The Dangers of Laxatives
Being constipated is a downright horrible condition. On the mild side, being “pooped up” makes us uncomfortable but it can also be downright painful. What’s worse is that some people suffer from chronic constipation due to prescription meds or even as a result of diseases like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chrons Disease or Diverticulitis. Even stress can cause constipation! That’s why so many people reach out to those over-the-counter medications like laxatives and enemas for relief.
But this is what’s dangerous about using laxatives:
Several regulatory bodies recently discovered that some of the most popular laxatives may have been causing bowel problems following long term and regular usage.
How Do Laxatives Relieve Constipation?
Basically, a laxative works as an IRRITANT to the nerves of the colon. Long term laxative use can actually damage the nerve cells in the colon, causing it to lose its natural ability to contract. Laxatives can create a physical dependency. When you stop taking laxatives, the bowel is unable to function normally and constipation will become CHRONIC!
There are two basic types of laxatives:
Stimulant Laxatives (e.g. Exlax, Ducolax, Bisacodyl, etc.)
These medicines work by irritating the lining of the bowel to cause contractions of the bowel muscles which provides some relief from constipation. However, because of the way in which they work they may cause cramping and gripping pains in the stomach which can make symptoms seem worse. Also, if laxatives of this kind are taken frequently, you’re your bowel get’s used to this stimulation, and requires more and more each time to work. In essence, your body becomes addicted to laxatives!
Osmotic Laxatives (e.g. Milk of Magnesia, Miralax, Duphalax, etc.)
This type of laxative works by stimulating the bowel to absorb excess amount of water from the body, which softens the contents and makes it easier to pass. It basically makes diarrhea of the stool for easy passage and it takes many days to work. The danger is that it can cause severe dehydration and depletion of electrolytes in the rest of the body. And, gas builds up during the time you wait for the laxative to take effect (remember, it could be up to a few days), causing bloating and cramping.
The additional dangers of using ANY form of laxative is insomnia, restlessness, severe headaches, heart palpitations, weakened bones, and several other serious health issues.
How to Relieve Constipation Without Laxatives
One of the leading causes of constipation is the build-up of undigested food, impacted fecal matter, or mucoid plaque. Mucoid plaque lines our colon as a natural protection against acidic or allergenic foods or as a natural barrier against anything we swallow that irritates our intestines (laxatives, for example). Even constantly running sinuses contributes to this build-up of mucoid plaque! Over the years this debris in your colon becomes so dense, that it totally blocks passage of waste matter.
The only solution to ridding this disgusting mess from you colon is to clean it out! That’s why we created Ultimate Digestive Health, an all natural 30-Day Internal Cleansing program that will relieve your constipation and even help you lose up to 10 pounds! Many of our customers also report that they feel re-energized and sleep better, too!
A healthy digestive system is critical to your overall health and wellness. After all, Hippocrates – the father of medicine himself knew early on that all disease begins in the gut.
I was really regular for the first 3 days on the cleanse, but then I don’t know what happened. Thiings kind of slowed down. Do you have any suggestions to get back on track? I didn’t change anything and I’m still doing the program. I’m about 1 week in. Thanks.
Thank you for taking a moment and posting your question to our website. There are a few things you can do to help. First be sure you are mixing the fiber into a tall glass of water and drinking 8 oz. of water following. Also, please increase the steep time of the Night Time Cleansing Tea up to 8 minutes. Additionally, it’s very important to drink 8 glasses of pure water in addition to any other drinks you have during your day and to make sure you are eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables to help increase your fiber intake.A few more tips to improve digestion: Eat smaller more frequent meals at regular intervals throughout the day. Drink warm or hot liquids at meal times to help speed up digestion. Watch portion sizes – overeating causes indigestion. Relax while eating your meal – stress or rushing slows down digestion. Practice good posture – hunching creates pressure on digestive organs. Don’t eat late at night- our bodies naturally slow down, so does digestion. Take a brisk walk after eating- this jump starts your digestive system. Try a spinal twist -Spinal twists allow excess toxins in the digestive system to be released, which can have a calming effect on the body. While in a cross-legged sitting position, slowly turn to the right and hold while taking five deep breaths, then repeat this process on the left side.
I just want to say a big thank you. I have tried several cleanses and they have not worked for me
Yours was a last straw. I was up late one night cruizing the internet and found your site.
