Here, we’ve busted three of the most common myths about constipation. By Dawn Chen
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Constipation plagues even the best of us, with one in four Singaporeans suffering from chronic constipation. If you have constipation, a natural laxative may be just what you need to kick-start bowel movement. Here are some common myths about constipation that have been debunked, courtesy of Dulcolax, a natural and gentle laxative brand.
Constipation myth: Constipation can be cured by eating more fibre.
Fact: While increasing your fibre intake and keeping hydrated can often help prevent and alleviate constipation, sufferers of chronic constipation may find that just eating more fruits and vegetables is not enough. In such cases, constipation can actually signal a more serious underlying condition, and should be checked by a medical professional if symptoms last more than two weeks.
Constipation myth: Constipation causes toxins to build up in your body.
Fact: Regular bowel movement ensures that your digestive system functions properly, but there’s currently no evidence that holding your stools produces excess toxins that can cause cancer or other diseases.
Constipation myth: If you take a laxative, you can become addicted to it.
Fact: Eating a laxative to aid bowel movement does not cause addiction. A laxative like Dulcolax works only when it is needed, and is safe enough that even lactating mothers can use it. Dulcolax products are currently available at all leading pharmacies such as Watsons, Guardian and Unity.