CommunityBrowse groupsBlogEtiquetteInvite Your friendsSuccess Stories



I have found myself using them more and more over the last 4-5 years. I find that if I'm not getting enough fiber I get a little stopped up and bloated so I use them for relief.

I would say I use them at least once a month, but this week I've used them everyday.

I run 6 miles a day, do a little weightlifting, and eat pretty healthy along with consume plenty of water.

Could I have adverse affects from laxatives other than my body relying on them for bowel movements?

Wed. Mar 14, 4:20pm

Add comment  
Check this out,11475,4029,00.html

Wednesday, March 14, 2007, 4:30 PM

Add comment
I became dependent on the herbal laxative cascara sagrada. I figured that it wasn't too bad because its pretty gentle and I seem to have a slow digestive system. However I went for a colonscopy and because of the over-use part of my intestines was green instead of pink ! I'm slowly weening myself off them...its tough but I tried to look at it this way: The reason I havent tried to get off them before is because I cant stand the idea of being constipated and therefore super makes me obviously uncomfortable and also feel less attractive. SO I've chosen to take 2 weeks to rejuvinate, meaning I dont expect myself to go out with friends and eat heavy meals, I'll try to get as much sleep as possible and as much daily exercise, plus lots of fiber!
I would be completely honest with your doctor also, I was and its definitely not the first time they've seen this kind of thing. If you've always had a tendency towards constipation you might actually need some sort of meds or supplement that your doctor could recommend.
Laxatives (especially stimulant laxatives!) are rough on your body, but if you ween off of them soon, the damage is undoable :)

Friday, March 16, 2007, 12:19 AM

Add comment
I did too many too

And had a hard time getting off them. It just sneaks up on you... I didn't even realize how many I was taking. I still have the occasional problems and now I take digestive enzymes instead esp w/ red meat.

Friday, March 16, 2007, 4:11 AM

Add comment
I hope you're not on any other medications or birth control - laxatives interfere significantly with absorption.

Consider taking some acidophilus or similar probiotics to restore your intestinal flora to something resembling normal.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 2:44 PM

Add comment
obviously you are not getting the fiber you need, even though you claim to eat healthy. what are you eating besides laxatives?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 8:17 AM

Add comment

Related Content:

How To Lose Weight- The Basics
Weight Watchers Points System
The Fat Smash Diet
The Eat To Live Diet
The Beck Diet Solution
How To Get The Motivation To Lose Weight


How To Be Successful Using PEERtrainer

How To Burn Fat
Online Weight Loss Support- How It Works
Does Green Tea Help You Lose Weight?
Tips On Using PEERtrainer
Visit The PEERtrainer Community
Diet and Fitness Resources


Weight Watchers Meetings
Learning To Inspire Others: You Already Are
Writing Down Your Daily Workouts
Spending Money On A Personal Trainer?
How I Became A Marathon Runner


Preventive Health

How To Prevent Injuries During Your Workout
Flu Season: Should You Take The Flu Shot?
Are You Really Ready To Start PEERtrainer?
Super Foods That Can Boost Your Energy
Reversing Disease Through Nutrition

New Diet and Fitness Articles:

Weight Watchers Points Plus
How To Adjust Your Body To Exercise
New: Weight Watchers Momentum Program
New: PEERtrainer Blog Archive
Review Of The New Weight Watchers Momentum Program

Weight Loss Motivation by Joshua Wayne:

Why Simple Goal Setting Is Not Enough
How To Delay Short Term Gratification
How To Stay Motivated
How To Exercise With A Busy Schedule

Real World Nutrition and Fitness Questions

Can Weight Lifting Help You Lose Weight?
Are Protein Drinks Safe?
Nutrition As Medicine?

Everyday Weight Loss Tips

How To Eat Healthy At A Party
How To Eat Out And Still Lose Weight
The Three Bite Rule
Tips On How To Stop A Binge