I ordered your colon cleanse and went for the 90 day supply. Hoping and praying that it would work.
I started it the day after it arrived and am I ever glad I did. the first couple of days I was a bit bloated and uncomfortable after that everything started moving and I feel great.
It is very easy program to follow and would recommend it to anyone that is not quite regular like me. I have “disfunctional bowel syndrome.” but no more, I will be buying this again.
thank you so much
Thank you for posting your 90 day cleanse success to our website. Congratulations on finishing your cleanse, I’m sure you feel much lighter and healthier now !
We recommend using the Internal Cleansing Fiber for as long as you want, after you finish the program. You can purchase it separately, through our online store at : http://www.ultimatelifespan.com/store/
We also recommend following up with the complete Ultimate Digestive Health program every 12 months. It’s very important to remain on a healthy , high fiber and low fat diet and get plenty of exercise. To aid in digestion it is important to stay away from all junk foods, fast food, fried foods and microwaved meals. These all tend to collect inside and slow down your digestive system. Avoid refined sugar and try to eliminate all foods made from white flour, such as bread and pastas. Desserts should be fruit. Eating lots of organic, raw fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber are important for overall colon health, but especially important during a cleanse. They also contain vitamins, minerals and enzymes which are necessary for a healthy body. Lean meats such as fish or chicken, raw nuts and seeds, and beans or lentils are the best choices for protein requirements. Be sure to continue to drink lots of purified water throughout the day, and not coffee or sodas. You need at least 64-75 oz of water daily. You can add lemon or lime juice to your water.
I’d really like to do an anti-parasite cleanse as I’ve recently come off my levothyroxine (I have an auto-immune disease called Hashmotos thyroiditis) and am beginning a natural ‘get my thyroid back to health’ program soon. I’ve read that 9 times out of ten auto-immune diseases are due to parasites..just to query Alisha’s post about senna tea..I understand that we shouldn’t use senna for more than 7 days at a time so is it safe to drink the cleansing tea daily for as long as 3 months? I’m a little confused. Also it’s good to see that your anti-parasite support capsules ‘don’t’ contain wormwood!!
Thanks in advance.
Thank you for your question! Nighttime Cleansing Tea contains senna. It is designed for periodic cleansing. Long-term continuous use of senna products is not recommended. After the initial cleanse, we recommend using Nighttime Cleansing Tea for no longer than 7 days at a time. Do not use it with diuretics and heart medications. Nighttime Cleansing Tea should not be used by pregnant or nursing women or children under 18 years of age.
I am in my second month of doing your amazing colon cleanse (absolutely loving the increased vitality, reduced joint pain, improved mental clarity, etc, etc, I could keep going on!) and have just read this post about only consuming the for 7 days at a time. Can you please clarify this? How many days break do you recommend before commencing another 7 days? In my literature that came with the kits it only recommends taking a 5 day break from it and the ahti parasite support before resuming for the remainder of the 30 days. I’m confused!!
Thank you for writing in and for sharing your experience! We are glad that you have had great success with the Ultimate Digestive Health Colon Cleanse and continue to use it long after you have completed the regimen. To your concerns, after completing the first 30 days, we recommend that you stop taking the Ultimate Anti-Parasite Support capsules and stop drinking the Ultimate Nighttime Cleansing Tea for 5 days. Continue taking the Ultimate Internal Cleansing Fiber as usual. On the 6th day, you can once again begin taking 4 Ultimate Anti-Parasite Support capsules each morning and drinking the Ultimate Nighttime Cleansing Tea before going to bed. As needed, repeat this 30-day process for up to 90 days. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!
Hello Some time ago I ordered 30 day cleanse and forgot about it till recently was wondering if the anti-parasite cleanse would get rid of pin worms, had a case of it and had some medicine from the doctor and it didn’t work and remembered I had this in my food closet, and decided to do the whole cleanse as I had it anyway, I’ve noticed a difference since I started it and wondering will the 30 day cleanse get rid of them or will I have to do another, I’ve not noticed any other parasites so far, but have really liked the cleanse I do feel much better. Also what kind of foods should I be eating I try not to eat processed foods but have been doing fruit and veg juices and smoothies, then all of a sudden is when I noticed the pin worms. Will be waiting to hear from you, and would like to know how often or how long I should do the cleanse. Thank You
Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Parasitic worms can enter the body through food, water, mosquito bites, clothing, skin or through the nose. Most commonly these worms enter the body as a result of poor sanitation methods, such as through poorly cooked meat or contaminated water. Once the worms have entered the body they live inside the digestive tract or spinal area and feed on the food eaten by the host.
