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Natalie Soh, Benita Aw Yeong
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014

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The skinny on detox diets: 2 popular diets put to the test

The New Paper | Natalie Soh, Benita Aw Yeong | Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014

One, two, three: The morning tea is so yummy, reporter Benita made several cups with the same bag (Above) Guzzle: Lemon in juice #2 made Natalie's hunger pangs worse (Below).

Benita Aw Yeong: Tea detox
The expectations:

I'll admit it: Detoxing my system without fasting sounded too good to be true.

I have stayed far away from juice cleansing and other conventional treatments purely because I love my grub too much.

When I saw bloggers boasting about how flat their tummies were after trying out SkinnyMint's teatox, I was sold on trying it out.

I was keen to see if the 14-day process would flatten my midriff as touted and enhance my complexion.

The experience:

The detox kit is a series of tea bags, broken into two categories: The morning boost and the night cleanse.

Users are meant to drink a cup of morning boost upon waking up, and before having anything to eat. The night cleanse is meant to be taken right before you go to bed, after your last meal, every other day.

The laxative effect of the tea is by far its most noticeable effect.

I found myself visiting the bathroom throughout the day more frequently, and the occasional constipation I experienced previously all but disappeared.

In that sense, I felt cleaner. I also slept better and felt more alert for the first couple of days after embarking on the cleanse.

I did not notice any significant change to my appetite. Unlike some Singaporean women, I usually finish my food.

Before the teatox, it was already my habit to drink cups of sugar-free, brewed green tea throughout my day at work. I simply enjoyed the taste.

The morning boost, which tastes light, floral, fruity and pleasant, left me wanting more.

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