Natural Remedies for Losing Weight - Cascara

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					Natural Remedies for Losing Weight - Cascara

Cascara Sagrada (also called Sacred Bark, Bitter Bark, Chittem bark ,
California Buckthorn and Rhamnus purshiana) is a common ingredient found
in natural remedies for losing weight. A strong stimulant laxative, it
needs to be used with a great deal of care because it can leech potassium
and sodium from your body. Of interest, the bark of the tree is removed,
cut into small pieces, and dried for one year before being used
medicinally.

Spanish priests in California named the tree Cascara is harvested from.
It's name origins may either be from the medicinal properties of the bark
or from its resemblance to wood used for the ark of the covenant.

Most Doctors will advice you that Cascara should be taken consecutively
for no longer than eight to ten days, so you need to very carefully read
labels when considering a natural remedy for losing weight that contains
cascara. If pregnant or nursing, you must also use this with extreme
caution.

It seems the main raison d'etre of this herbal product is to promote
bowel movements, so how does it figure in today's natural remedies for
losing weight? Many of the products being marketed that have Cascara in
them are packaged with other products to supposedly give you a lean look,
help you become a fat burning furnace and so forth. This is precisely
this thing you need to be careful of when you read labels.

If you find yourself reading a label that has Cascara, psyllium husks and
Senna(all bowel movement enhancers), and Valerian (for sleeplessness) and
an appetite suppressant, and a whole list of other ingredients, head for
your Pharmacist to translate for you. It may be that using a product
like this helps you lose weight because you are continually expelling
what you do eat with the aid of bowel stimulators. Not a healthy way to
lose weight.
While Senna, Cascara, and Aloe are authorized for oral use as laxatives,
they are also way too often promoted for detoxifying or cleansing
regimens. There are serious risks with the chronic use of laxatives or
combining multiple laxatives together. These can include the risk of
electrolyte disturbances affecting the heart, as well as functional bowel
problems. Use caution when investigating herbal substances for weight
loss.

				
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