What is TikTok’s ‘internal shower’ viral trend? Does it really work?

TikToker drinking internal shower

TikTok users are going viral trying the popular ‘internal shower’ recipe, with videos showcasing the trend garnering millions of likes and views from curious users, but what exactly is an internal shower and does it really work?

TikTok is a great place to scroll through and find content for almost any category, including health and fitness, as well as food and drink.

Often these two worlds collide, as creators share their favorite recipes that they claim will have certain health benefits, be it weight loss or something else.

The latest recipe to take the app by storm is called “internal douche,” and as the name suggests, this is a drink that some TikTokers say is supposed to relieve constipation.

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@jacvanek Trying the chia seed douche so you don’t have to. #internal shower #constipation #IBS #travelhack ♬ Dua Lipa – Jack Harlow

To make the drink, people add two tablespoons of chia seeds to a glass of water and then squeeze some lemon juice. Then they mix it all together, wait five to ten minutes and drink the interesting concoction.

Does the internal douche recipe work?

Several users have reported that it did help with their constipation, however some experts have warned people not to jump on this trend too quickly.

speaking to Yahoo nutritionist Signe Svanfeldt said: “The ‘douche’ could help aid bowel movements, although it’s not certain that constipation will be relieved by drinking it.”

She went on to say, “Consuming chia seeds and water is safe unless you are allergic or have any underlying conditions that you are sensitive to eating seeds. However, too high doses of dietary fiber for those who are not used to it can have the opposite effect and cause stomach upset, constipation and bloating.”

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@drlindseyschmidt internal shower? Is it worth helping with constipation? #internal shower #constipation #IBS #travelhack #swelling ♬ Music for a Sushi Restaurant – Harry Styles

The inner shower tag on TikTok has nearly 50 million views, with more creators posting their reactions to the drink every day.

A coffee and lemon “weight loss” drink has similarly gone viral on TikTok in the past, however experts have called the drink’s trend “nonsense”.