Because of this, people who have been infected by parasitic worms are often tired and fatigued as the body is not properly able to absorb nutrients. You may have felt this way in the recent past. The signs of parasitic worms in humans are varied. They can cause fatigue, depression, weight loss, constipation, anemia, skin rashes, headaches and diarrhea.
Considering you have passed a parasite, you should consider a follow up treatment in 30 days to kill any eggs or larvae left behind by adults.
We recommend everyone start with a 30 day cleanse, however for moderate to extreme cases of infestation we recommend a longer treatment.
Everyone should follow up once a year after their initial cleanse.
Furthermore, you should also visit your doctor and get tested in order to be certain that you are no longer infected.
Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!
Hi ! I am on the 30 day Ultimate digestive health colon cleanse, this is my 10 day, the first 4 days I was regular but sins then I haven’t been! I am doing what I need to do I drink between 3 and 4 litres of water a day I have portion control and I work out 1 hour a day 6 days a week resting only Sundays !!! I drink luke warm water usually, after taking the antiparasit pill in the morning I do wait 20 minutes till drinking the fiber I take that with 10 ounces of 100% juice that has no sugar added. plus I am on a sugar and flour free diet this month, so far I have lost 3 pounds 🙂 which is awesome nothing to complain their!!! I would just really like to be regular not just for weight loss but to become healthy I still need to lose a lot of weight, in order to be healthy, so is their something I could or should do different?????
Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us!
Congratulations on the weight loss and you are ever closer to reaching your goals! You may want to increase the steep time of your cleansing tea between 6 to 8 minutes as well as increase your fiber to a full scoop (up to 1.5 scoops, depending on your tolerance and cleansing action desired). There are also some simple exercises you can apply that will not only get you “going” but also ensure that your metabolism does not turn sluggish. Exercises such as walking, good posture and spinal twists seem simple but can spell the difference between a regular movement in the morning or constipation.
Hope this helps, Aganetha! And we wish you success on your journey to better health!
Thank you ! I will do that, is it ok to take vitamins while I’m on this cleanse ???
Yes, it is alright for you to take vitamins while on the cleanse. However, as a precaution, it would be best if you consult with your personal doctor beforehand. Hope this helps!
hello i am suffering from bad breath and tonsil stones occasionally come up from my throat. Its not a hygiene thing. i often brush at least 3 to 4 times a day. Have you ever heard a link between these things, and cleaning the colon. I have heard about the lymphatic system being an issue, do you have any idea how to help with that as well?
Thank you for writing in and for posting your concerns!
Having a clean colon means that your digestive tract is not harboring any parasites and is free of digestive food. This may not be a direct relationship between halitosis and a clean colon however, good digestive health ensures that you also steer clear of acid reflux, constipation, gas and bloating. Among them, excessive burping and acid reflux could play a role in the severity of your halitosis.
Tonsil stones can be caused by a lot of factors and does play a role in giving you bad breath. They are a sign of bacteria or yeast growth in your oral cavity and most times, proper dental hygiene helps ease the symptoms. You may want to visit your personal doctor or dentist to find relief from such symptoms. He or she, is be able to provide a safe treatment method and give you advice on how to reduce the likelihood of tonsil stones and bad breath from recurring.
With regards to its relationship with the Lymphatic System, Yes, there is a relationship. This is because tonsil stones are formed by the accumulation of dead bacteria, undigested food and saliva in the oral cavity. Sometimes, they grow to large sizes which causes discomforts such as recurring tonsillitis, inflammation and sores inside the mouth. As these causes your body stress, an immune response is often warranted and this is where the lymphatic system is triggered. The LS is the main highway which we use to send an immune response.
I thank you again for writing in, Tasha! Make it a healthy day!
I have found that since using the product my eyes are swollen. could I be allergic to any of the products. I am wondering about the tea?
