Laxatives VS. Enemas
Feeling constipated, blocked up, bloated? It’s super uncomfortable and can leave you feeling completely miserable right?!
There are many root causes of constipation (poor diet, physical inactivity, medications, stress etc) but when you’re feeling completely blocked up, instantaneous relief is often the number one priority! Emergency! Help me poo!I
If you were to visit your GP or pop to your local Chemist, one of the most common, readily used ‘solutions’ offered are laxatives. There are a wide range of over the counter laxatives on the market that come in liquid, tablet and enema and suppository forms.
So what are the different types?
- Stimulant laxatives – designed to be fasted acting, the “quick fix” to get things moving fast! They trigger rhythmic contractions of intestinal muscles to eliminate stool. eg Sennetabs, Dulcolax, Bisalax,
- Bulk-forming laxatives (fibre supplements) – Absorb water to form soft, bulky stools and promote contractions of intestinal muscles. Metamucil, Fybogel, Normafibe
- Stool softeners – Draw water into the stool making in more comfortable for pass. Eg Coloxyl
- Lubricant laxatives – Coat the colon and stool in a waterproof film allowing it to remain soft and easier to slip through the intestine. Eg Agarol
- Osmaotic and Saline-type laxatives – Often used in people who need regular long-tem laxatives to stay regular. They claim to work by drawing water into the colon to allow easier passing of stool. eg OsmoLax, Actilax, Duphalac, Sorbilax
- Enemas and Suppositories –Are used to cleanse and evacuate stool by inserting the solution into your rectum. Eg Microlax, Glycerol suppositories and fleet enemas.
Unfortunately, over the counter Laxatives can contain a cocktail of chemicals (yuk!) and may have a harmful effect on the colon and even make constipation worse!
Risks/downsides of laxative use:
- Overuse of certain laxatives can lead to dependency and decrease bowel function.
- May interfere with your body’s absorption of some medications and nutrients
- Some laxatives my lead to an electrolyte imbalance, especially after prolonged use.
- Some are not suitable for children, pregnant women or breast feeding women.
Looking for a natural, low cost, alternative? Water enemas using a Happy Bum Bag! Enema solutions available at chemists can contain ingredients such as Sodium Citrate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sorbitol, Glycerol etc. Why would you want to put more chemicals into your body?! Especially up your bottom!
Water enemas have one ingredient. Purified water!
Happy bum bags are a 2 litre BPA free silicon enema kit you can use to perform a water enema in the comfort of your own home. Purified water is gently administered into the rectum, softening hardened stools sitting in your colon. Once the water has been administered, simply release on the toilet and feel the relief!
Added bonuses? Water enemas are:
- Safe! Suitable for the whole family including children, pregnant and breastfeeding women!
- Money saving! No need to be constantly paying for medications! Water is free!
- Empowering! You can do them yourself as often as you need!
What have you got to loose (apart from some old hard poo!). Water enemas are easy, effective natural way to ease the discomfort of constipation!
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