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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.

 

Constipation and How to Relieve

Not until recently I have never thought of constipation as a serious issue. Honestly, constipationconstipation women is as serious as other diseases. People don’t usually take it serious because some “over the counter drugs” can easily relief the pain. However, it remains a major concern in many regions especially among people who depends solely on refined foods, and those whose foods devoid fiber.

If you refer to constipation as indigestion you are right, however we can define the term in a complex and more accurate way. When the intestinal muscle refuse to contract, or the contraction is too slow to enable bowel movement, then the situation is referred to as constipation. Fortunately, there are many ways to relieve constipation.

Probably you know that some drugs (laxatives) can relieve constipation without needing additional treatment. Yet, other effective means of relieving constipation do exist.

Can diet cause constipation?

What else would do if not diet? If your diet is lacking dietary fiber, you’re more likely to experience constipation than someone whose food is rich in fiber. Dietary fiber helps the bowel to retain water for proper digestion and enhance elimination of waste. Sadly, most people doesn’t include fiber in their diet. What could be the reason? Some people consider fruits and veggies as side dishes, so they barely include it in their diet. When you add fiber into your diet you are not only preventing constipation, but enhancing proper digestion and elimination of toxins. If you are not sure which food is rich in fiber, here are some foods you can add to your diet:

Black beans, lima beans, soybeans, pinto beans, kidney beans, and navy beans                     Split peas, green peas, avocado, broccoli, and lentils

                     Papaya and peaches

                     Strawberries, oranges, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries

                     Oatmeal, flax seeds, bran cereal, and brown rice, etc.

Additionally, you need to drink enough water daily. Proper hydration makes it possible for the intestine to contract and digest food with ease.

What if the large intestine/colon is overwhelmed?

Maybe you don’t understand what I mean. When the body is loaded with toxic chemicals and microbes, it sometimes become difficult for food to digest properly. Normally, waste products supposed to pass through the large intestine and discharged. However, when the microorganisms in large intestine absorb the water in the waste, it become hard and difficult to pass. The effect is waste buildup which also aggravate constipation condition.

What can be done to the colon to relief constipation?

The only thing that can help in this situation is colon cleanse. Without proper cleansing and detoxification, constipation may lead to more severe condition and pollute the blood. With colon cleanse the intestine will be free of toxins and beneficial microorganisms will thrive, thereby encouraging proper digestion and easy bowel movement.