Laxatives: Are they Dangerous Long Term?

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I had a question from someone who was wondering about laxatives? Are laxatives dangerous, or are laxatives okay? 

Well, I guess laxatives could be dangerous because a few possible dangers of laxatives are:

• They could be addictive
• They could deplete electrolytes (In this case, you would want to just add the electrolytes back)

The dangers of having chronic constipation are way worse than the minor dangers of using laxatives. 

If you have constipation, as a coping mechanism, take an herbal natural laxative like cascara sagrada. This should give you constipation relief while you figure out what’s causing the constipation. 

Natural constipation remedies:

• MCT oil
• Bile salts
• Vitamin B1
• Probiotic
• Fasting
• Adjust fiber

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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