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A review of some of Instagram’s most popular health trends

A review of some of Instagram's most popular health trendsSugar Bear Hair The website promises healthier hair with a $30 bottle of 60 vitamins. Basically, these little blue gummies contain biotin, folic acid and a splash of vitamin C to give your locks that “paid-to-post-Instagrams” glow. Sugarbearhair markets their product as a vegetarian dietary supplement through young, attractive women on social media. Do these adult-appropriate Flintstone gummy replacements actually work?

According to reviews on their website, the vitamins typically receive an average of 4.8 out five stars, 99 percent of customers prefer the taste over other vitamins and 94 percent of customers see results after three months. But Amazon.com shows a popular complaint of an increase of cystic acne. It turns out, because the body produces biotin by itself, excess amounts can cause a chemical imbalance—resulting in acne.

Flat Tummy Tea Flat Tummy Tea is supposed to “cleanse your system, support metabolism, reduce bloating and boost energy.*” The important part of that claim is the asterisk at the end. When you follow the asterisk to the bottom of the website, you see this warning: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.” The website is full of gimmicks hoping to relate to female customers, referring to them as “babe” and making up words like “bluggish” for bloated and sluggish. The reviews on the website are 100 percent positive, but highya. com says the results aren’t from detoxification. Instead, they are from a loss of water weight caused by the diuretic ingredients.

FitTea Customers have their choice among the original 14-day detox, a 28-day detox, on-thego FitTea sticks, a chocolate shake version and a fat burner version. Prices range from $24.99 to $100. Website reviews boast the tea helped users lose weight “right away,” but if you read the Frequently Asked Questions, you’ll see the tea is not intended to help drinkers lose weight. Instead, the product claims it will “enhance your weight management program as part of a healthy diet and exercise regimen.” So, you must work out and eat well to lose weight. A very straightforward question in the FAQ tab, “Will I lose weight?” is met with a politics-grade answer: “Weight loss results may vary from person to person.” Hopefully, when you order it you aren’t intending to begin your “weight management” the following day, since the product could take up to 40 days to arrive.


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