There’s no denying TikTok’s influence during the lockdown – most of the app’s popular trends have inspired people to try new things. However, if you’re thinking about trying out any viral TikTok health trends, such as dry scooping protein powder or adding liquid chlorophyll into your wellness routine, you might want to think again.
It’s critical to be wary of so-called trends we see on social media because they’re frequently created by people who aren’t properly educated or trained in the field they’re ‘advising’ on. And, without sufficient evidence or credibility, putting them to the test can be dangerous. As a result, I would always advise against following any and instead conduct your own research to determine whether they are safe or not.
Are you still interested in the #HealthTok trends that have taken over this year? You’re in luck: I’ve compiled a list of the most talked-about trends, so you can know which ones to avoid in 2022.
Will dry scooping protein powder help my workouts?
Protein is great for muscle health, and if you eat a protein-rich diet, you should be able to get enough of it. However, if you’re taking protein powder to improve your workout efficiency, it’s best to follow the directions exactly. Taking them ‘dry’ will only increase feelings of anxiety, agitation and dehydration, as well as make your heart beat faster, all due to its amped-up caffeine content. My advice, avoid this TikTok health trend at all costs!
Is ‘proffee’ (protein and coffee) the way forward?
Adding protein to your coffee is completely fine if it works for you – just be mindful of the quantities and make sure you’re not overdoing it if you’re already using something with protein, such as milk.
Can drinking lemon juice delay my period?
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about lemon juice, and this is one such example. There’s no evidence that drinking it can help you delay your period. If you want to do this, hormonal medications prescribed by your GP will be the most effective way to safely postpone your period.
Should I take fenugreek to increase my libido?
Fenugreek is a popular ingredient in Indian cooking, and it is primarily used by women to increase their breast milk supply. However, there have been claims on TikTok that it can help with libido.
Surprisingly, a small study on fenugreek and its effect on libido conducted in India may lend support to this theory. The study included 48 women aged 20-48, with 24 receiving fenugreek extract and the rest receiving a placebo. Additionally, those who took the extract saw a 46.1 % improvement in sexual problems and a 40% improvement regarding irritability among those who had higher sexual dysfunction scores. Those on the placebo only improved by 18.2% in sexual problems and 20.2% on irritability. So, there might be some truth to the rumour that this trendy herb can help boost libido.
Top tip: If you want to give this women’s health supplement a go, try Nature’s Truth Fenugreek.
What are the benefits of taking liquid chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll, which is found in plants, is the ingredient that gives plants their lovely green colour. People on TikTok have been taking chlorophyllin, which is a mixture of chlorophyll-derived salts that claims to boost energy, support metabolism, and immune function. While there is no harm in taking this, you can get an adequate amount of it from your favourite greens, such as kale and spinach. Be mindful of how much of this you consume, as too much may cause stomach aches, cramping and diarrhoea.
What about using garlic to relieve congestion?
I’ll be honest: being congested isn’t fun! However, if you try to use garlic as a natural remedy to help with this by putting it up your nose, you’ll end up doing more harm than good. It is dangerous because it can cause a blockage in the nasal passage and further irritate your nose. Saline sprays are the best way to relieve congestion, and if you’re still having trouble, just see your doctor.
Top tip: If you want to put garlic to the test, why not try it in supplement form? Try Nature’s Truth Odourless Garlic.
How much water should you really be drinking?
Is a gallon of water a day too much? The NHS recommends half a gallon (four pints, or just under 2.5 litres) of water a day, equivalent to around eight glasses. This is the perfect amount to help lubricate your joints and help balance your bodily fluids. Drinking a gallon isn’t unsafe, but I recommend sticking to the NHS guidelines.
So, there you have it: the TikTok health trends to try, and the ones to leave behind!
Read more from Doctor Shireen and Nature’s Truth’s expert panel here.