Yogi Detox Tea Side Effects

Yogi DeTox tea is billed as a gentle aid that helps your body cleanse itself. Product information claims the tea aids your body's two primary filtering organs—the kidneys and the liver. The manufacturer advises that the tea can be used for up to 30 days. If you are pregnant, you should avoid this tea because some of its ingredients, such as juniper berry extract, are not recommended for pregnant women. Other ingredients in the tea can produce side effects.

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Drug Interactions

Yogi DeTox tea can increase or decrease your absorption of drugs or herbs that are taken at the same time thanks to its sasparilla root. Substances that may be increased include bismuth or digitalis glycosides, while elimination of hypnotics would be accelerated, according to the American Botanical Council's "The Complete German Commission E Monographs," by Mark Blumenthal.

Mild Digestive Effects

The ginger root in Yogi DeTox can cause a few mild side effects. Such effects are rare but can include diarrhea, mild heartburn, stomach upset or belching, according to University of Maryland Medical Center. Ginger also can affect blood-clotting ability in your body. If you have a bleeding disorder, don't use products with ginger. If you take blood-thinning medications—even aspirin—consult a doctor before using ginger-containing products, advises UMMC. Advise your medical providers that you use ginger if you are undergoing surgery or going under anesthesia. Also talk to a doctor first if you have gallstones.

Allergic Reactions

Yogi DeTox contains dandelion root and burdock, which can spark an allergic reaction in some folks. Avoid it if you are allergic to daisies, ragweed, chrysanthemums, chamomile, marigold, yarrow or iodine, advises UMMC.

Diuretic Effects

The burdock in Yogi DeTox also serves as a diuretic. You need to avoid burdock if you are dehydrated, advises UMMC. Also talk with a doctor before using products with burdock if you take water pills because it can make the diuretic effects stronger, raising risk of dehydration. If you take medicine for diabetes, you also need to consult a health care provider before drinking this tea because burdock can lower blood sugar. This raises risk for hypoglycemia, advises UMMC.

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