While scrolling through the internet, many ads of ‘fast weight loss,’ and ‘drop 10 pounds in 2 weeks’ frequently pop up on the screen. Have you ever clicked one? Out of simple curiosity while I was scrolling through Facebook I clicked on the one that claimed I would lose 57 pounds in 3 weeks with their 2 step body cleanse. It took me to a web page that bragged about success stories of Kim Kardashian, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston.
While all of these women look great in the limelight, I had trouble accepting that it could be due to this product the site was trying to push at me by blocking my cursor with every movement. What was this ‘two step body cleanse’ that kept bombarding my desk top with a ‘free 60 day trial?’ The pill bottles that kept flashing at all possible angles of my screen were called Pure Garcinia Select and the Total Body Fresh. The site claimed that by taking both of these I could lose a tremendous amount of weight without even stepping foot into a gym. But what is Garcinia and why is the body reacting that way?
After some research, I found that Garcinia is a small green pumpkin looking plant and its rind is used for making medicine. When taking Garcinia the body experiences severe diarrhea. Unfortunately this isn’t a side effect; this is what it is supposed to do to the body. A lot of the side effects for this drug are still unknown because it has only been around for a few years. What doctors do know it’s that this can cause serious headaches, dehydration, and nausea. Women who are pregnant and breast feeding should not take it.
Next I looked at Total Body Fresh, and this product had some ingredients I recognized. Starting with Acai Berry, Rhubarb Root, Licorice Root and Ginger; the products that were unfamiliar to me were Senna Leaf Extract and Cascara Sagrada. I researched these products and found that Senna is a non-prescription laxative that is usually given to patients before a colonoscopy. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says,
“Don’t use Senna for more than two weeks. Longer use can cause the bowels to stop functioning normally and might cause dependence on laxatives. Long-term use can also change the amount or balance of some chemicals in the blood (electrolytes) that can cause heart function disorders, muscle weakness, liver damage, and other harmful effects.” Next I looked into Cascara Sagrada, which is bark that has been taken from tree that is found in Europe, Asia and Northern America. Healthline Network claims that, “Cascara Sagrada is widely accepted as a mild and effective treatment for chronic constipation.”
Looking at these two drugs, all I see is that you’re supposed to empty your bowels of everything that even tries to settle there. Putting laxatives in your body on a regular basis without a doctors consent can seriously affect the health of your body. Laxatives attack the stomach lining and can cause nausea, vomiting and cramps. Taking frequent laxatives can cause rectal bleeding and damage to intestinal functions. Finally by taking laxatives for an extended period of time, your body will become dehydrated, this can cause dizziness and in most cases, fainting. I suggest you don’t try the latest weight loss pills. Here at HAC we will always be here for you. Can’t wait to see you in class or on a treadmill soon!
Sources: http://www.beautimate.com/bodyfat.php; http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-818-GARCINIA.aspx?activeIngredientId=818&activeIngredientName=GARCINIA ;
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/652.html; http://www.healthline.com/natstandardcontent/cascara-sagrada; http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/weight-loss/taking-laxatives-to-lose-weight-9-possible-consequences.html#b