10 TikTok Health Trends Worth Trying and Avoiding

10 TikTok Health Trends Worth Trying and Avoiding

TikTok has exploded in popularity over the past few years, becoming a platform where people share everything from dance routines to cooking hacks. Alongside these entertaining videos, TikTok has also become a hotbed for health trends and wellness tips. Users turn to the platform to share their experiences with various health hacks that claim to offer remedies for everything from lowering inflammation to restoring your sense of taste. But how legitimate are these claims, and should you consider implementing them into your daily regimen?

According to Balanced by Monica, caution is advised when it comes to TikTok health trends. “It’s not necessarily coming from a reputable source,” Monica warns. “A lot of people who don’t have strong backgrounds are putting out their own opinions on health and wellness.” Therefore, it’s crucial to approach these trends with skepticism and seek advice from trusted healthcare professionals before making any significant changes to your routine.

  1. Chlorophyll water: Some claim that adding liquid chlorophyll to water boosts antioxidants and reduces inflammation. However, the scientific evidence supporting these claims is limited. It’s better to consume whole vegetables rich in chlorophyll for overall health benefits.
  2. Burning oranges: Burning oranges to restore your sense of taste, especially after experiencing COVID-19-related loss of taste, lacks scientific reasoning. While it may enhance the olfactory experience, there’s no direct link to olfactory healing.
  3. Nasal garlic: Inserting garlic cloves in the nose to alleviate congestion is not recommended. It can lead to complications, such as getting stuck or inhaling garlic fragments, posing potential harm to the nasal passages and lungs.
  4. Frozen cucumber rolling: Placing frozen cucumber slices on the skin, especially under the eyes, can help reduce inflammation and dark circles. This self-care practice is generally safe and provides a soothing effect.
  5. “Nature’s cereal” breakfast: The trendy “nature’s cereal” made with mixed berries and coconut water may taste great but lacks essential components like fat and protein. As a meal, it may cause blood sugar spikes and subsequent crashes. Including fibre, fat, and protein is important for balanced blood sugar levels.
  6. Hydrogen peroxide for earwax: Regularly removing earwax may not be advisable, as it serves a protective purpose. Instead, consult an ear, nose, and throat doctor if excessive earwax buildup is a concern.
  7. DIY teeth whitening with hydrogen peroxide: Using pure hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening can damage tooth enamel and irritate gums. It’s best to consult a dentist for safe and natural teeth whitening options.
  8. Facial icing for skin puffiness: Using ice or ice cubes wrapped in a cloth to massage the face can help reduce inflammation and promote lymph drainage. It’s a mindfulness practice that can provide relief, especially for acne-prone skin.
  9. Papaya seeds for gut health: Eating papaya seeds to eliminate gut parasites is unlikely to be necessary for most people, especially in the United States where parasites are rare. Overconsumption of papaya seeds can cause stomach upset and should be avoided without proper guidance. Papaya seeds do have other benefits if taken in moderation.
  10. Fire cider or fire tonic for immune health: Fire ciders and tonics made with immune-supporting ingredients like ginger, turmeric, and spices may have some benefits. However, they are not a guaranteed preventive measure against illness and may cause stomach discomfort, particularly for those with sensitive digestion.

Remember, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before trying any health trend, as individual needs vary. Stay informed and make informed decisions for your well-being.

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