Constipation can be a real headache when accompanied by bloating and pain in the stomach. During this time, you want remedies that provide instant relief. Ayurvedic laxatives such as triphala, kala namak, ajwain, and senna, etc. are easily available and are best suited for curbing constipation effectively. They come in the form of medications and powders that can be taken with water. Some of the benefits of considering these laxatives are mentioned below:
They are safe and suitable.
They provide fast relief to the body by clearing out the toxins from the body.
They are best suited for chronic constipation.
They speed up the bowel movement and are effective in 6-12 hours.
They help in increasing the absorption of water in the stool, to soften it.
Now that we are aware of the benefits. Let us understand the types of laxatives available in the market. Depending upon what suits your body and preference, choose accordingly.
Types of laxatives to cure constipation
1. Bulk-forming laxative
These laxatives are called fiber supplements, their work is to act in the same manner as a fiber-rich diet. They work by drawing water into the stool to increase the bulk and make them easier to push out of the body. They work naturally to stimulate the colon. These usually take 12-24 hours to show effects and are considered one of the safest laxatives. While taking them, remember to drink plenty of water.
2. Osmotic or saline laxatives
Osmotic laxatives work by pulling water into the colon area. This helps in hydrating and softening the stool and thus ease in releasing from the body. They come in either tablet form or powder, both of them are effective equally. Osmotic laxatives are made up of lactulose and ispaghula husk. While saline laxatives contain the milk of magnesia and oral magnesium. They both are effective in providing relief during constipation.
3. Stimulant laxatives
These are probably some of the fastest laxatives to get rid of constipation. They take around 7 hours to show effect. They work by contracting the digestive tract muscles and releasing bowel movements. They can be taken either by mouth or by suppository. Avoid taking these regularly as they can make the bowel lose its ability to contract thus should be taken cautiously.
4. Stool softeners and lubricants
Other constipation laxatives include stool softeners. These can sometimes take the longest time to show effect, around 12-72 hours. They work by reducing the surface tension of stool through the absorption of water. It makes them easier to release. Mineral oil is used as a lubricant. However, because of its nature of absorbing nutrients, consult a doctor before using it.
A happy digestive system is key for healthy living. To achieve it, you should consume appropriate laxatives along with a hygienic lifestyle and a balanced diet. However, when things tend to become serious or you start to experience frequent constipation, it is recommended to visit a doctor.
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