Introduction to Epsom salt laxatives
A common method of gaining relief from constipation is using an Epsom salt laxative.
Epsom salt is effective at relieving the body of hardened stools.
It is also good to use when you want an effective colon cleansing method as well.
When using this method, most people tend to mix the salt with warm or cold water and use them as an enema or oral treatment.
What the Epsom salt does is it increases the levels of water that are running through the intestines; this brings instant relief to constipation, but only temporary relief for the complications that result from the constipation. Side effects and dangers
It needs to be added that Epsom salt, although very effective, is not exactly the best possible solution for problems related to constipation, because there are many possible side effects that can occur. Actually, Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, and it contains a lot of magnesium which can potentially lead to organ failure and death if taken in large amounts.
Unfortunately, a lot of people are not aware of this, and there have been instances in which people have ingested too much Epsom salt and died because of complications.
Also, there are many over-the-counter drugs and medications that do not mix well with Epsom salt, another thing that people are not familiar with, and yet another reason to avoid it.
Therefore, if you want to use Epsom salt for constipation, it is highly recommended to first consult a doctor and see if it will be the right thing to do, and if not, the doctor will recommend an alternative way to treat the constipation.
Epsom salt can also cause bowel irritation, cramping, bloating and can also thin the lining of the bowels.
If a person is constantly using the laxative, it can also cause more regular constipation, so it is important not to be dependent on this laxative.
When a person because dependent on the laxative, that means that the intestines have gotten lazy and expect that a laxative will be administered to do the work for them.
Other possible side effects of Epsom salt as a laxative also include abdominal cramping, bloating and pain in the stomach.
Epsom salt also stresses the kidneys, which have to process the increased chemicals that are coming with this mineral-based treatment.
This is why people who already have kidney problems need to be very cautious when using Epsom salt, though it is recommended to stay away from it completely and seek an alternative way to treat the constipation.