Is it true that taking laxatives helps to lose weight?

Currently there is a variety of diets that promise weight loss, however, many of them have a high cost, that is, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) they do not have nutritional value, since in their conditions limit the intake of considerably healthy foods. Also, some of them are demanding.

“Emerging research shows that sticking to an eating plan may be more important to losing and maintaining a healthy weight than the type of eating plan a person follows,” she says.

But there is a component that has become relevant to lose weight, and it is the consumption of laxatives, which are substances or medicines in different presentations that stimulate intestinal transit, which according to the United States National Library of Medicine (MedlinePlus) are normally prescribed by a doctor to counteract constipation, but is it true that taking laxatives helps you lose weight?

laxatives and weight loss

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestives and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), constipation “is a condition in which a person may have fewer than three bowel movements a week,” making bowel movements difficult and even painful.

In most cases self-care is the best solution. However, constipation can be complicated, so it is important to consult with a health professionalsince bleeding and other acute signs should receive medical attention.

The loss of nutrients is imminent, such as potassium, which is why it triggers both heart and muscle problems; In addition, the lack of urine production damages the functions of the kidneys, and therefore their functioning.

The intake can be so aggressive that it negatively affects the large intestine and consuming them in order to lose weight can be effective for a while, nothing more, bringing health complications. Besides, It is related to other addictions such as drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

In the list of harmful laxatives are: glycerol, lactulose, magnesium sulfate, castor oil, milk of magnesia, mineral oil, sodium phosphate, among others.

The most relevant signs after the intake of laxatives are stomach pain, diarrhea, bloody stools, dizziness, among others. Nevertheless, there are other health problems that arise:

  • Anemia: the Mayo Clinic explains that “it is a condition in which you lack enough healthy red blood cells to carry an adequate level of oxygen to the body’s tissues.”
  • dehydration: MedlinePlus describes it as “a condition caused by losing too much fluid from the body” and this is because you lose more fluid than you take in and your function is affected.

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