Katy Perry is known for more than just releasing catchy pop songs to fuel your summer soundtrack. Recent reports say she also has a bit of unconventional health advice, and fans are equal parts fascinated and grossed out.
Celebrities love to share their weird wellness tips. Who could forget the memorable time that Gwyneth Paltrow extolled the wonders of vaginal steaming, which no one had ever heard of before? Even Chrissy Teigen was game to give it a try.
Now Katy Perry is advocating for a more mainstream form of cleansing that’s receiving just as much buzz. There’s just one problem — according to some medical experts, Perry’s preferred method isn’t exactly healthy.
Katy Perry has been getting ‘lots of enemas’ lately
The health method in question is enemas, which Katy Perry said she’s been enjoying a lot recently. During an interview with an Australian radio show, Perry discussed her new obsession.
“I’m kind of into those type of things, like health and healing places and self-betterment places,” she said. “Especially as you get older and you have longer hangovers, you realize the cells in your body are dying.”
She went on to explain that she’s been following a practice called Panca Karma, which she said entails, “Ayurvedic eating and cleansing” and that “You do lots of enemas.” She said she followed the program for 21 days to help promote “optimum healing conditions.”
Fans are willing to follow Katy Perry no matter what
Perry is really into enemas, apparently. She said: “You definitely feel more energy.”
“It basically like gets all the crap out of you, every pun intended. There are ancient ways to heal yourself besides just taking a pill, which is something I always love to investigate.”
They might be a little grossed out, but some of Perry’s fans — who call themselves KatyCats — are willing to give it a try if their beloved songstress is so impressed by the results. However, health experts warn that they should do so with caution.
Unnecessary enemas could be harmful
While some people need to do enemas for medical reasons, such as patients preparing for a colonoscopy, most average people don’t really need to do enemas and may even have negative effects from doing them too frequently.
What exactly is an enema? It’s the process of pumping water or other liquid through your rectum and into your large intestine to flush out waste. The procedure can be beneficial for severe constipation, too.
The problem with too many enemas is that it can burn your colon or even perforate the lining of your intestine. Also, they’re not medically necessary for most people. The human body is designed to eliminate waste naturally and typically doesn’t need help doing so.
Taking medical advice from celebrities is usually a bad plan
Of course, some people need enemas, and doing them every once in a while won’t hurt you. The main thing people shouldn’t do is rely on celebrities for medical advice.
If you think you need an enema, talk to your doctor first and discuss your concerns. And it’s probably best to leave Katy Perry out of the conversation when you do.