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Why You Should Not Take Laxatives

Previously I wrote an article about constipation and listed laxatives as one of the ways to relief colonyourself of it. Now I will tell you why you should not take laxatives. Although it is one of the over-the-counter drugs that you can take without consulting your doctor, however it’s delicate to take any drugs that can lead to serious complications. There are many complications that could arise due to laxatives usage. Some of the effects are:

Metabolic complications

Basically, different laxatives may be accompanied with different issues. The notable effects of bisacodyl (one of the active components of laxatives), on metabolism is critical in patients with renal disturbances. The presence of dibasic sodium phosphate in most laxatives may cause severe hypocalcemia, hypophosphatemia, and hypernatremia.

Laxatives with these ingredients may lead to serious complications in patients with renal insufficiency. However, if these active components are removed from the drug, the negative effects will be eliminated. Yet these components cannot removed from most laxatives because they are the active ingredients, and without them the drug will not deliver as expected. So if you think it’s safe to take laxatives the way you want, make sure you know your health status, otherwise you will end up causing more damages to your body.

Gastrointestinal complications

Laxatives abuse is one of the major causes of severe diarrhea. In many cases, the stool becomes watery and contain fecal leukocytes, which is the common effect of laxatives abuse. This may results in mucosal inflammation and cause serious pain.

Again, laxatives abuse can result in abdominal cramping. Unfortunately, once abdominal cramping is indicated, it does not only shows the side effects of laxatives, but signify that there’s underlying gastrointestinal pathology.

There are other side effects of laxatives and most of them can lead to fatal conditions such as chronic diarrhea, and abdominal distention.

Some laxatives also have hidden components which affect the brush border enzymes.

Alternative treatment of constipation

I must agree that every treatment options is accompanied with one or more issues, however some are more effective and less damaging. Apart from laxatives, other methods of treating constipation are: enemas, and diet modification.

Enema bag

Constipation can be relieved by diet modification. Since diet is one of the causes of constipation, it can also be managed by introducing fruits and veggies into the diet. By eating foods rich in dietary fiber, it’s possible to enhance digestion and bowel movement. Additionally, enemas can relief constipation and at the same time detoxify the body.

These methods are the best because they use natural methods to treat constipation, and they are the safest methods available. unlike laxatives, they don’t have any synthetic chemicals.


Foods To Relieve Constipation

Constipation is one of the common experience anyone can have at some points in there life. It is likely that  fruits and vegetables constipation occurs due to some changes in the body’s physiology, and sometimes due to the types of food we consume. Generally, low fiber diets and refined foods are much likely to contribute to the onset of constipation. So if the onset can be due to certain food we eat, isn’t it possible to relieve it with other types of food? Not only that we can relieve constipation with food, we can also improve the general well being. While some foods just contribute bulkiness to the body, there are some that help improve digestion and elimination of waste. If you have been looking for foods to relieve constipation, then you need to read on.

It is very important that you limit your consumption of some foods. If you don’t understand the effects of certain types of food in the body, it is possible you contribute to bulkiness. Many people wish to achieve a moderate and sporty shape, however, their ignorance of different components of food lead them to something else.

Foods that help to relieve constipation are mostly those that the body cannot digest due to the presence of some macromolecules. The digestive system have the capacity to process some food efficiently. However, the body lack some enzymes that help to degrade certain foods. For instance, cellulose, which is the major component of plant cells cannot be digested in human body. This is because humans lack the necessary enzyme. Below are some foods that can improve digestion and elimination of waste.

Fiber rich foods

There are many foods that are rich in fiber and all of them can improve digestion and help you to relieve constipation. Fiber retains water in the digestive tract and soften the bulk. It facilitate the easy passage of stool from the intestine to the colon for elimination. Most refined foods devoid fiber, hence they can increase the chance of constipation. Adding fiber rich foods to your diet plan can help you say good bye to constipation. Lest I forget, excess of fiber can cause slight bloating and diarrhea.


fruitsFruits are some of the foods that contain fiber. Like I said earlier, fiber is a component of plant cell so it is not in the fruit juice, but the shaft and the succulent part of fruits such as oranges, apples, watermelon, pineapples, and so on. on no condition should you substitute fruit juice for whole fruits. Add one to three servings to your daily diet plan and say good bye to constipation.




Much like fruits, vegetables also improve digestion. They are very rich in fiber and they improve Veggiesdigestion. Vegetables also have nourish the body with essential nutrients. They don’t only enhance digestion, they supply the body with nutrients that are needed for proper functioning.


There are uncountable of vegetables to choose from. However, it is important that you make organic products your priority. Cabbage, chard, spinach, and kale are green leafy vegetables that help to relieve constipation.