Recently, I’ve been teaching you about pseudoscience, which are practices that claim to be true despite not having evidence to back them up. Pseudoscience is a real problem in the health and fitness industry. There are products sold daily that claim to help us get healthier, but in fact do nothing for us. Worse, many can even cause us harm.
I’ve taken up the mission to help educate my followers when I see something promoted that falls under the category of pseudoscience.
This week I found out that on Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Goop” site, she’s promoting a $135 coffee enema. Here’s the link to her site, and a picture of the product.
WHY A COFFEE ENEMA IS NOT A GOOD IDEA
There are many reasons why this is not a good idea. First, of all, using an enema should not be taken lightly. Typically they are a last resort to relieve constipation. They really should only be used under the advise of a medical doctor. There are many other (healthier) ways to relieve constipation. If you have issues with constipation, be sure to bring it up with your doctor.
But constipation is not even the reason why Gwyneth’s “Goop” site is promoting this enema. It’s promoted as a way to “detox” our bodies of impurities.
Besides the fact that you can, ummm… burn yourself from doing this enema with hot coffee, using a product such as this one can lead to dehydration. They can even introduce other bad bacteria into your colon, which can set you up for all sorts of issues later.
WHAT TO DO INSTEAD
Remember, we don’t need to detox our bodies with enemas. Our bodies do a great job cleansing our colons through… ummm, regular pooping 😉. But if you are having issues with regularity, a healthier first step is modifying your diet.
Add more foods with fiber (such as fruits and vegetables), and increase your water consumption. Taking a probiotic may be helpful to add more “good” bacteria to system. Ask your doctor if a probiotic is right for you.
Heck, even DRINKING your coffee may help you be more regular. The caffeine in coffee can have a mild laxative effect in some people.
Please share this email and spread the word on why coffee enemas are a bad (and dangerous!) idea. And of course, if you have any questions about whether a health and fitness product you see on the market is based on pseudoscience, don’t hesitate to reply and ask me.