13 Bizarre Wellness Trends Gwyneth Paltrow Endorses & 6 We Can Get Behind

9. This Might Not Be Safe: Are Trendy Cleanses Dangerous For Your Health?

Soup cleanses get a bad rap from dieticians and nutritionists for being deceitful in their claims to provide enough nutrients and protein. Gwyneth Paltrow favors the soup cleanse advertised on Goop, which combines pureed veggie soups with bone broth and alkaline water. The cleanse is available pre-packaged in one, three, and five-day bundles. Compared to juice cleanses, which are controversial because of their relationship to fad diets and disordered eating, soup cleanses seem to offer more. Meals are savored, eaten warm, and contain fiber – hopefully enough to keep the stomach feeling full. Kim Larson, spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, was interviewed by Refinery 29 with regards to the Gwyneth Paltrow soup cleanse. She says,

“For people who are drawn to doing structured regimens like cleanses, this offers a way to interrupt a cycle of poor eating, like pushing a reset button.”

However, the Refinery 29 piece is largely critical towards the idea of doing a soup cleanse. Why? Because pre-packaged soup cleanses do not tend to contain enough fiber for a balanced diet. Not to mention protein or a healthy amount of calories. Because soups are entirely liquid, they don’t register in the stomach as being filling. Larson also mentions that not being able to chew may trick peoples’ brains into thinking they’re not full enough. While soup cleanses are not advised in either short or long intervals, it seems like the most harm that can be done on a five-day soup cleanse is fatigue and hunger. Try not to feel so guilty about having a piece of toast.

8. Don’t Get Too Excited About This! Crystal Infused Water To Fight Anxiety

It looks cute, sure, but can this rose-quartz infused water bottle relax you, reduce anxiety, and protect you from negative energy? Gwyneth says yes. Skeptics aren’t so sure. When Megan O’Neill was tasked with writing about her experience with the crystal water bottle for Goop, she sang high praise for the positive energy with which the crystal infused her day. She compares the crystal in her bottle to kohl eyeliner, an ancient cosmetic favored by the ancient Egyptians, who were apparently also fans of crystal healing. If it’s old, it’s got to work, right? Interestingly, Live Science explains that healing crystals as we know them are based on traditions borrowed from East Asia. Live Science credits the healing and relaxing quality of crystals to the placebo effect, citing a study in which believers in crystal healing were asked to meditate in the presence of both real and fake crystals. The participants reported experiencing the same effects from both the real and fake crystals. Live Science suggests that crystal healing could be beneficial to those seeking techniques for relaxation – due mostly to the power of suggestion – or for stress management. What people should not do, they write, is forgo medical treatment for alternative therapy. The verdict on the rose quartz water bottle? It would look beautiful on Instagram.

7. Why Are People Unfaithful? Gwen’s Therapist Says They’re Trying To Find Their True Selves

Gwyneth Paltrow and relationship therapist Esther Perel have a really strong business relationship. Dr. Perel is a regular contributor to Goop, where readers regularly seek her input for relationship matters large and small. No surprise there, Dr. Perel is smart. Her couples’ therapy podcast Where Should We Begin? launched her into the public consciousness. Her book about infidelity, The State of Affairs, is set to come out later this year. Gwyneth is no stranger to heartbreak. Her 2014 “conscious uncoupling” from Chris Martin was, according to an interview with People, “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.” While infidelity was not the cause of their divorce, Perel’s body of work can supply a curious person like Gwyneth with a lot of answers. While much of her advice is eye-opening and revolutionary, Perel’s attitude towards infidelity can sometimes be hard to stomach. Perel tells Goop, “I often find that an affair is a form of self-discovery,” and while this might be a very compassionate and enlightened response, it’s hard to separate from the trauma of being cheated on. She goes on to explain further that “they are looking for another version of themselves,” not trying necessarily trying to leave their partners, but the people they have become.

If you’ve ever experienced the heartbreak of infidelity, this response might not seem too apologetic.

Not angry enough. What is compelling, however, is the idea of reframing the discussion around infidelity to be more compassionate and less polarizing. Maybe Perel is onto something after all, and it’s the rest of us who need to come around.

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