Should You Take Laxatives While You're Fasting?

Learn if you should take laxatives while you're fasting in this Howcast video featuring nutritionist Natalia Rose.

Transcript

Hi, I'm Natalia Rose. Today, we're going to talk about whether or not you should take laxatives when you're fasting. In my personal professional experience, I have found laxatives to be undermining to a fast or to a cleanse and to the human body at large rather than supportive of it. There are alternatives however; colonics, enemas, aloe vera, and herbs that will help increase the peristalsis and help tonify the intestine while you're fasting. One part that is great for tonifying the intestine while you're fasting is called triphala. It literally means 'tree fruits'. Triphala will support the elimination without aggravating your intestine like a laxative will.

What you need to know about laxatives is that laxatives are very irritating to the body and to the intestine while they're moving through. So the waste elimination that you have as a result of taking laxatives comes from the bowel being irritated and literally shaking off the waste that is in the intestine rather than the natural movement of the intestine and the peristaltic action pushing the waste through and out. It's a very different experience for the bowel. It's a very different result that you'll have when you have a true movement versus a movement that's triggered by taking laxatives.

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