The singer says she felt energized afterward, but don't add them to your wellness routine just yet.

By Renee Cherry
July 18, 2019
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When Katy Perry dropped her "Never Really Over" music video, she revealed that its hippie wellness retreat vibes were inspired by her own love of alternative therapies. Her latest go-to? A cleanse program involving numerous enemas. (Related: What Is an Enema and Should You Use One?)

In an interview on the radio show Smallzy's Surgery, Katy discussed her love of holistic health interventions. She said she'd recently tried panchakarma at a health retreat. Panchakarma is an ayurvedic five-day treatment involving body treatments, steam therapy, nasal therapy, enema therapy, and dietary changes designed to cleanse the body.

"It stems from India and it's basically ayurvedic eating and cleansing," Katy said of the treatment. "You do lots of enemas." She explained that she had sought it out to address aging. "I'm kind of into those types of things like you know health and healing places and just kind of self-betterment places. And especially as you get older and you have longer hangovers you realize 'oh the cells in my body are dying.'" (Related: 5 Easy Ways to Incorporate Ayurveda Into Your Life)

Katy didn't say anything negative about her enema experience, in fact, she said it had her feeling refreshed. "You definitely feel more energy, and, you know, it basically like gets all the crap out of you, every pun intended," she joked.

In case you're unfamiliar, enemas are a tool used to inject a fluid, often saline water or a medicated solution, into your rectum. They can be used to relieve constipation or clear out the colon and are both used by doctors and available OTC.

If you're thinking about adding them to your routine, though, you should probably reconsider. Although there's anecdotal evidence that using enemas can help you feel lighter and more energetic, there's no science backing that up, and for the most part, our digestive systems naturally clear out waste and toxins, says Niket Sonpal, MD, a New York-based gastroenterologist and adjunct professor at Touro College.

While they can be helpful where fiber and laxatives fail, "enemas are not meant for consistent and prolonged use," Dr. Sonpal says. "They can cause bothersome side effects including vomiting, dizziness, nausea, and diarrhea." (Related: Katy Perry Opens Up About Going to Therapy)

Probs best to skip the enema cleanse, but Katy also mentioned another wellness approach that we can definitely get behind: including a balance of healthy foods and treats in your diet. "When in Rome. If you're going to go to Italy, have some pasta," she said. "If you're going to go to France, eat a croissant. Put some butter on it and put those delicious strawberry jams that they make and that they work tirelessly over, put them on your freaking croissant and shove it in your mouth."

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