Thursday, January 27, 2011

Potty Talk

Almost daily, new products claiming to drastically reduce weight or improve health find their way into stores and onto shelves around the country. Specifically, laxatives for detoxification have grown very popular as a means to rid your body of pollutants that may inhibit weight loss or cause cancer.   Never fear; however, manufactures of laxatives, enemas, and, other supplements designed to increase the frequency and amount of bowel movements have come to your rescue, or have they?   To date, no documented research exists proving excessively large or frequent bowel movements will make drastic changes in your weight or health status. In fact, overuse of these products can cause diarrhea leading to dehydration, which can do far more harm to your body than good. Excessive loss of fluids and electrolytes can lead to heart and/or kidney failure.  Unfortunately for quick fix seekers, the best plan is still regular exercise and a good diet including plenty of fiber to stay regular.


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