The Difference Between a Colon Cleanse and a Laxative
For those who suffer from constipation and irregular bowel movements, relief is often found through the use of laxatives and colon cleanses. Both products are designed to be safe, effective and produce similar results, but the difference between the two lies in how they achieve results.
Laxatives act to soften the stool and evacuate feces from the colon relatively quickly. Most laxatives contain chemical properties, including Milk of Magnesia, Colace, Dulcolax, and Kaopectate; and are available in various forms including tablet, capsule, suppository, and powder. Laxatives are also available in everyday food sources. Some natural laxatives include coconut oil, raisins and prunes. Routinely incorporating fibrous food sources into the diet can produce enhanced bowel regularity. Consequently, too much of a laxative (regardless of type) can produce adverse affects including frequent diarrhea and dehydration, among others.
Colon Cleanses achieve similar results to laxatives, but generally work over a longer period of time - usually around 10 days. Colon cleanses flush the entire digestive tract, as opposed to just the colon. Often made with all-natural ingredients, these products are designed to detoxify the digestive system and remove excess waste that may be stuck to intestinal walls or the colon. Additionally, they are formulated to be more gentle than a laxative and to “help” you go, rather than “make” you go right away.
Essentially, the difference between a colon cleanse and a laxative is that a colon cleanse aids in maintaining overall regularity, while a laxative will produce an immediate affect - perfect for occasional constipation. To purchase a colon cleanse or laxative, visit our website, or call 1-888-687-4334 to speak with one of our knowledgeable Medical Supply Specialists.