Our expert says:
It is really not a good idea to take these laxatives all the time because even though they are sold as 'natural' laxatives, they can have most negative effects on the body. The worst effect is that they prevent natural bowel movements and eventually your body loses its ability to react normally. If you must take a laxative then rather use something like Fybogel (buy at chemist) which is based on the same principle as dietary fibre which swells up and promotes normal bowel movements. You may have to be patient and give the Fybogel a chance to start working for a few days (don't immediately revert to the other laxatives if you have a day or two without bowel movements). The use of probiotics ('good bugs') can also help to regularise bowel motions. Try using Bifidoforte or Bifidoflora (buy at health shop). If you stop taking laxatives you won't gain weight. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'You are what you eat' and read the 'Healthy GI tract' section for a variety of articles on colon health.
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