Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Natural laxatives is the way to go.

One way or the other most of us had laxatives and it is best if had through our diet. A healthy balanced diet is able to cure all the problems you always face with junk food. Having a Bowel movement just makes our day go a bit easier, tension free and it is our “feel good factor” in the morning.

Laxatives (or purgatives) are foods, compounds, or drugs taken to induce bowel movements or to loosen the stool, most often taken to treat constipation. Certain stimulant, lubricant, and saline laxatives are used to evacuate the colon for rectal and bowel examinations, and may be supplemented by enemas in that circumstance. Sufficiently high doses of laxatives will cause diarrhea. Laxatives only work to hasten the elimination of undigested remains of food in the large intestine and colon.

How Do They Work
Natural laxative is a term used in case of foods that are rich in soluble fiber. When you eat something, the acid in your stomach breaks it down into two parts - soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is the part that is difficult to digest and is moved into the bowel area, without changing form, leading to a hard stool and thus, constipation. The soluble part, on the other hand, quickly absorbs water and turns into gel-like sponge. As it enters the bowel, it helps in softening the stool. The result is - better and easier bowel movement. Natural laxatives, being rich in soluble fibers, bring the same result.

There are several types of laxatives, listed below. Some laxatives combine more than one type of active ingredient to produce a combination of the effects mentioned. Constipation with no known organic cause, i.e. no medical explanation, exhibits gender differences in prevalence: females are more often affected than males. Not surprisingly, some advertisers promote their brands as being more feminine and thereby tailor their message to the market. The way laxatives function in males and females, however, does not exhibit significant differences.

Some vegetables and foods can be eaten to cure constipation and act as laxatives, although the effectiveness may vary. These include:
Almonds
Aloe Vera
Apple
Beets
Chicken Broth
Chicory
Chocolate
Coconut
Coffee
Carrots
Dandelion
Dates
Dried apricots
Endive
Figs
Flaxseed
Grapes
Hot Tea with Lemon
Liquorice
Mango
Molasses
Olives
Papayas
Parsley
Peach/Apricots
Pears
Persimmons
Pineapple
Plums
Prunes/Prune Juice
Rhubarb
Soybeans
Spicy Foods
Turnips
Walnuts
Watercress

Laxative Abuse
Laxative abuse is potentially serious since it can lead to intestinal paralysis,Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), pancreatitis renal failure and other problems. So stick to natural food.

Laxative gut
Physicians generally warn against the chronic use of stimulant laxatives due to concern that chronic use causes the colonic tissues to get worn out over time and not be able to expel feces due to long term over stimulation. The evidence for this was never too strong, and it was always unclear whether the elongated and poorly moving colon of a patient with chronic constipation was a result of or was just a cause for patients' use of stimulant laxatives. A common finding in patients who have used stimulant laxatives is a brown pigment deposited in the intestinal tissue, known as Melanosis coli.

Thus avoid these problems which you bring upon yourself through unhealthy diet.

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