As soon as you open the webpage there’s a slender, stunning young woman perched in a hammock swinging in a tropical sea (or maybe her swimming pool; it’s a close-up shot) sipping SkinnyMint Teatox tea. 
So if you drink SkinnyMint, you’ll look like her? Well no, not really, but it’s an image to either inspire or shame. Not sure which. In any event, I’m diving in to see what’s what with this SkinnyMint tea and see where we end up. What is this stuff and does it work? Might I end up a tea-toxer?
SkinnyMint Teatox Claims
SkinnyMint says with its teatox you won’t be doing any crash diets or crazy workouts, and in 28 days of drinking their teas you’ll “reset your body.”
It’s a two-step program: drink the SkinnyMint Morning Boost—a blend of guarana, green tea and yerba mate—each morning, and every other evening you drink their Night Cleanse—a formulation of ginger root, lemongrass, senna leaves, and psyllium husk. So your wakeup drink includes stimulants (guarana, green tea and yerba mate) and antioxidants (green tea, also a stimulant because of its caffeine). Your every-other-night drink is an appetite suppressant (ginger), laxative (senna), and stool softener (psyllium husk), and antioxidant (lemongrass). 
SkinnyMint gave free product to folks who agreed to a complete a survey once they’d done the 28-day plan. According to the results collected and posted by SkinnyMint, of the 1600-plus people who tried it essentially all said it was “easy to do.” More than 90 percent said they felt less bloated, and more than half said they lost weight—and of those the majority claimed they lost 4 pounds or more, adding the cleanse “flushed them out.” I don’t doubt that these folks were surveyed and these are the results, but it’s not evidence that it works for everyone; not by a long shot. But SkinnyMint does say it only works if you’re eating a healthy diet. A 28-day supply costs $55. 
Things to know: SkinnyMint says its Morning Boost is not for people with caffeine sensitivity (yeah, you think?). They claim their blends are combined and formulated using an effect known as “food synergy.” They claim the ingredients in the Night Cleanse tea—which “tastes fresh and earthy, with notes of lemongrass, ginger and orange leaves”—is soothing and provides a well-balanced detox experience. They claim. But it’s full of senna, a laxative. SkinnyMint says you shouldn’t suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, or severe cramping, but if you do, call your doctor. We’ll see if this has been an issue for users when we get to SkinnyMint reviews shortly.
They caution too that if you and tea are old company, steep the bags as long as you want, but if you are not a regular tea drinker and are “feeling overwhelmed by the tea, you can have a milder cup of tea by reducing the infusion time.” 
Personally I call this a red flag, folks.
The morning tea, they claim, “tastes fresh, tropical and fruity …we combined dandelion leaf and guarana seeds with the freshness of green tea – yum.” 
Speaking of brewing, SkinnyMint says you can re-brew the same Morning Boost tea bag up to four times or until bland. If that’s true, it is a bit of a money-saver.
Along with the Teatox, SkinnyMint also has fat-burning Gummies. A one-month supply is $50. These gummies are essentially green coffee bean extract and Garcinia cambogia, both stimulants alleged to help curb appetite and burn fat. SkinnyMint suggests you take the gummies while doing the tea. I caution folks right now; that’s a lot of stimulant.
SkinnyMint Teatox Ingredients
Green tea. You may or may not lose weight with it; studies say both. My own experience has been positive, but only when it was consumed every day. That was good for me but may not be for you—especially if you have any caffeine sensitivity or anxiety problems; caffeine is definitely not a good mix for people who are already anxious, in my opinion. Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins, including the powerhouse epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG prevents another enzyme from putting the brakes on the hormone norepinephrine, so it can start buzzing a message to your fat cells to break up and get gone. Not a very scientific way to explain it, but you get the picture.
Lemongrass is a good ingredient. In terms of chemistry, lemongrass—which is awesome to cook with—helps to oxidize fatty acids and thus uses stored fat for energy. And while I’m not sure about it getting rid of existing accumulated fat, it may be another tool in your toolkit of good things to put in your body to possibly help prevent future fat.
The morning tea contains the usual pack of stimulants, including green tea (which we just talked about), guarana, and yerba mate, all of which keep you up, moving, and fat-burning—but will be of no benefit if you don’t actually get up and move, or if you’re throwing junk foods right back into your body.
The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind SkinnyMint Teatox
There’s little-to-no real science saying you should be detoxing your body with diet or teas. The Mayo Clinic, for one, says the body does a pretty good job all on its own:
There’s very little evidence that dietary cleanses do any of the things they promise. The fact is we don’t need to cleanse our bodies. Our liver, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract do a good job of detoxing it every day. If you’re looking to rejuvenate your body, focus on eating more whole foods, drinking water and removing highly processed foods from your diet. 
And listen to the U. S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
There isn’t any convincing evidence that detox or cleansing programs actually remove toxins from your body or improve your health. Weight loss on a detox diet may be because these diets are often very low in calories. … Detoxification programs often include laxatives, which can cause diarrhea severe enough to lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. 
