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Suffering From Excessive Laxative Use? Here Is Why You Must Stop!

Posted on 10 November 2020

Suffering From Excessive Laxative Use? Here Is Why You Must Stop!

Excess of anything is always considered havoc. Be it your favourite dish or excess use of laxatives; both can cause severe damage to your body. In recent years a lot of myths have been attached to the use of Laxatives. These false assumptions have led to a painful condition called- "Laxative Abuse." We are here to tell you why excess use of Laxatives can harm your body beyond repair!

What is a Laxative?

A laxative is a medicine that is used to treat a condition of constipation. It makes the bowel movements easier by softening the stools and stimulating the muscles of the lower intestine. They are generally recommended by a doctor to try out occasionally while suffering from constipation. Still, it is always recommended to not make the consumption of these medicines a regular occurrence in your daily routine.

What is Laxative Abuse?

Laxative abuse or excessive use of Laxative can be a pretty serious condition that needs immediate attention. To best define the term "Laxative Abuse," it can be understood as the repeated use of laxatives to purge food or calories. Many believe that with the help of laxatives, food will pass through the body relatively quickly, which in turn can clear out the calories even before they get absorbed. Some of the popular reasons behind laxative abuse are listed below:

  • Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be understood as either binge-eating beyond the recommended limit or avoiding food to the point of starvation. Evidence of purging and binging or extreme thinness can be accepted as an alarming sign of eating disorders. 

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Eating Disorders can be accepted as one of the biggest reasons behind Laxative Abuse. While on the one hand, if one is a constant binger, getting addicted to pills is a very steep slope that many fall prey to. Binge-eating is a grave issue and on top of it, getting addicted to drugs is very common; the combination of the two can prove fatal and, in this case, turn into a Laxative Abuse. On the other hand, if one struggles with anorexia or bulimia, it is commonly found that such people resort to laxatives to get rid of the food from the body. This obsession leads to fatal conclusions and can also be categorized under Laxative Abuse.

  • Myths related to Laxative as a weight-loss tool

#Myth1     

In today's age, attaining a size zero figure with the perfect hour-glass body is becoming a fatal obsession. This unhealthy image portrayal of the ideal body has led people, especially the younger generation, to believe in the myth that consuming Laxatives can help in the journey to weight-loss. 

#Myth2     

People have wrapped their minds across the idea that Laxatives help quicken the passage of food from the body, which leaves the body with no time to absorb the calories, and hence, the person will lose weight. 

#Myth3     

Plenty of people think that using a laxative frequently could lead to dependence, and therefore the body may adapt to the treatment.


These misjudged assumptions and unhealthy ideals attached to Laxatives have led people to drive themselves into far worse conditions like:

#1 Constipation

While it is true that laxatives are traditionally consumed to treat constipation, in case they are taken beyond the recommended dosage, then they can worsen constipation. Laxatives are known to stimulate the intestines nerves and muscles, making the passage of bowels easier. Still, on excessive consumption, they can damage these nerves and weaken the bowel movement process. This condition is also understood as "Impaired Intestinal Functioning." This can develop into a traumatizing constipation situation that can put you through a lot of pain and probably lifetime damage.

#2 Diarrhea and Gas

Using Laxatives can make one feel bloated and full because these medications are known to trap gas in the intestines. This leads some people to take more of the laxatives to treat the symptoms, and the circle keeps going.

Another disadvantage that comes with the abuse of laxatives is diarrhea. The frequent bowels can irritate the rectum and anus and cause utter discomfort to the person who may continue for several days.

#3 Dehydration

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Unlike what the myth says, laxatives don't flush out the body's calories but do remove water. Diarrhea makes the person excrete out a lot of water from the body. This can lead to dehydration, which can be a severe issue if not treated correctly on time. Dehydration puts the body's organs under a lot of undue stress and can prove to be fatal in the long run.

#4 Electrolyte Imbalance

Laxative abuse can lead to loss of electrolytes like Sodium, Potassium, and Chloride at an abnormally high rate, especially during diarrhea. This can lead to various issues like weakness, or irregular heartbeat, and even sudden death.

#5 Infections

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The intestines' said insides are usually covered with mucus and healthy bacteria that help keep the insides of the intestines healthy and protect it from infections. Excessive use of Laxative strips the insides of the mucus lining's intestines, which exposes the intestines to various fatal infections.

#6 Rectal Prolapse

Laxative abuse can lead to severe chronic diarrhea, which can cause protruding of the intestine's insides through the anal opening. This condition always requires immediate medical attention and can be treated through surgery only.

Laxative Abuse is indeed needed immediate medical attention, or else it may get out of hand. Even though Laxatives are sold with prior usage warning that recommends not to use the medicine for more than a week but since the medication is available over the table for sale, it is easy to exploit the use of this commodity. Therefore, it is recommended to use natural laxatives like herbal tea available at Teatox life, which does not just relieve you of your condition but also leaves a calming and beneficial effect on your body. Here are a few herbal drinks for you to try out for an all-round health upgrade.


Herbal Drink

Benefits

Herbal detox tea

  • Restores balance in your body
  • Improves digestion
  • Eliminate buildup of toxins and impurities
  • Anti-oxidant properties
  • Natural energy boost

Goodnight sleep tea

  • Reduce cholesterol and heart risk 
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, depression
  • Improves the immune system & health
  • Regulates appetite and body fat
  • Regularizes sleep cycle

Green tea for high BP

  • Reduces bad cholesterol
  • Helps increase good cholesterol 
  • Lowers blood pressure level
  • Improves heart health
  • Prevents thickening of arteries

Stress & Anxiety relief tea blend

  • Helps to relax the mind
  • Improves your sleep pattern
  • Gives relief from anxiety
  • Helps in lowering blood sugar

Nothing is worth risking the well-being of your body over, be wise, and stay safe.

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