Laxatives are drugs, foods, compounds, or herbal preparations or supplements that are used to induce bowel movements.
Laxatives are not usually considered to be part of the true Colon Cleansing treatments, but they may still be used to evacuate the bowels and perform some of the functions of the true Colon Cleansing treatments.
Rather than cleanse the colon, Laxatives are most often taken to treat constipation.
However, laxatives may also be used to evacuate the colon prior to undergoing rectal and bowel examinations, and they are sometimes used in conjunction with enemas.
Laxatives can be habit forming, and this can cause a range of health issues.
- Laxatives should only be used in accordance with instructions on their packet, or in accordance with professional medical advice.
- Taking powerful laxatives can cause diarrhea and greatly increased flatulence.
- Laxatives are often abused by people with eating disorders.
- Laxative abuse is potentially serious since it can lead to intestinal paralysis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), pancreatitis, kidney failure, dehydration, and various other health complications.
Laxatives are foods, compounds, or drugs taken to induce bowel movements, most often taken to treat constipation. Certain stimulant, lubricant, and saline laxatives are used to evacuate the colon for rectal and bowel examinations. They are sometimes supplemented by enemas.
Often, taking powerful laxatives can cause diarrhea, accompanied by massive flatulence attacks, due to the overworking of the bowels. Some people who experienced these side effects produced more than three times the average daily amount of flatulence in just one bowel release. Laxatives are often abused by people with eating disorders.
There are several types of laxatives. Bulk-producing agents, Stool softeners / Surfactants, Lubricants / Emollient, Hydrating agents or Osmotics, and Stimulant / Irritants.