Health fads come and go, but not all of them add value to your health and well-being. Some may even pose detrimental health risks.
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Check the Facts Before Buying Into These Health Fads
It is just natural to look for ways to optimize and improve one’s health. When a new diet or health fads come out, it can be tempting to try it, especially when promises involve quick and effective results. Here are some of the health trends that may sound too good to be true:
Jade eggs are egg-shaped gemstones, sometimes referred to as yoni eggs. These solid gemstones are marketed as a tool for vaginal insertion, ideally every day, from a few minutes to overnight.
Claims: Jade eggs benefit banks on the power of healing crystals. Proponents of healing crystals claim that these yon eggs permeate energy and healing properties that help women with repressed trauma, womb renewal, increase sexual energy, and connect women to their feminine energy. It also claims to strengthen vaginal muscles, balance hormones, and curb the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Why You Shouldn’t Try It: There is no scientific evidence supporting the claims of jade eggs for vaginal insertion. Aside from costly, these stones may pose threats such as bacterial infection if not cleaned properly. It is best to consult your OB-GYN regarding your health concerns rather than to rely on marketing schemes.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Current estimates are that one in five Americans are at risk of developing skin cancer in their lifetime. Sunscreen pills may sound like an efficient replacement for topical sunscreens such as gels, creams, and sprays, as advertised by several companies.
Claims: Sunscreen pills are marketed to protect the skin against sun damage caused by Ultraviolet rays.
Why You Should Not Consider It: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers to take precautions before buying into these claims. These pills are advertised by companies, giving consumers a false sense of security through direct or indirect advertising that taking sunscreen pills could fight off sunburn, prevent premature skin aging, and protect from risks of skin cancer. Unlike sunscreen pills, topical sunscreens must pass specific tests before they are sold.
Slimming teas are widely available in the market and often sold as a quick fix to achieve weight loss and “burn fats”. While teas such as oolong and green tea may aid in weight loss, slimming teas usually contain senna leaves, a natural laxative.
Claims: Many slimming teas with laxatives and diuretics claim to boost metabolism and promote weight loss.
Why it is Dangerous For Your Health: These slimming teas are not regulated by the FDA. Furthermore, laxatives’ abusive use may lead to detrimental results such as nausea, cramping, diarrhea, weakened colon, aggravated constipation, and reduced potassium levels. More often than not, the lost weight consists mostly of flushed water weight.
A juice cleanse or juice detox is a type of diet that involves consuming or drinking only juices from fruits and vegetables to lose weight and ‘cleanse’ the body from toxins. Juicing requires squeezing the juices from fruits and vegetables without the pulp and plant fibers.
Claims: Anecdotal evidence suggests that the juice diet is high in vitamins and minerals, provides anti-inflammatory benefits, and improves gut health.
Why It Could Be Risky: Juice cleanse diet is extremely low in calories, which could lead to unhealthy and temporary weight loss. It is also low in protein, an essential macro for building muscles, cell repair, and growth and development. Certain types of juice may increase oxalate in the kidney, which leads to the accumulation of kidney stones.
Colon cleansing, also known as colonics, is a method used for medical purposes such as colonoscopy. These days, colon irrigation is touted as a method to detoxify the body from toxins. This works by inserting a tube into the rectum and streaming water through the colon. In some cases, water is left to sit in the colon for a short time before flushing.
Claims: Advocates of colonics believe that cleansing the colon improves health by enhancing your immune system, removing toxins, and boosting your energy. Furthermore, they believe that toxins from your gut may cause health problems, such as high blood pressure and arthritis.
Why It’s Unnecessary: While cleaning your colon could be a part of procedures such as colonoscopy, it’s completely unrequired. The digestive system and bowel are capable enough to eliminate waste material and bacteria from the body. Besides, colon cleansing may cause risks such as dehydration, tear in the rectum, infection, electrolyte imbalance, bloating, cramping, nausea, and diarrhea.
Several health fads promise fast and effective methods to promote health, detoxify the body, and lose weight. However, these are often misguided and are not supported by studies. While some health fads and trends may work, it is best to do your research or consult your doctor to avoid unexpected health consequences.
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