product may also be available at selected Holland and Barrett retail outlets, but this may vary. Purchasing this product in store is the cheapest method of buying Ideal Health Slimatee.
Ideal Health Slimatee can also be purchased from Amazon. There are numerous suppliers of the product who sell through the UK Amazon website. Prices vary, and consumers should definitely take delivery charges into consideration here. One supplier offers a box of 20 teabags for £2.35, with delivery costing an additional £2.95 (coming to a total of £5.30). Meanwhile, other suppliers are selling the same sized box for £4.29 with free delivery.
A smaller box is also available, containing 10 teabags. From Amazon, this costs £3.11 with free delivery.
US and other international customers can purchase the product from the .com Amazon page, at a price of $10.99 with free shipping.
Based on the customer reviews, this product is highly effective; however, this also means that its use is not very convenient. Customers mention suffering from an immediate and urgent need to go to the bathroom, with little warning, making it difficult for the consumer to place themselves far away from a bathroom for a prolonged period of time. Consumers with complicated working schedules or those who are travelling may want to reconsider using this product, purely for reasons of convenience.
The product is cheap, especially compared to other detox and laxative-based products we have reviewed in the past. There is no money-back guarantee on the product.
Ultimately, this product is not a weight loss aid, and so we cannot recommend Ideal Health Slimatee to our readers.
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