About SkinnyFit Detox Tea
Made with 13 whole, all-natural superfood ingredients, SkinnyFit Detox Tea promises to help boost your energy, immunity, and metabolism, burn fat, fight bloating, and release toxins, all in one simple step.
All you have to do is drink one eight-ounce cup every morning about 30 minutes before breakfast, which only takes five to seven minutes to make.
From there, we’re told its blend of lemongrass, ginseng, Sencha green tea, and goji berries will start working to provide a variety of benefits, including supporting healthy digestion, promoting healthy skin, and using antioxidants to flush out cell-damaging substances.
If necessary, you can drink more than one cup of tea per day (such as later in the afternoon or before a workout) to maximize these results. However, the company also recommends eating more whole fruits and veggies while undergoing your detoxification.
Based on these claims, one of our biggest questions when researching SkinnyFit was: Outside of reducing calorie intake and exercising regularly, is there anything contained in this blend that can boost your weight loss results? What about cleansing the body of toxins?
We’ll take a much closer look at Detox Tea’s formulation in a moment. But before we get there, let’s discuss the topic of detoxification.
What Is Detoxification & Is It Good For Your Health?
In Detox vs. Cleanse, we start by emphasizing that the exact purpose served by modern detoxes and cleanses is a little unclear. But in general, the idea is to alter the diet in order to clean out the digestive tract, thus eliminating toxins like:
- Cigarette residue
- Heavy metals
- Environmental elements
- Fecal matter
- Potentially aggravating foods like dairy, eggs, soy, refined sugar, caffeine, and alcohol
According to The Gut Health Project, side effects of having too many of these toxins in the body include “fatigue, headaches, joint pain, food sensitivities, mood swings, anxiety or depression, high blood pressure, or constipation.”
But here’s the most important part: During our research for this article, we learned that most health professionals don’t recommend detoxes or cleanses (whether teas like SkinnyFit, or otherwise). Why? Because healthy bodies are able to remove unwanted toxins with relative ease.
To this note, Dr. Morton Tavel, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine, at Indiana University School of Medicine and author of “Snake Oil is Alive & Well: The Clash between Myths and Reality, Reflections of a Physician,” who was interviewed for our article, was quoted as saying:
“The basic concept of detoxifying is blatantly flawed. Our natural processes, especially liver and kidney function, cleanse our bodies far better than any extrinsic activities or substances could possibly achieve.”
In fact, he emphasized that by increasing the laxative effect commonly associated with cleanses and detoxes, they can actually do more harm than good. How? By weakening the body’s ability to fight infections and inflammation, upsetting blood sugar, potassium, and sodium levels, and resulting in vitamin and mineral deprivation.
For more about this topic, be sure to read Detoxification Supplements May Not Be What They Seem.
What Ingredients Does SkinnyFit Detox Tea Contain?
Based on the nutrition facts label posted on the SkinnyFit website, each bag of Detox Tea bag contains 1.7g of material (including 5 mg of potassium and 17.98 mg of caffeine), comes in at 10 calories, and contains the following raw ingredients:
Sencha Green Tea, Nettle Leaf, Oolong Tea, Dandelion Leaf, Goji Berry, Yerba Mate, Lemongrass, Milk Thistle, Guarana, Peach Flavoring, Ginseng, Citric Acid, Stevia Leaf, Matcha Green Tea
According to their summarizations of the available clinical evidence, websites like Examine.com, the Natural Medicines Database, and WebMD report that consuming between 150 mg and three grams of green tea (no specific variety) can possibly address many health conditions, including high cholesterol, clogged arteries, osteoporosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
In Green Matcha Tea Health Benefits According to Scientific Studies and Experts, we also learned that this variety is considered a superfood.
Specifically, it might deliver high levels of antioxidants that can help fight free radical damage (known as oxidative stress). And in some mice-focused studies, it’s been shown to lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels. However, its weight loss-related benefits in humans are reported to be unclear.
Regarding green tea in general, we’ve also learned from our past research that its caffeine content can slightly boost daily calorie burning (between three and four percent; or 60-80 calories per day). Certainly, every little bit helps, but we include these details to help you maintain realistic expectations for detox teas, whether from SkinnyFit or other brands.
In other words, as far as pounds lost, the clinical evidence indicates green tea varieties will only deliver a small amount of assistance.
But because we learned earlier that the majority of health professionals don’t recommend detoxification in general, there remains little clinical evidence support green tea’s ‘cleansing’ ability.
Outside of these details, these same sites reported insufficient clinical evidence showing any of SkinnyFit Detox Tea's remaining ingredients can reliably boost energy, immunity, and metabolism, or increase fat burning in humans.
