Our packaging does state that ‘use in children under 12 is not recommended’ these warnings are mandatory on all labels of listed herbal medicines Australia. This is a product and program designed for adults.
If you are under the age of 18 years we request parental permission to purchase our products containing our Evening Cleanse Tea, this is included in our SkinnyMe Teatox. We also do not recommend taking the Evening Cleanse Tea if you are under the age of 18 years.
Our Evening Cleanse Tea contains Senna leaf, which can produce a mild laxative effect. This is not recommended as your body is still developing.
Further information on why those of a younger age, should not consume the tea, can be found below.
Senna is a laxative herb. Except for bulk laxatives ( eg fibre, psyllium husks, flaxseed), all herbal and many synthetic laxatives all work in the same way: they stimulate the intestinal wall cells to release extra water and electrolyte minerals into the gastrointestinal tract. Normally water and electrolytes are reabsorbed by the intestines, however, the laxatives prevent this. The water increases the volume of waste matter passing through the gut, which stimulates peristalsis: the wave-like muscular action which pushes the wastes out of the body.
The water does the work; however, the electrolyte minerals are lost in the waste matter. This is the reason why laxatives are meant to be used only in the short term. Used constantly for long periods of time, they will cause mineral deficiencies and potentially illness.
Children are growing and it is very important to make sure they get enough minerals along with vitamins, proteins etc. Adolescents do not stop growing until the age of 18, on average. Teenagers have a greater need for many nutrients, relative to their body weight than adults.
During the teenage years, minerals to support the growth of muscle and bone are crucial. Of the electrolyte minerals, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium are crucial for bone development and strength while potassium is essential for muscle growth. Deficiency of minerals in the teenage years can be serious, as adolescents are still actively growing and have not yet developed adult reserves of nutrients.
It becomes clear that the use of herbal laxatives (except bulk laxatives) for children and teenagers can cause losses of very important minerals, and should not be considered without the advice of a qualified health practitioner.