We Tried TikTok's Spicy Orange Hack To Poop Instantly. Here's How It Went - Health Digest


There’s a reason behind choosing the three ingredients, according to TikTok user Bethany Ugarte-Cameron. Oranges, a low FODMAP fruit considered safe for people with IBS, contain naringenin, a natural flavonoid thought to have laxative properties. In fact, a 2018 study done on mice and published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine found that naringenin was positively associated with relieving loperamide-induced constipation in the subjects. Loperamide is a medication used to treat acute diarrhea. 

“Cayenne pepper and cinnamon contain capsaicin, which trigger your TRVP1 receptors (located in your mouth and also throughout your body and GI tract) and stimulate your GI tract — making things move through quite fast,” added Ugarte-Cameron in the caption of her post. 

It is unclear why exactly we’re being asked to consume the rind of the orange, but I can only assume that it’s because the orange (well-washed before consumption, of course) contains a higher concentration of fiber, vitamin C, and other plant compounds beneficial for digestive and overall health. Vitamin C has been associated with bowel evacuatio,n while fiber makes you poop by pulling water into your stools and adding volume and softness to it. 

With that said, just because the hack didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else.


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