Dr. Oz, January 29, 2013, gets serious today and discusses a horrifying trend where people are using Laxatives to lose weight and are putting their lives in jeopardy. Today’s episode, called “The Dangers Of Laxative Abuse”, will focus on what is really happening to our bodies when we abuse these over the counter medications. Oz will have women on the show today that have lost over 100 pounds just by using laxatives. Now they say they are addicted to them.
What are some of the dangers of using laxatives to lose weight? First, laxatives work by increasing the amount of water in your intestines to flush everything out. Our bodies don’t work properly when we get dehydrated which is a big risk when you abuse laxatives. We will also flush out the bacteria in our digestive tract and Oz has been talking about how this bacteria is necessary to absorb the nutrients from food.
This puts us on a bad path that will have us malnourished and deprived of the very things we need to convert our food into energy. We can experience bloating, constipation, and other problems by overusing laxatives. One woman on today’s show has gone from 260 pounds all the way down to just 78 pounds. Oz will try an intervention to help save this woman’s life. Can Oz get this woman back on track with a healthy lifestyle or is it too late? tune in today to find out the answer.
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