by Melissa Chichester
Digestion helps your body get the nutrients it needs from food, including proteins, fats, carbohydrates, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and water. As these nutrients enter the digestive system, they are broken down and distributed for use.
Unfortunately, this process can slow down and lead to constipation – and when that happens many people turn to laxatives. And although they can be purchased over the counter, there are still important considerations to make before turning to them for relief.
Laxatives are made to help relieve constipation and promote regular bowel movements. They are for occasional use, not daily use. Over-the-counter laxatives usually work within a few hours or overnight. However, results vary from person to person.
Laxatives are common at convenience stores. Here are some types of laxatives you may have seen.
Digestive system disruptions are very common and can happen for many reasons. Dehydration, lack of exercise, certain medications, and not eating enough fiber can all contribute to constipation. If you experience this regularly, it is essential to speak to a doctor about it. In the meantime, here are some lifestyle habits that will help support healthy digestion and regular bowel movements.
Constipation is very common and laxatives can provide occasional relief. Despite being created to relieve constipation, reliance on laxatives may create electrolyte imbalances in the body and lead to dependency. Most importantly, persistent constipation should be evaluated by a medical professional.