Sunday, December 26, 2010


Constipation is a common gastrointestinal problem.  It happens when we have a poor diet, when we're dehydrated or when we've been ill.  If you are not passing solid waste at least once a day or, ideally, in relation to each meal, then you are experiencing constipation.  When we eat solid foods they pass through our digestive tract and move what is at the end of the system along.  "What goes in must go out."  When we become constipated the waste contained in our intestines does not pass through and our body continues to try to pull out every last nutrient and every last bit of fluid.  What our body is pulling out is waste and waste water, not nutrients.  The longer waste stays in our intestines, the harder it is to pass. 

A diet rich in fiber, plenty of liquids and regular exercise all contribute to digestive regularity.  Our modern diet is not rich in fiber and few drink quality fluids like water and fresh juices.  Often times our lifestyles are more sedentary than physically active.  Fast food, processed and refined foods, and high sugar drinks do our bodies more harm than good.  Often times constipation is one of the results of a diet that is "less than the best." 

For millennia there have been plants that different people groups have used to provide relief from constipation.  Senna, Licorice, Buckthorn, Alfalfa, Fennel, Anise, Rhubarb, Blue Malva and Culver's root are all well known and trusted herbal laxitives.  However, when not combined carefully the results can be quite uncomfortable and embarrassing.

Herb-Lax is a gentle laxative designed for occasional use.  It encourages a mild cleansing action to aid the body in it's natural processes.  Herb-Lax is a certified Kosher product and one of Dr. Shaklee's signature, prioprientary blends.


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