Could SkinnyFit Detox Tea Cause Side Effects?
If you’re “pregnant, breastfeeding, have preexisting medical conditions, abstaining from food (fasting), or under the age of 18,” SkinnyFit recommends consulting with a healthcare before undergoing a detox, whether using their Detox Tea or another product.
WebMD, the Natural Medicines Database, and Examine.com also report that the natural caffeine content found in Detox Tea’s blend could lead to nervousness, jitteriness, and insomnia, especially for those sensitive to stimulants.
With this said, the SkinnyFit website emphasizes that their tea only contains approximately 17.98 mg of caffeine per tea bag, compared to 30-50 mg per cup for regular green or black tea, or 95 mg for a cup of regular coffee.
Finally, these same sites indicate nettle can cause sweating and milk thistle can have a laxative effect (no specific circumstances or dosages noted).
How Much Does SkinnyFit Detox Tea Cost?
SkinnyFit Detox Tea is priced as follows:
- 1 Bag (28 individual tea bags): $59.95, plus $5.95 S&H
- 2 Bags: $89.95 ($44.98 per bag), plus $7.95 S&H
- 3 Bags: $123.95 ($41.32 per bag), plus $9.95 S&H
When checking out, customers can choose between a one-time order or an ongoing subscription. With the latter, you’ll receive the same quantity each month, and your credit card will be charged accordingly.
Regardless of how much you’re looking to buy, all SkinnyFit orders come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H. In order to request one, or to cancel your recurring shipments, you’ll need to reach out to customer support at 888-862-1758, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via their site’s contact form.
Can SkinnyFit Detox Tea Customer Reviews Provide Meaningful Insight?
The only place we encountered online customer feedback for SkinnyFit Detox Tea was on Amazon, where more than 80 customers had given it an average rating of 2.5 stars. Most compliments related to improved weight loss, reduced bloating, and good taste.
As you might expect for any weight loss product, though, the most common complaints referenced no results (no increased energy, immunity, metabolism, or fat burning fat; reduced bloating, or improved health related to ‘toxin’ release), along with a high price.
Are There Other Detox & Weight Loss Teas Like SkinnyFit?
We mentioned earlier that there are several other detoxification/ fat-burning teas competing for the same customers as SkinnyFit, including top search engine results (and options that we’ve researched in the past) like Fit Tea, Bootea, Flat Tummy Tea, and SkinnyMint. How does SkinnyFit’s formula compare?
Taking a look at their individual ingredients, we found most contained one or more green tea varieties, ginger, nettle, dandelion, lemongrass, and nettle, along with a possible laxative like senna or psyllium husk.
If you’re trying to wade through all these options and find the right one for you, it’s always a wise idea to start by talking with your doctor, whether you’re considering SkinnyFit or any other detox or weight loss product. They’ll be able to take your goals and health diagnosis into consideration when recommending options, and whether or not teas like this should play a part in your treatment.
From there, just like when shopping for any dietary supplement, it’s important to look for companies that:
- Support their claims with double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical evidence
- Price their products competitively
- Don’t sign customers up for an autoship program
- Provide plenty of time for you to try the product and return it if you’re dissatisfied
- Come with mostly positive online customer feedback, both for the product and the manufacturer
Our Final Thoughts About SkinnyFit Detox Tea
During our past research on the topic, as well as after interviewing relevant professionals, we’ve learned that most medical professionals don’t recommend detoxification (whether tea-based or otherwise). As consumers ourselves, this makes it difficult to see any value in products that promote this benefit.
Furthermore, websites like WebMD, Examine.com, and the Natural Medicines Database indicate that while green tea can provide a whole host of benefits, there’s insufficient reported clinical evidence indicating it can deliver meaningful weight loss in humans.
On the upside, SkinnyFit stands behind their product with a 30-day return policy, so you might not lose more than a few dollars in return shipping if you’re not satisfied with Detox Tea’s performance.
Just keep in mind that although it claims to be laxative-free (if this is one of your main concerns), milk thistle is often used as a natural laxative, which could have a similar effect, especially for sensitive individuals.
20 out 23 people found this review helpful
As a person who cannot have much caffeine, I find this tea to be a wonderful pick me up. It has also helped to increase my weight loss. I was at a stuck point in my weight loss, and after using this tea, I began to once again lose weight. I would not recommend drinking past early afternoon as it has a long time frame of wakefulness. It will keep you up all night if drank to late in the day. It does not have the comedown crash of coffee, however. To me, this is a good thing.
I would recommend it to those looking for a little extra help with their healthy dieting. I cannot say it causes rapid weight loss or instant health benefits, but I have found it to be a very helpful, added bonus to my weight loss.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend