Normally the food passes through the entire digestive tract in about 48 hours. In case of constipation, this trajectory is crossed in a longer time, and poop is more than two days, feces have increased consistency (hard stool) and constipated person eliminate poop with difficulty.
Constipation is a disorder that occurs in a large number of patients, particularly in women, the elderly (people over 65) and those with diabetes.
Factors that may lead to constipation:
- Not eating enough foods rich in dietary fiber (fruits and vegetables) and eating mostly refined foods (meat, dairy products, white bread and sweets)
- Drinking too little fluid – this forces your body to extract the maximum water from the intestinal contents and, therefore, increase its consistency. Increased stool consistency means first slow intestinal transit and chronic constipation in time.
- Lack of exercise (hours spent watching television, moving only with vehicles
- Excessive stress, long-term anxiety and depression
- Refraining from going to the toilet, especially when hemorrhoids are present
- Changes in routine – the need to travel somewhere – can disrupt both diet and the need to go to the toilet. On this background appears the so-called travel constipation
- Digestive system diseases are causes of chronic constipation, often neglected (note: it may be the main symptom of a serious diseases like colonic neoplasm)
- Certain medications can cause constipation: antibiotics (alter microbial flora); narcotics; antacids containing aluminum and calcium; antihypertensive (calcium channel blockers); antiparkinson drugs; antispasmodics; antidepressants; iron supplements; anticonvulsants.
Treatment of constipation:
Although treatment depends on the cause, severity and duration of constipation, in most cases modifying diet and lifestyle it helps relieve the symptoms. Also different laxatives are frequently used. A bulk laxative that adds bulk to the intestinal content and stimulates peristalsis is exceptionally useful and effective for normalizing stool consistency and transit.
NATULAX FORTE – The ideal solution for chronic constipation
Composition: Each sachet contains 3.5 g seeds and husks of Psyllium (Plantago ovata)
Psyllium (Plantago ovata or Blond Psyllium) is a plant native from South and West Asia. Psyllium is used as a laxative and a softening agent of stools in people suffering from chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, anal fissures and after anal surgery. It is also used for diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis and dysentery. Psyllium may also help lower cholesterol levels.
How does NATULAX FORTE act?
Seeds and Psyllium husks are rich in soluble and insoluble fiber. These fibers are necessary for forming a bowl fecal with a volume high enough to stimulate peristalsis (bowel movements that propagate the movement of the stool toward the end of the intestine – rectum and sigmoid – where it triggers defecation reflex). The psyllium fibers in NATULAX FORTE attract and retain water, forming a gel that alter the consistency of feces in the sense that it makes it softer and easier to eliminate. In addition it forms a layer that lubricates the mucosa and promotes a light, pain-free removal of intestinal contents.
The fibers are not all the same!
- Viscous soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel like material in the digestive tract, which helps in softening stool, lowering cholesterol absorption and maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, as part of the diet. Sources include oats, barley, fruits, legumes (beans and peas), and psyllium.
- Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. Insoluble fiber add volume (bulk) to feces and regulates transit. Sources of insoluble fiber include wheat bran, whole grain bread and vegetables.
NATULAX FORTE is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, soluble viscous being the predominant ones (70-80%). Unlike insoluble fiber that acts only in the large intestine, soluble viscous fibers begin their action in the stomach and continue to act throughout the digestive tract, thus having an increasing impact on the health of the digestive system.
NATULAX FORTE contains 5 times more soluble viscous fiber against wheat bran or oat this because it contains whole seeds of Psyllium (psyllium bran, containing only the husks of psyllium, does not have these qualities, being rich only in insoluble fiber as the other brans).
The viscous soluble fiber in NATULAX FORTE are also superior to completely soluble fiber (such as wheat dextrin) because the latter ferments in the colon causing gas, bloating and abdominal pain.
Natural viscous soluble fibers in composition of NATULAX FORTE can make the daily difference in terms of normalization the intestinal transit in those who use it!
Another advantage is that NATULAX FORTE don’t produce adverse reactions after administration (fermentation, producing excessive gas, abdominal discomfort and flatulence), unlike other laxatives such as lactulose or wheat dextrin.
NATULAX FORTE do not cause irritation of the gut, is not addictive (as does Senna extract and buckthorn) and in this case it can be taken daily for long periods of time, even a lifetime in case of chronic constipation whose cause cannot be removed (such as immobilization / trolley patients with spinal cord injury)
NATULAX FORTE does not contain sugar though can be used in patients with diabetes, the taste and administration are extremely pleasant (in the evening, one hour before bedtime, 1 sachet of Natulax Forte to be dissolved in minimum 200 ml of cold or lukewarm water, resulting in a light gel with orange taste, to be drunk immediately after preparation)