This Viral Constipation Hack Could Be Dangerous

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Also, just because a health influencer’s advice goes viral, like the one above, doesn’t mean it’s backed by science. “Things are more likely to go viral because they’re unexpected and different, which makes them exciting. But there’s a reason why they’re unexpected and different—because they’re unproven,” he said.

For instance, there’s no human research to support the orange constipation hack actually works, said to Dr. Bulsiewicz. “The limited evidence that we have comes from laboratory animals,” he added. “Obviously, humans are a bit more complicated and laboratory research often does not translate to humans, so we have to be careful with it. We simply don’t know whether this works or what the potential risks or side effects may be.”

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