Thank you for writing in and for letting us know of your concern! The discomfort you have described is considered one of the classic signs of an allergy but we have no way of knowing for certain if it is from the Cleansing Tea or from Ultimate Digestive Health, itself. However, we do suggest that you temporarily stop taking the cleanse and consult with your personal physician in order to get properly diagnosed as well as to seek relief from your discomfort. You can continue or complete your cleanse as soon as you have been cleared by your physician. We do hope you start feeling better soon, Lynne! Make it a healthy day!
Hi, I’m on my 12th day of the 30-day colon cleanse. I’ve noticed that I am not necessarily regular. Some days I will have a movement or 2 in the morning, but other days I can’t go at all and feel constipated. I’ve been following all instructions and even steep my tea for up to 20 minutes to achieve a stronger result. Is this just because my body is still getting used to the cleanse?
Also, I’ve noticed that I’ve been peeing much more often then usual and more often than not, the urine has a strong oder. I know that I upped my water intake drastically for the cleanse, but it seems like I’m running to the bathroom constantly. I’ve had to pee on this cleanse more than make bowel movements! Is this part of the cleansing process too or just because of the extra water I’m drinking?
Thank you for writing in and for letting us know of your concerns! You can try reducing the amount of Ultimate Digestive Health Fiber you take early in the day. It is highly likely that your digestive tract is finding it hard to move your waste through your body which is why you can move 2x in day, today, but not the next. It is also important to remember that a diet low in oils and fats can slow down bowel movement due to the lack of lubrication. While this is generally a good effect, it in turn causes the stool to harden and compact.
As for the strong odor and frequency of your urine, the tea has a mild diuretic effect and the increased water intake all play a role in increasing your urine output. As long as you urinate regularly without any discomfort (pain or swelling around the area), it is fine. However, the moment it becomes difficult or painful to urinate, please see your doctor immediately as it could be a early warning sign of an unseen medical condition.
To help, you may want to decrease your fiber intake and increase the amount of healthy fat in your diet. Healthy fat, such as those derived from fish and vegetables can help lubricate your stool and stimulate peristalsis along your lower intestinal tract. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!
I have suffered from Paramycium & Balstocystis Hominus ever since visiting India 23 years ago, It has been an ongoing battle which has destroyed my vitality. I used your product already twice in the last couple years and it’s helped me so I am ordering again. The question- I am afraid I’ve become totally addicted to laxatives, I’ve been constipated since infancy. What can I do?
Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! There is a chance that you may become dependent on laxatives if you have been using these for a very long time (consecutively for months or years). However, Ultimate Digestive Health is only a 30 day program and use of our Cleansing tea (contains Senna) is no more than 7 days at a time. This will not make you dependent on the regiment but the gentle cleanse is effective enough to rid your body of parasites.
One good way to avoid getting constipated would be to eat plenty of leafy vegetables as well as drink plenty of water. Water will help moisten your stool while the fibers from the vegetables will help add bulk to your stool. Also, exercise and movement will help stimulate peristalsis in your bowel making going to the bathroom a little bit easier and more regular.
Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!
Thanks for your automated reply. but as I wrote, I HAVE been using laxatives all my life (I’m 59), so am asking what I can do to get out of that rut…
Thank you for your follow up! Weaning your body from laxatives will take time but it is still possible. We suggest that you fortify your diet with plenty of vegetables be properly hydrated (take in between 2 to 3 liters of water) in order to avoid getting “backed up”. You may also want to engage in an exercise regimen or physical activity which will help stimulate peristalsis in your digestive tract. That said, these change will help you become regular over time but they do take a while for the results to start showing. Hope to hear more of your progress in the future! Have a healthy day!
Most other antiparasite products seem to have wormwood. I wondered why your product does not include it. I would like to know before purchasing your cleansing program.
Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns! Wormwood was taken out of our colon cleanse program because some folks were having a reaction from the ingredient. It tends to be too aggressive and heavy, to the point that some folks with Gastro-intestinal issues tend to have an adverse reaction. That said, the formula in our Anti-Parasite support capsules are just as effective, yet gentler on the system. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!
Thank you for your prompt reply. I now understand why I had a reaction to another product.
I have used your product before and found it very gentle and effective.
I get terrible back pain as gas forms or the feeling prior to a bowel movement. I have had lumbar fusion L4-S1, and also sacroiliac fusion to try to address these pains. I just purchased the 30 day cleanse, with the hopes of providing relief. I first saw your product in a discussion about the cleanse helping reducing bloating etc… to help lessen the pressure on the the spine and spine muscles. I am hoping this helps.
