I’m always on a diet (kind of).
On days high-calorie food entices me more than usual (which are many days), I think of the not so funny joke:
“What goes up like a Ferrari but comes down like a bicycle? The answer: my fat percentage.”
I’m a bit of a skeptic, so I don’t easily believe in products that allegedly “melt my fat away” (as if), “prevent absorption of ____” (hmm maybe some are legit) or “tone up my body” (lol).
For the past 8+ years I’ve been sort of on a diet, these facts are the only ones I’ve truly experienced myself:
1. Exercise makes us happy
It’s not like I’ve gone to Spartan Races, ran marathons or actually did some serious cardio/strength workout. Given the time, frequency and intensity of my workouts, I’ll be embarrassed to even seriously call these sessions “exercise”.
But what I can be sure of, is that whether I played tennis, forced myself to walk around my neighborhood, or went on a run with my friends, exercise is this really strange thing that I don’t exactly love doing (yet) but at least while I’m doing it, makes me happy.
2. This “diet drink” really works.
I know this sounds click-baity, but it’s true. I call this drink the “poop tea” because how it works is very simple. It makes you poop.
What does this tea do?
Like I said, it makes you go to the bathroom. That means it helps with constipation and at least temporarily, gets a lot of the undigested/digested lumps of food in your stomach out of the system.
How does it taste like?
After drinking the tea for the past 2 years, I’m still not used to the taste. I’m not a picky eater (somewhat unfortunately), and as long as something tastes pretty average, I’m fine with it.
But this tea really is indescribably, incredibly not tasty.
I solemnly challenge you to drink the cup without frowning/scowling. I just down the cup in one go thinking it’s not tea, it’s medicine- and take a bite of something to get rid of the taste in my mouth.
It may not be my cup my tea (lol), but the taste might be great for you if you like scented, herbal taste, though.
“It’s going to be what brings down my weight by about 0.3-0.6kg.” is what I chant in my head.
Is it really good for constipation?
I don’t like hearing “Depends” as an answer. Despite knowing things don’t work in a black and white way, I often find myself wanting a fixed yes-no answer. Unfortunately, “depends” is the case for this tea too.
This tea is like my (only) diet cheat method. I tend to drink it on days I’ve eaten too much but am not in a mood to go for a run. Within about 6-24 hours, I have the urge to go to the bathroom about 2 times, and really instantly, I feel less bloated.
I feel lighter, I am lighter (minimum 0.3kg, maximum 1kg from experience) and less bloated.
For my friend who regularly experiences bloating and constipation, the tea doesn’t work as effectively.
It’s not a magical tea for everyone. But it is for quite a few.
Where/how can I order it?
I bought it for S$7.40 on iHerb.
You can also buy it from “Traditional Medicinals Official Online Store“.
Does it have any side effects?
If only I could drink this tea after every high-calorie meal.
The reported side effects are: painful cramping (my stomach does hurt), diarrhoea, fluid losses, poor nutrient absorption, and changes in urine color. The tea manufacturer advises consumption of 1 cup (240ml) per day for no longer than 1 week a time. Senna (an FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) laxative) in the tea may also interact with certain substances. For more information, you can refer to this article and the official manufacturer website.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend that you drink this tea any 1-3 days before an important event. You wouldn’t want to be breaking out in cold sweat having to go to the washroom when you’re in the middle of a meeting, for example.
For the past 1-2 years I’ve had this tea about once every 2 weeks, I haven’t experienced anything I’d call a “side-effect”. Whether you do experience a side-effect or not depends on several factors (e.g. your digestive system).
What’s my verdict?
I’ll continue drinking this tea for as long as 1) I continue not experiencing side effects 2) the manufacturer produces this tea.
This tea makes my lifelong dieting journey a lot less painful, does away with my bloating and helps with constipation, too. I’ll just have to start liking the herbal taste more.
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Cheers, Han Sol