Our expert says:
While it is stunning that you lost those 25 kg (well done!), it is a pity that you now suffer from chronic constipation and have to take laxatives. The problem with taking harsh laxatives (pharmaceutical and herbal ones) constantly is that you can eventually lose your normal bowel movements. click on 'Food as medicine' and 'Healthy colon' to read about healthy colon practices that could improve your regularity. There are 4 important factors you need to keep in mind: 1) You need to wean yourself of these laxatives and start out by replacing them with a gentle laxative like Fybo-gel. If you do not have a bowel movement every day, don't panic and don't reach for the harsh laxatives. 2) Increase your dietary fibre intake as explained in the articles and make sure that you are having a high-fibre cereal for breakfast with 1/2 cup of boiled, dried fruit. 3) Start going for walks every day for at least 30 min to stimulate your metabolism. 4) Start taking a probiotic such as Bifidoflora every day (buy at health shops or from dietitians).
I do hope that you will regain your normal bowel movements.
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