Laxatives are designed for the relief of constipation, the definition of which is bowel motions which are dry, difficult to pass, and infrequent. Laxatives should always be used with caution, and are not intended to be used on an ongoing basis. They should be used on a temporary basis only. If diarrhoea results, stop the use of laxatives as it can result in dehydration and loss of electrolytes. Laxatives should work to soften the stool, making it easy to pass, and induce more frequent bowel movements.
Cascara sagrada is an effective laxative which is commonly used to relieve constipation.
Ortisan Fruits and Fibre contains figs and senna for their laxative effects and is available in capsules, liquid, or chewable cubes.
Aloe Pura Colon Cleanse tablets contain magnesium, rhubarb, aloe vera, liquorice, aniseed, and acidophilus.
Vogel Linoforce granules contains linseed, senna, and rhamnus frangula.
Potters cleansing herb tablets contain senna, cascara, dandelion root, and fennel.
Other tips and ideas:
To prevent constipation, it is important to exercise regularly.
Consume a high-fibre diet.
Drink plenty of fluid – 1.5 – 2 litres of water per day.
Never ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.