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5 Gut Health TikTok Trends to Question or Avoid

TikTok has become a growing source of information for gut health. With hashtags like #guttok, #guthealing, #guthealthmatters, and yes, #pooptok, it’s pretty clear that matters of the gut have populated the platform.

While many gastroenterologists and other gastrointestinal (GI) health experts have joined TikTok in an effort to promote evidence-based advice and solutions, most #guttok videos aren’t made by experts in the field. Instead, a #guttok video will often feature a person giving #wellnesstips on how to improve #digestion — or, sometimes, a #guthealing path to #weightloss.

“I think it’s great that people are advocating to pay attention to GI symptoms,” says Yuying Luo, MD, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. But when it comes to claims made in these videos, she says, “Not a lot of them have evidence behind it.”

Sometimes, #guttok content promotes a product for sale — such as a nutritional or probiotic (healthy bacteria) supplement, or what is often touted as a “colon cleanse” or “colon detox” solution. It should go without saying that you shouldn’t trust content that’s trying to sell you something — after all, there is a strong incentive to show that it works miraculously.

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