We live in a time where products are regularly measured by how quickly they work. The fact that those very products may be used for something other than what was intended barely enters into the picture until it is too late.
Where this trend is most commonly found is in the area of weight loss, with people looking for a way to skip the diet & exercise portion of a healthy weight loss regimen.
One of the products that people are more frequently turning to is laxatives, with most unaware of the potential critical damages this method can cause, or simply just willing to roll the dice and take the chance.
Laxatives are most commonly used to relieve the symptom of constipation, which means they are generally only used a few times per year, if at all, by the average individual. They are not intended for daily use, which is what dieters are doing when they use laxatives for weight loss purpose.
Yes, you'll lose weight but…
While you might see weight loss come relatively quickly when employing this method, what you can't see is the effect and intensity of the damage, sometimes irreversible, that it is doing to your insides. Yes, you may lose weight using laxatives, but you have to ask yourself if paying the ultimate price with your health is worth it!
What may come as a surprise is just how many people are using these easily available non-prescription laxatives for weight loss intention, with the numbers estimated to be in the range of 17 million.
The only people truly benefitting from this widespread abuse are the companies that make the laxatives, although you have to assume that they are somewhat concerned with the negative connotations that are now being associated with a product that is actually perfectly safe when used as directed.
While you may think that abuse is rather a harsh word to use when dealing with a product that is legal and safe when used properly, the fact is that it perfectly describes what can happen when taking these laxatives to lose weight.
Not everyone starts out by taking laxatives on a daily basis, but when they start to see the weight falling off, it's then that they switch to full abuse mode and become addicted to taking the powders or pills to keep the weight scale dipping off continuously and quickly.
There are even some people that have been successful in their weight loss efforts using the correct method, only to hit that eventual plateau. It is at that point that many turn to laxatives in order to give their weight loss a little kick start, which is where the problems really start to kick in!
The addiction to laxatives starts out in much the same way as any other addiction. The amounts taken at the start are small and manageable, but the person reaches the point where the amounts they take are not having the desired effect.
In order to continue maintaining the level of weight loss achieved to this point, they blow up the number of laxatives and the regularity with which they are taken in order to keep the pounds coming off at a rate they deem to be acceptable.
Even when they reach a point where their weight and physical appearance becomes alarming and unhealthy, they are so in the grips of laxatives that they simply cannot stop!
Most of the issues that arise, besides the shocking weight loss, can be found in the stomach and abdominal area. When you have been overexposed to laxatives and try to cut back, there is a feeling of tightness and bloating that develops.
Users take this as a sign that the problems are starting once they stop taking the laxatives, which in turn makes them get back on, with the ante often being upped once more. What that feeling really turns out to be is your body telling you that there is a problem.
Human intestines can suffer severe damage when trying to lose weight with laxatives. This makes it virtually impossible for the digestive system to work as it should, making it difficult to eat or drink anything.
The pain in the abdominal areas also becomes extremely unbearable and severe, making it hard for many people to be able to sleep comfortably through the night.
Those who have suffered from the problems that come with laxative abuse will tell that there were signs of problems early on, such as blood in the urine, but that they dismissed it as something else.
When you perceive that a product is delivering the results you want, it becomes all too easy to point the finger of blames somewhere else.
One of the main reasons that people don't look at laxatives as being a problem is because they are so readily available and affordable. How could anything possibly be deemed harmful when it can be found on the shelves in every single supermarket across the country?
What may not be known is that laxatives come in 4 types which are designed to promote bowel movements when you are constipated.
The problem is that in order to do their job, laxatives need to irritate the interior walls of the intestine, forcing out the stool that has built up inside.
While this happens, the nutrients that would normally stay and help promote a healthy body are also flushed away. Once in a very short while is fine, but putting your body through this process on a regular basis is akin to slow torture that may very well eventually end in your demise.
I'm sure there are many of you out there right now who are reading this and are in total shock, not only by the negative effect that laxative abuse can have on your body, but also by how many people are actually affected by it.
While chemical and alcohol abuse are commonly brought to light, the abuse of these fatal laxatives is one that seems to escape the harsh glare of the media spotlight. That is a situation that is changing as the number of women affected by using these commonly found laxatives for weight loss continues to pile up.