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