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!