Wow, there! Don’t bother taking those laxatives!
If you often find yourself irregular, it’s important to remember that laxatives are not a long-term solution.
In a recent chat with Talk News Uk, Dr Karan Rajan (who you may recognize from his health education on TikTok) explained that one thing he would never do if he was constipated was immediately take a laxative.
“They shouldn’t be the first person to call – what you have to do is look at the natural things you can do,” he said.
So what does this involve? “Increase fluid intake, exercise, and even consume certain fruits that function as natural laxatives,” he suggests.
The fruits in question? Plums and pears.
“They contain a lot of sugar, alcohol, and most importantly, sorbitol. Sorbitol is an osmotic laxative – it draws water into your stool and helps stimulate your bowels and can be very effective.”
However, if you do end up taking laxatives, Dr Rajan warns that continuing to rely on them can actually worsen your gut health and aggravate the muscles in your intestines – which in turn can make you more constipated and more dependent on high-dose laxatives. along with time.
In order to make things smoother in the long run, Dr Rajan recommends eating at least 30 grams of fiber a day to make bowel movements easier.
“It should be a mix of soluble fiber, which helps soften and soften the stool, and insoluble fiber, which acts like a rake to sweep through your intestines,” she explains.
And when it’s time to poop, you need to take a better position.
“Reduce the angle between your torso and thighs – you can do this by leaning forward or using a bench under your feet to flex your hips,” he suggests.
According to doctors, this relaxes the puborectalis muscle and straightens the rectum – which means less tension and much better bowel dynamics.