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					Laxatives for Weight Loss


Laxatives for weight loss" has become a popular catchword of weight conscious individuals. There are
various types of available in the market today. Laxatives are basically medications designed to expedite
bowel functioning to relieve constipation issues. A well-known notion that laxatives help in losing weight
has been floating around. The concept behind the role of laxatives in reducing weight is that they increase
bowel movement. By stimulating the rate of bowel activity, the laxatives prevent the large intestine from
absorbing water and minerals. This means that laxatives conduce rapid movement of food from bowel to the
exterior, before absorption of food can take place. Regular intake of laxatives affects fat absorption in the
body, resulting in diarrhea. The food ingested passes through the body without getting absorbed, thereby
preventing any weight gain. Laxatives are usually taken by people suffering from problems, however, its
application as a method has brought it into the limelight.


Prominent Laxatives for Weight Loss


People are simply flabbergasted by the idea of shedding those nasty extra pounds by consuming tea with
laxative characteristics. Slim tea and dieter's tea are two of the predominantly used laxatives for . These
weight loss products work by assisting the process of toxin removal and assurance of swift bowel
movement, thereby hindering the process of food absorption and maintenance of calorie intake. Slim tea or
"Wu Yi Tea" has been marketed mainly to corpulent women and is a popular weight loss product that helps
shed off the flab. This tea comprises herbal ingredients such as castor oil, cascara, aloe, buckthorn, senna
and rhubarb root, which possess laxative properties. The components in the tea conduce bowel irritation and
frequent stool passage, leading to diarrhea. It is also believed to assist with fat burning, stress relief, curbing
appetite, lowering blood pressure, aiding in digestion and boosting the immune system. Japan's University
of Tokushima School of Medicine conducted a study on Slim tea. They claim that people consuming Slim
Tea had "157 percent better fat burning results" than those who consumed green tea. Dieter's Tea is another
popular and attractive weight loss product available in the market. Dieter's tea and Slim Tea have more or
less the same ingredients and work in the same manner to reduce body weight.


Truth about Laxatives


Many people live with the misconception that laxatives help weight loss and even recommend them to their
friends. However, the truth (bitter truth for some!) is that all laxatives do is cause the body to lose fluid. The
conduced by laxative intake result in loss of large amounts of water from the body. This loss of water
features low body weight when measured, which is why people tend to believe they have not gained any
weight. But the underlying truth is that the few lost ounces of weight is made up by the body within the next
48 hours or whenever water is made available, thus nullifying the weight loss effect. However, there are
some cheeky people who try to outwit the body system by refusing to drink liquids. Such people are
vulnerable to , leading to irregular heartbeats, fainting spells and even death in some cases. As far as the
calorie part is concerned, people who think that calories exit the body along with the water, are in for a
surprise! By the time food reaches the colon, which is a part of the large intestine, calorie absorption has
already taken place. What is exiting is essential minerals, water and unwanted food. Which means laxatives
are not helping reduce the right body weight, not to mention that the weight lost is just a temporary
phenomenon. Read more on .


Side Effects of Laxatives


Sabotaging one's health ignorantly is not cool. Thus, before opting for laxatives to lose weight, one should
be conscious about its pernicious effects. When taken in doses exceeding the recommended one, various
side effects can be encountered such as:
Vomiting
Stomach Cramps
Rectal bleeding
Electrolyte disorder
Dehydration
Chronic diarrhea
Nausea
Fainting Continual intake of laxatives for a great period of time permanently alters the normal functioning
pattern of the digestive system. Chronic constipation and pain ultimately results in removal of the colon via
surgery. The major pernicious effect is the permanent damage caused to the gastrointestinal tract and
osteomalacia. The constant use of laxatives leads to loss of essential minerals from the body, thereby
conducing soft and weak bones, resulting in osteomalacia. Overuse of laxatives for weight loss can also lead
to several such as bulimia, anorexia, compulsive and binge eating. Moreover, consistent intake can also lead
to injury and death. Since most of these laxative products are targeted towards corpulent women, they are
the ones ultimately affected. Herbalists ask women trying to be pregnant to refrain from senna, an ingredient
in these laxative products. Whether or not these products affect fertility or the menstrual cycle is still to be
researched upon. Laxatives are considered detrimental to pregnant women.


Laxative abuse can prove detrimental, which is why it is advisable not to fall prey to the attractive claims
made by these product manufacturers. In fact, these days one has to be alert, as guileful manufacturers sell
these products as bowel cleaning products and conveniently leave out the word laxative. Appropriate and are
the safest and . Read more on


It is important to lose the right amount of weight in the right manner, so as to allow the body to get
accustomed to the weight loss, thereby enabling the skin to regain its prestretched stage and not to get
carried away by people or products promoting laxatives for weight loss.


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