How I got trapped in a LAXATIVE ABUSE!! LET’S TALK ABOUT Laxative Abuse.

Let me start by admitting that I have abused my body by taking laxatives in my weight loss journey. I am not proud of it, and the worst part is I have never told anybody that I did it. And trust me it harms my body my liver more than I could ever imagine. It took me 2 years to undo the damage.

The social pressure to lose weight eventually build up to you. It messes up your mind the way you look at yourself the way you talk to yourself even the way you think about food. If you you are somebody who are going who is going through the same thing that I have been you are not alone in this I have been there I have done a lot of mistakes please do not repeat the same mistakes.

What is Laxative Abuse?

“Laxative Abuse occurs when a person attempts to eliminate unwanted calories, lose weight, “feel thin,” or “feel empty” through the repeated, frequent use of laxatives. often, laxatives are misused following eating binges, because the individual mistakenly believes that the laxatives will work to rush out food and calories before they can be absorbed – but that doesn’t really happen.”

Who Can Be Affected? ANYONE

Anyone of any age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, etc. can suffer from laxative abuse.

What Does Laxative Abuse Do To The Body?

“Laxative Abuse can cause the disturbance of electrolyte and mineral balances. sodium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus are electrolytes and minerals that are present in very specific amounts necessary for proper functioning of the nerves and muscles, including those of the colon and heart. upsetting this delicate balance can cause improper functioning of these vital organs.”

What Does Laxative Abuse Do To The Body?

  • Severe dehydration may cause tremors, weakness, blurry vision, fainting, kidney damage, and, in extreme cases, death. Dehydration often requires medical treatment.Laxative dependency occurs from overuse, and can cause the colon stops reacting to usual doses of laxatives so that larger and larger amounts of laxatives may be needed to produce bowel movements.
  • Internal organ damage may result, including stretched or “lazy” colon, colon infection, irritable bowel syndrome, and, rarely, liver damage. Chronic laxative abuse may contribute to risk of colon cancer.

The belief that laxatives are effective for weight control is a myth. in fact, by the time laxatives act on the large intestine, most foods and calories have already been absorbed by the small intestine. although laxatives artificially stimulate the large intestine to empty, the “weight loss” caused by a laxative-induced bowel movement contains little actual food, fat, or calories. Instead, laxative abuse causes the loss of water, minerals, electrolytes, and indigestible fiber and wastes from the colon. this “water weight” returns as soon as the individual drinks any fluids and the body re-hydrates. if the chronic laxative abuser refuses to re-hydrate, they risk dehydration, which further taxes the organs and which may ultimately cause death.

What to do if you think, you might be struggling with laxative ABUSE !!!

Do not be afraid or Ashamed to tell someone. You are allowed to prioritize your health. You are not alone in this, trust me I have been there done that.

-Apurva

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