What do we really know about "Laxatives"?
Okay . . . so how many times have you had to take a "laxative" for a minor constipation problem? Or are you someone that takes them on a regular basis, just to go poop?
Either way . . . let's take today to explore the consequences of this action.
Simply said . . . "Laxatives" are substances (natural or synthetic) people use to help stimulate bowel movements or loosen up stool to ease the passage.
And unfortunately . . . they are even used as a weight loss method. Which normally, long-term use only damaging the bowel!
"Laxatives" work by "artificially" stimulating or "irritating" the nerves in the large intestine. This stimulation makes the intestinal muscles contract and move the stool out of the body. But when used for too long or at too high of a quantity . . . "laxatives" can damage the nerves in the large intestine (colon). And "decrease" the colon's natural ability to contract on its own, which can worsen constipation or cause the colon to rely on a stimulant to poop. NOT GOOD!
Okay . . . so what really happens when we take a laxative?
Well . . . first and foremost . . . "laxatives" remove everything from the large intestine. I mean "everything"!
How many times have I said that the body "can not" function properly without our "good" bacteria because that is our defense system and immune system. Well . . . "laxatives" get rid of and/or "deplete" our "good" bacteria also.
And one of the reasons we are constipation in the first place is "lack of good bacteria".
Do you see the problem with this???
We will never be able to stop taking them due to this vicious cycle.