While we understand that knowing about the dangers of laxative abuse alone is not enough to help you "just stop" using them, it is important to keep yourself as informed as you can about the potential risks and dangers.
As well as laxatives removing a lot of water from your body they also causes a loss in essential minerals like potassium, sodium and magnesium.
A drop in these minerals can result in an electrolyte imbalance. This imbalance is harmful and can lead to muscle pain, spasm, irregular heartbeat even death.
Many people believe that using laxatives after bingeing will help them to control their weight and counteract any physical effects of binge eating however this is completely untrue.
In fact by the time laxatives effect the large intestine almost all foods and calories have already been absorbed.
Any “weight-loss” caused by laxative abuse is due to the loss of water, minerals, electrolytes, indigestible fibre and wastes from the colon.
Once the body becomes re-hydrated this “water weight” that has been lost will return once more.
Therefore the health risks associated with using laxatives and diuretics are very high especially when you realize that they don't help you to counteract the physical consequences of a binge!
Below we have outlined a list of easy to read symptoms that laxative abuse can lead to.
Many bulimics who suffer from laxative abuse may try to avoid re-hydration in order to avoid gaining water weight. But it is vital that you understand failing to re-hydrate in this way can lead to serious health complications, including permanent damage to vital organs, and in some cases death.
We know that it's never easy to stop abusing laxatives, especially if you've become dependent on them over a long period of time. However the great news is that with the right support and guidance it is fully possible to stop using laxatives in this way.
In the Bulimia Recovery System we give some excellent advice and outline the practical steps to take in order to stop abusing laxatives. If you'd like to find out more about our approach to recovery then you can sign up to our free bulimia recovery course now and see what recovery at Bulimia Help is all about!
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