Below we take an in-depth look at Protein World TummyTox, to see if it can offer consumers any benefits.
Protein World TummyTox is a detox supplement that is intended to reduce bloating, water retention, and digestive discomfort. The product will also “deal with toxic build up” in the digestive system, and contains some digestive enzymes. The product is manufactured by Protein World, a British company who primarily make weight loss protein shakes for women.
There are lots of side effects that could be caused by the ingredients found in Protein World TummyTox. The main side effects appear to be increased urination, increased bowel movements, gas, stomach pain and digestive issues, and diarrhoea.
Women who are taking the contraceptive pill should be aware that the use of laxatives can interfere with the absorption of the tablet, as can the consumption of activated charcoal, which could obviously reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive. Other medications may also be affected.
We are not impressed by Protein World TummyTox at all. It is widely accepted by respected medical bodies and professionals that detoxing is not necessary, as the body is more than capable of detoxing itself. Attempts at detox can even be detrimental to health, depending upon the tactics used. This supplement is neither helpful, necessary, or beneficial to the consumer or their health.
Protein World has received a lot of negative attention due to their questionable ad campaigns, potentially mislabelled products, and repeated run-ins with the Advertising Standards Agency over the accuracy of their product descriptions. Although they have rebranded as more body-positive, they have been forced to change the descriptions of some supplements as recently as March 2018; Protein World does not seem to be the most reputable brand. With regards to TummyTox in particular, the use of activated charcoal in a product marketed to women for twice daily consumption is surprising; what is more worrying though, is that lack of notifications or warnings that the activated charcoal could interfere with and reduce the effectiveness of medications and the contraceptive pill.
There is no money-back guarantee, and customers have 14 days from the date of delivery to returns unwanted goods (provided that they are unopened).
Overall, we do not recommend Protein World TummyTox to our readers.
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Protein World TummyTox is a detox supplement that is intended to reduce bloating, water retention, and digestive discomfort. The product will also “deal with toxic build up”, and the product description alludes to a laxative effect.
One of the main active ingredients in TummyTox is activated charcoal, which is highly absorbent. Activated charcoal is known to absorb toxins and poisons (the reason that it is one of the treatment options following an overdose), but it can also negatively affect the body’s absorption of many medications, including the contraceptive pill. Considering that consumers are instructed to take this supplement twice daily, it stands a high chance of preventing the contraceptive pill from being properly absorbed; the manufacturers fail to disclose this to their customers, an omission that is both surprising and worrying. Activated charcoal is also fairly indiscriminate about what it does absorb; whilst it could absorb toxins, it could also bond with vitamins and minerals such as ascorbic acid (vitamin C), niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), thiamine (vitamin B1), and biotin.
Directions for use are as follows:
TummyTox is manufactured by a British company called Protein World, who are based in Surrey.
Protein World’s advertising campaigns have been the cause of controversy in the past, with accusations of fat shaming and “socially irresponsible advertising” attracting over 71,000 complaints in 2015 (and again in 2017); in response, The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) banned the 2015 advert. The Chief Executive of Protein World, Arjun Seth, described activists who objected to the ads as “insecure”, “feminist terrorists”. In 2018, the company have taken a new, more body-positive and inclusive approach to advertising, using the slogan “Every body works”.
Protein World has also been reined in by the ASA numerous times for making misleading, exaggerated, or unproven claims about the benefits and effectiveness of their supplements, with the latest infraction taking place in March 2018. Protein World can be contacted using the information provided on their official website.
Protein World TummyTox will, according to the manufacturers, benefit consumers in the following ways:
The product could help with bloating and water retention, but could also cause dehydration, as it contains several diuretics and laxative ingredients. A better option would be to just drink more water and consume less salt, as these are the two biggest factors in water retention.
The ingredients found in Protein World TummyTox are detailed below. The ingredient quantities listed below are per daily serving of four capsules.
There are lots of side effects that could be caused by the ingredients found in Protein World TummyTox.
Aloe Vera is a stimulant laxative (it speeds up the movement of your bowels by stimulating the nerves that control the muscles lining your digestive tract). Stimulant laxatives can cause stomach pain and discomfort, gas, and the sudden urge to go to the toilet, as well as diarrhoea in some cases.
Perhaps the most serious worry of using laxatives is that they can cause an electrolyte imbalance in 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 exercise 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.
Women who are taking the contraceptive pill should be aware that the use of laxatives can interfere with the absorption of the tablet, which could obviously reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive. Other medications may also be affected.
Rhubarb can cause some side effects such as stomach and intestinal pain, watery diarrhoea, and uterine contractions. Dandelion can cause increased urination and dehydration.
Activated charcoal is very absorbent, and can interfere with the body’s absorption of various medications, including the contraceptive pill.
Protein World claims that they offer a money-back guarantee, but clarify that it only applies to unopened products. This is, therefore, not actually a money-back guarantee.
Customers may return products within 14 days of receiving them (although the company confusingly mentions several different returns periods within the same paragraph, ranging from 14 to 28 days). In any case, customers are unable to claim a refund if the package is opened. To arrange a refund on an unopened package, customers must email the company to receive a returns form and must cover the costs of returning it themselves.
Protein World TummyTox can be purchased from the official Protein World website, where a single bottle costs £14.99. Delivery charges may also apply. Unlike most of the Protein World range, we could not find this product being sold at any third party retailers.
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