Many people, especially women, have problems with constipation or decomposition, which can become more acute in certain seasons of the year, mainly in summer, and in stages where copious and indigestible meals abound. Given this scenario, two solutions are proposed, broadly speaking: the use of laxatives or the so-called natural regulators of intestinal transit or, simply, intestinal regulators.
The alteration of the intestinal flora can cause both constipation and diarrhea.
In this article we are going to expose the key points that differentiate each of these solutions for your constipation so that you can choose one or the other based on objective and scientifically based criteria.
Despite this, remind you that this content is only informative and without prescriptive aspiration. In all cases, you should consult a doctor or a qualified professional in the field before choosing a treatment to resolve your constipation.
What is a laxative?
Laxatives are medicines that relieve constipation, causing defecation and, as a consequence, the elimination of feces produced by our body after the digestion of food.
There are different types of laxatives: osmotic, bulk formers, stool softeners, stimulants, and glycerin suppositories or microenemas , which tend to be the fastest acting.
What is a regulator of intestinal transit?
The so-called intestinal transit regulators or, simply, intestinal regulators -prebiotics, probiotics and laxative intestinal regulators-, are natural food supplements that aim to restore the balance and proper functioning of the intestine.
They are especially indicated in cases of chronic constipation problems and have a more progressive and milder effect than laxatives. The formulation of intestinal transit regulator supplements can vary greatly depending on each manufacturing laboratory.
First of all: take care
Before considering taking a medication or a food supplement, the first thing you should ask yourself is whether you follow a proper diet and lead a healthy lifestyle.
If the answer is no, forget about laxatives and intestinal regulators and focus on eliminating foods that are harmful to health in your diet while incorporating:
- Fiber-rich foods, such as wheat bran fruits and vegetables, and oatmeal.
- Water: consume about 10 glasses of water a day
- Play sports regularly or, at a minimum, walk.
As we always say, health and well-being are not about a single thing but about a comprehensive and holistic whole, so you have to take care of your mind, body and e