I take the following medications:
Avapro, Hydrochlorothiazide, Diltiazen, Folic Acid, Pantrazole, Flonase, Lyrica, and Norco. I take Ducolax to help constipation.
Will the cleanse fiber, tea etc… cause me any complications with these medications.
Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! We formulated Ultimate Digestive Health to be safe, non-addictive, with few mild temporary side effects. We are not aware of any potential drug or supplement interactions.
That said, if you have a specific medical condition or have concerns regarding a potential drug interaction with Ultimate Digestive Health ingredients and the medication you are taking we do recommend consulting with your physician prior to starting the program.
You can view a list of ingredients by clicking this link: http://www.ultimatedigestivehealth.com/ingredients/
The reason being, while we are confident that our supplements are made of all natural ingredients and are well tolerated, we have no sure way of knowing how your body will react to both the cleanse in tandem with your medications. Your health is of the utmost importance and while we know that our cleanse is a gentle one, we want to ensure your safety all the way. Make it a healthy day!
Thank you for your reply, I will contact my Dr. Have you had contact with anyone that has had similar complaints as mine. If so, did the cleanse help?
Thank you for your reply! At the moment, we are unable to find any records of customers with the same condition who has used our Ultimate Digestive Health Cleanse. However, please feel free to browse our website to get to know our other customers. Hope this helps! Make it a healthy day!
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I do take pain medication that does cause constipation. I take Dulcolax to help manage this. I just received my 30 cleanse kit today, and I plan on starting the process tomorrow. Due to the fact that I am trying to manage constipation, should I alter the directions laid out with the kit, or should i just do everything according to the directions?
Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! Ultimate Digestive Health is a gentle comprehensive cleanse that works to rid your body of toxins and waste build up. For best results, we do recommend that you follow the kit as instructed. The first week on the cleanse allows for your body to adjust to the regimen and you can gauge your body’s reaction before moving forward. That said, we do advise you to drink plenty of water (at least 2L) to help with movement and to avoid getting constipated. Lastly, we do suggest that you first speak with your doctor before getting started with the cleanse in order to avoid any potential discomfort. Make it a healthy day!
I see on other post here that one should not use the cleanse with diuretics. I do take Hydrochlorothizide, which is in the diuretic family. Does that mean I should not use the cleanse at all?
Thank you for writing in! Ultimate Digestive Health mainly works in the gastro-intenstinal tract and will not directly react with your diuretics. However, as you have been prescribed such a medication, we do strongly recommend that you first speak with your personal doctor before getting started on the cleanse. The reason being, while we are confident that our cleanse is a gentle and safe regimen, we have no sure way of knowing how your body will react to both the cleanse and your other medications. Your health is of the utmost importance and while we are confident of the potential benefits our cleanse can impart, we do not want to further aggravate your condition or cause you any discomfort. Make it a healthy day!
Thank you for your reply. I just thought there was a steadfast rule not to use the cleanse if I were to be taking a diuretic, As if it were to be hazardous?
Thank you for getting back us! We completely understand your concerns and apprehension in taking the cleanse. There is no steadfast rule, per se, however, we always remind or encourage our clients to seek the wisdom of their personal doctors before adding a supplement into their diet so that their safety is assured, especially those with medical conditions or take any medications. Have a healthy day!
What approach do you recommend for younger school age children with constipation? The parents are aware of fluid intake and fruit/fiber needs, but x-ray still confirms lots of fecal matter. Can any portion of the detox/cleanse be useful? The doc recommends “fluids and fruits” (to his credit), but so far – not much results.
Thank you for writing in and for sharing your concerns with us! The ingredients in Ultimate Digestive Health are absolutely safe, but the product was formulated for adults. Because of this, we do not recommend giving it to children. To help with digestion, we suggest the following tips. Drink a warm drink (tea or infused water) after a meal. Watch portion sizes as overeating causes indigestion. Relax while eating your meal because stress or rushing slows down digestion. Practice good posture, hunching creates pressure on digestive organs. Don’t eat late at night because our bodies naturally slow down, so does digestion. Take a brisk walk after eating, this jump starts your digestive system. Hope this helps! Have a healthy day!