Laxatives are drugs that relieve constipation using loosening stools or inducing a bowel motion. Few laxatives also are used before bowel techniques or examinations. Laxatives come as pills, tablets, drinks, foods, gums, suppositories, and enemas and are available in market and pharmacies without a prescription
Types of Laxatives
Osmotic and Hyperosmolar Laxatives
Laxative Side Effects
Cramps, diarrhoea, feeling sick, bloating, gassiness and abdominal pain are the main side effects which can be caused by Laxatives.
This happens when a person takes more laxatives than recommended. This is really dangerous and serious and can cause life threating complications such as:
- Electrolyte and mineral imbalances
- Severe dehydration
- Laxative dependence
- Chronic constipation
- Internal organ damage
- Increased colon cancer risk
Laxatives for Weight Loss
This is one of the most famous and used ones. Every third person is facing fat and weight problem and wants to get rid of it quickly. Laxatives for weight loss have been very effective, but it is also said that this can be dangerous as well.
h3>Who Cannot Take Laxatives?
Those people who have a gut blockage, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis should not take laxatives. They should contact doctor first then use it as advised
It is also possible to control and do things laxatives do without using it. Doctors and experts recommend trying some things before you plan to start laxatives.
- Eat High Fibre Foods ( Vegetables, Fruits )
- Drink Plenty of Water
- Exercise DailyNatural Laxatives
Some of the doctors advise using natural laxatives rather than medicines or pills. The foods which make the best laxatives are:
- Aloe Vera
- Chia Seeds
- Leafy Green Veggies
- Coconut Water
- High Fiber Fruit (Apples, Pears, )
Laxatives should be handled carefully while using. First suggestion is if you are using it then there is a lot of chance of getting dry from inside. To overcome this make sure you use a lot of fluid while using laxatives. You should use more than 2 liters while using to not to face dehydration.
Second suggestion is not to use it too much. It has side effects which can lead to diarrhoea. More you can lose a lot of salt from your body as well.