Katy Perry is trying to her ‘Teenage Dream’ alive in a somewhat unconventional way.
On Thursday, in an Australian interview, the 34-year-old singer revealed that she is getting older and her cells are dying so she has started practicing enemas, what she calls as an “ancient remedy,” to stay young.
Perry said, “I’m kind of into those type of things, like health and healing places and self-betterment places. Especially as you get older and you have longer hangovers, you realize the cells in my body are dying. I did this thing called Panca Karma…you do lots of enema.”
Explaining the potential benefits of getting enemas, she said, “You definitely feel more energy, it basically like gets all the crap out of you, every pun intended.”
However, her strategy to use this type of treatment is not really smart.
For those who do not know, enemas are the “injection of a liquid through the anus into the large bowel,” according to the US National Library of Medicine.
One of the most popular reasons people often get enemas is to cleanse the colon, a therapy some believe that it removes toxins, aids weight loss, and improves the absorption of nutrients, among other things.
Unfortunately, there is some bad news for Perry. There is no scientific evidence to support the benefits of getting enemas.
Dr. Ranit Mishori from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, told Health, “I think people are constantly looking for ways to feel better, and there’s a psychological component to wanting to cleanse yourself and get things out of your system, so to speak. But that’s already being done, very expertly, 24 hours a day, 365 days a week, by the kidneys and the liver; it’s why we have bowel movements.”
Dr. Mishori was part of a 2011 scientific study that was published in The Journal of Family Practice. She concluded, “Doctors should advise patients that colon cleansing has no proven benefits and many adverse effects.”
She explained that enemas could cause harm and irritate the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract, potentially increasing the risk of colon infection
Dr. Mishori said she “can’t imagine why a healthy person would want to do this” even if enemas did not pose health risks.
In her interview, Perry said, “Orlando is very all about that kind of new age of living…today we are actually on a little bit of a health kick because we ate so many croissants when we were on vacation,” adding that they are currently “eating fruit and apple cider vinegar and later I may have a vegan meal.” Later, she clarified, “Probably tomorrow I will have an In-N-Out burger.”