The Different Laxatives

I am sure you have all heard of laxatives especially because everyone has seen Dumb & Dumber! But seriously, I am writing this post to shed some light on laxatives because the vast majority of us have dealt with constipation at one point or another, some of us more than others. I want to describe different types of laxatives, and some foods that are used as natural laxatives because NO ONE WANTS TO TAKE MEDICATION.

Here are the different laxatives: bulk-forming laxatives, stool softeners, lubricant laxatives, osmotic-type laxatives, saline laxatives, and stimulant laxatives. (3)

TYPES OF LAXATIVES

-Stool softeners make the stool softer and easier to pass by increasing the amount of water absorbed by the stool. (2)

-Lubricant laxatives allow for softer stools and easier passage by coating the surface of the stool and intestinal lining to keep in moisture (1)

-Bulk-forming laxatives help to form stool by moving through the body undigested, absorbing water and swelling (4)

-Osmotic laxatives help increase the frequency of bowel movements by helping the colon retain water (5)

-Stimulant laxatives initiate bowel movement by speeding up the flow in the digestive system (6)

-Saline laxatives promote bowel movement by drawing water into the small intestine (7)

FOODS THAT HAVE NATURAL LAXATIVE PROPERTIES

-Chia seeds

-Berries

-Legumes: chickpeas, beans, peas, lentils, peanuts

-Flax seeds

-Kefir

-Apples

-Olive oil

-Rhubarb

Short but sweet. Even a little bit of information can go along way to heal your digestive ailments, and whatever else may be preventing you from having a healthier, happier, and more fulfilled life!!

RESOURCES
(1) https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/qa/how-are-lubricant-laxatives-used-to-treat-constipation

(2) https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a601113.html

(3) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/20-natural-laxatives#section2

(4) https://www.healthline.com/health/digestive-health/bulk-forming-laxatives

(5) https://www.verywellhealth.com/osmotic-laxatives-for-constipation-1944785

(6) https://www.verywellhealth.com/stimulant-laxatives-for-constipation-1944782

(7) https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-64063/oral-saline-laxative-oral/details


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