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Herbal Laxative Cleanse: ǂ

  • Gentle detoxifying ingredients help stimulate bowels naturally ǂ
  • No harsh senna, cascara sagrada, or psyllium
  • Magnesium helps hydrate bowels for smooth elimination ǂ
  • Helps to flush toxins and relieve occasional constipation ǂ

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Herbal Laxative—Promotes Regularity

Most of us don’t talk about how regular we are, and the topic of an herbal laxative rarely comes up in casual conversation. Yet Americans spend over $700 million a year on laxatives and we have the highest rate of laxative use in the world. Why?

The answer to this seems obvious: constipation. By and large most people are using laxatives to relieve this uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating condition. And many of us feel that all laxatives are comparable, especially if we see the words “natural” or “herbal” on the label. This is far from true.

Harsh Laxatives and Their Effects

Several common herbal laxative ingredients have a harsh effect on the bowels and digestive tract. The constipated bowel is already under stress and further stress may serve to clear it out, but only temporarily and at a cost to the digestive system.

These ingredients are herbal and botanical in origin but contain potent compounds that irritate the digestive tract rather than rebalance it:

  • Senna, from senna leaf or fruit. This ingredient contains sennosides, an active molecule that promotes bowel flushing and intestinal movement by irritating the colon walls. Some people experience cramping, gas, and bloating with senna if it is not well tolerated. These effects are likely due to the irritating action of the molecule.
  • Cascara sagrada is an herb that triggers colon contractions to move waste out. However, it does this by irritating the colon and in some cases colon contractions are so severe that cramping and over-flushing can occur. It is not recommended for use over time.
  • Psyllium is a very common herbal laxative ingredient. It is actually a seed (and seed husk) that swells to a large mass when it encounters water in the digestive tract. This mass is intended to move waste along and it often does. Psyllium’s exaggerated water absorption properties can serve to dehydrate the bowel and body, however, and it is not tolerated by some people who are may be seriously allergic to it.

All herbal laxative ingredients are not the same due to their different functions in the body and the different compounds they contain. When looking for a gentle, effective herbal laxative, make sure the ingredients do not over-stimulate the bowel or irritate it. This will only further complicate any problems with constipation.

Cleanse More Gentle Herbal Laxative

The key word in the Cleanse More herbal laxative action is “cleanse.” The ingredients in this product are mixed at healthy levels for occasional constipation relief so that no one compound is too potent or too harsh. ǂ These ingredients are blended as a cleanse rather than as a simple-flush laxative. They have laxative actions, but in gentler and more moderate doses to promote healthy bowel movements rather than drastic flushing.

  • Cape aloe leaf is a specific type of aloe plant that contains aloe-emodins, or laxative stimulating compounds. These compounds stimulate the colon walls to perform their natural peristalsis action rather than irritating them into action. ǂ
  • Rhubarb root. While rhubarb does contain anthraquinones like cascara sagrada and senna, it also contains tannins which help prevent excessive flushing of the bowels. Rhubarb has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as an herbal laxative. ǂ
  • Magnesium is a natural hydrating mineral. When taken orally, magnesium draws water from the colon wall into the bowel to help hydrate bowel movements. Unlike psyllium it does not have an excessive hydrating effect or cause bulking. ǂ
  • Slippery elm bark lubricates the stomach and intestines to help flush waste out. This ingredient also contains antioxidants and helps manage intestinal inflammation and upset. ǂ
  • Marshmallow root helps to soothe the intestinal lining and support healthy mucus production there, lubricating bowels. It helps to ease bowels out naturally without harsh irritation. ǂ
  • Triphala is a strengthening laxative-action blend of Indian Ayurvedic herbs that are not irritating but instead highly nutritional. Triphala helps support balanced bowels, healthy bile flow for detoxification, and low levels of digestive inflammation. ǂ

Each of the above herbal/botanical ingredients acts as a detoxifier in the bowels, as well as a gentle laxative. Toxin build-up contributes significantly to recurring constipation complaints. A toxic bowel is unable to eliminate as it should. By detoxing the body with select herbs, you help to not only cleanse the intestines but also set your bowels back on a regular schedule.