Blaguna Rajani. stools. January 01st , 2018.
Mineral oil is among the best stool softeners available to us, as it lubricates stool and aids in its smooth passage, via the intestines. Since it increases lubrication, the stool can easily pass through the rectum and anus, without inflaming or irritating them. Just take one teaspoon of mineral oil before going to bed. Thus, mineral oil for constipation is an effective home remedy, however, it is not recommended for long-term use, as it conduces to various vitamin deficiencies.
As we all know, the liver produces a green colored digestive juice known as the bile. The production of bile is necessary to ensure proper digestion of food. It is a known fact that stool formation takes place in the large intestine. When the bile enters the large intestine, it eventually turns yellowish brown and then mixes with the stool. This is the reason why stool appears brown in color. However, if the bile and the stool formed move quickly out of the large intestine, it is unlikely that the bile will become yellow. So, with the bile color remaining the same (green), the waste matter also appears greenish-yellow during bowel movement.
Psyllium husk is rich in fiber, and helps absorb water, thereby facilitating the evacuation of bowels. One can consume fresh Psyllium husk or take the powdered form. It is important to drink sufficient quantity of water after consuming Psyllium husk. It is advisable to consult one's healthcare provider before its use.
Stool softeners are used to loosen the stool in case of constipation. They are also known as emollient laxatives. Additional water and fats are incorporated in the stool, which makes it easier for it to be eliminated from the system. Stool softeners work in the small and large intestine and may take anywhere between 12 to 72 hours to show effect. There are two main types of stool softeners, namely natural stool softeners and the medicinal stool softeners. In the medicinal stool softeners, the main ingredient is docusate. It is important to note that these stool softeners do not induce or increase bowel movements. They are often used to prevent constipation as opposed to treat it. Therefore, they are often recommended to people, who are not supposed to strain while defecating. This brings us to the question, is it safe to use stool softeners. Well, stool softeners are safe, when they are taken in limited quantities and for a short duration only.
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