By the way, the NCCIH has great information on how to make sure you’re keeping environmental and food toxins out of your body, and ideas on the best weight loss protocols and diets to watch out for, so bookmark it! 
Word on the Street about SkinnyMint Teatox
Earning a not-glowing rating of 2.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com, the vast majority of the negative SkinnyMint reviews are brutally candid. Looking at the most recent couple dozen 1-star ratings, there’s the ubiquitous “waste of money” gripe and the “does not work” complaint; one-liners from unhappy customers. 
And then there are the more detailed reviews that explain their experiences, and I find those types of reviews more illuminating and helpful.
Like “Brittany Anderson,” who posted a couple of months ago.
I was so excited to try this product for bloating and my anxiety, which it claims it helps. What an absolute lie. I’ve tried “detox” teas for bloating before and the worst that happens is well, nothing. This one the other hand made me so sick I almost had to leave work early. About 7 hours after the night tea I had severe stomach cramps and explosive diarrhea to the point where I became dehydrated. The stomach cramps continued all day and I was so bloated it physically hurt to move. I drank a ton of water and bland foods and by the next day I was back to normal. The symptoms were so awful I thought maybe it was actually the flu and not the tea. Wrong. I tried the tea one more time and had the same horrendous symptoms. The ingredients do have ‘laxative’ effects but they should not be causing this much chaos! I followed the instructions to a T and live a healthy lifestyle. I just wanted something to help with bloating and instead this made it all worse. On top of that it caused severe acne as well. Tons of blackheads and pimples showed up on my normally clear skin. Teas do not ‘detox-’ your body does that naturally so this seems like a giant gimmick and it’s so expensive! They also do not refund your money if the bag is opened or if you have bad side effects. Terrible company and terrible customer service. 
Was Brittany’s experience a one-off?
Of 106 reviews, 37 percent gave it one star and almost 20 percent were generous with 2 stars; a handful told stories that sound like Brittany’s, including “Giovanna R. Gerace,” who also said the side effects were horrendous and questioned the tea’s efficacy and high cost:
This is an overpriced tea. I have tried other teatoxes and this is the first to make me sick. The morning boost tasted good, but you can get the same benefits from any other type of green tea. The evening tea made me extremely sick causing period-like cramping and severe nausea. When I tried to contact the company in regards to this, they approached it like I was brewing it incorrectly. I have been drinking tea for years and it’s not very complicated. I did some research and the one ingredient that is different from other teas is the senna. I couldn’t even complete the teatox because of how sick it made me. Since this is considered safe, I never thought that one ingredient could cause pain. I just wanted a tea to help alleviate my bloating. 
And as it turns out, as you scroll through the 1- and 2-star reviews the refrain is similar: the SkinnyMint Teatox, instead of helping people feel less bloated and feel slimmer, did the opposite.
But it wasn’t all bad.
“Bettye J. Smith” says she loves it and it works as advertised.
I am about to place my second order. Although the reviews are mixed, I love the way the product tastes and makes me feel. It definitely reduces my appetite, cravings and gives me energy. I am on day 15 and I can feel the results already. I will admit, it does seems to give me gas but a Pepcid cleared that issue up right away. 
And then there are celebrity endorsements which, when made by big names, sure can help a brand. In 2015, Kylie Jenner hawked SkinnyMint Teatox on her Instagram, saying it was “…such a great natural detox tea program for this summer. I need to get healthy again! Who’s joining me? #SkinnyMint #DareToBeGorgeous.” 
I am convinced that Jenner—famous for being famous—was a great get for the brand. And with her sister—supermodel Kendall Jenner—doing the same promos, the brand became famous as well. Whether it works or not wasn’t particularly important, I suppose, given the actual ratings by users. And I’m not including the testimonials from the SkinnyMint “Love Board,” which is likely pretty biased; I don’t expect they’d allow a bad review to stand. 
The SkinnyMint “Real Reviews” page appears convincing, but you be the judge. I am dubious. 
Oh, and they have an “Influencer” program—so if you’re a popular blogger, tweeter, or other social media-er with thousands and thousands of followers, you can get free product, endorse SkinnyMint, and get paid. Another reason to be dubious of this product, for me anyway. 
The Bottom Line: Is SkinnyMint Teatox Worth a Try?
Definitely Not. Some teas may aid digestion, which in turn frees up some energy to fuel that metabolic process of detoxification. But it’s only as good as the healthy diet you are already consuming—meaning no refined, processed foods, no junk, no added sugars, no bad fats, no fast food; you get the idea. Because just drinking a tea, even one with some caffeine and antioxidants, won’t cut it. It won’t harm you, but could cause some pretty nasty gastrointestinal side effects. Plus, any weight you lose is likely water weight, simply because you may be flushing salt and retained fluids. Or supposedly that’s what it does, because we know some reviewers say it makes them feel more bloated. Go figure.
So I say, don’t bother. Buy a good green tea, add lemon, and voilà, there you have it.
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