Laxatives ? What does it mean?
An antidote or medicine that tends to foster and aid expulsion of bowel is called a Laxative.
In other words, it is a drug/medicine that relieves constipation by loosening the bowel and softening stool.
Variant Categories of laxatives:
Just like other medicines, food items, drugs and liquids, etc. Laxatives are available in different types; which vary regarding characteristics and uses. Let’s have a look here:
- Bulk-forming laxatives:
Such types of laxatives help to gather your stool and bulk them up by soaking water and consoling bowel to push out feces.
Methylcellulose (Citrucel, Citrucel SF)
Psyllium (Metamucil, Konsyl, Reguloid, Perdiem)
- Osmotic Laxatives:
Such laxatives help to soften our stool so that they could quickly pass over by increasing the amount of water in our bowels.
Polyethylene glycol (MiraLax, ClearLax, GaviLax)
Lactoluse (GenerLac, EnuLose, Kristalose)
- Stimulant Laxatives:
Such laxatives boost the movement of bowels by quickening the nerves.
Bisacodyl (Correctol, Dulcolax, Bisac-Evac)
Senna and sodium picosulfate (Senokot,Bekunees dragees, Aspaar)
The century we are living in is very fast. By using the word ‘Fast’ I mean everyone’s busy, everyone’s dealing with so many issues at the same times; whether it be a job, education, family, and social life, etc. Therefore, people tend to work in a way that they could manage all their tasks side by side!
People find short cuts to solve their problems. Everyone’s in a bit of rush nowadays!
When it comes to ‘Weight loss,’ we could easily sense that it’d require lots of heavy workouts, exercise and diet plans, etc. But most of us opt out readily available ways to lose weight. One of them is taking laxatives.
As I have explained earlier, laxatives do not allow food to stay in the human body for longer periods. As a result, we start losing weight. They are consumed in the form of antidotes, medicines, drugs, liquids, etc. We have listed highlighted some of the benefits of taking laxatives:
- It helps to retain fiber in people who have low fiber diet.
- Very beneficial for old ones and pregnant ladies.
- Relieves pain of hemorrhoids.
- Can be consumed after child births.
- Helps to lessen high blood pressure issues.
- Comfortable relief from constipation.
- It helps to clean lower colon
This hassle free solution to day by day increasing weight is ‘Easy’ but not ‘Healthy.’ Let’s have a look on some of the detriments of consuming laxatives, right here:
- Unreliable bowel movements.
- Respiratory issues i.e. difficulty in breathing.
- There’s a caution of desiccation/dehydration.
- Laxatives excrete water from the body rather than fats. Once you stop using them, you gain weight again.
- Urine gets darker.
- Excessive use of laxatives results in body cramps.
Hence proved that laxatives are a short-term solution for weight loss and they do not work as efficiently as expected. One should consider it’s devastating side effects before consuming them and should rather use homemade remedies for losing weight. A healthy life is important than a slimmer body!