Rules for taking slabile before fasting

For those who only learn fasting, it is necessary to follow all recommendations for its correct application. Accept laxatives, treat one of the important procedures used in this method of treatment and recovery.

On the eve of fasting in the evening, it is best to take a laxative before going to bed and completely stop eating. Most often this is used magnesium sulfate / Epson salt / и sodium sulfate / Glauber's salt.

These drugs are available in the form of powder in bags of 25 grams. For an adult, a single sachet diluted in a glass of water is usually sufficient for a mild, relaxing effect. However, sometimes this amount of the drug does not cause a proper laxative effect. In this case, its amount can be increased to 40-50 grams per glass of water.

It is very important to test the effect of the drug at least a week before the onset of starvation. This will give you the opportunity to choose the right dose and determine the effectiveness of the drug in your case.

In addition, you need to know that the effect of saline laxatives can be accelerated by prescribing them with plenty of drink (2-3 glasses of warm water), preferably on an empty stomach. Reception of saline laxatives after meals is inappropriate, because in this case, they do not enter the intestine immediately, but in parts, as a result of which the osmotic pressure necessary for the development of the laxative effect in its lumen is not created.

The effect of magnesium sulphate occurs usually in 4-6 hours after administration and is manifested in the appearance of a soft stool.

If you develop diarrhea after taking a salt laxative, then you need to reduce its dose in 1,5-2 times.

Remember, a laxative before starvation should only cause light laxative effect. The development of diarrhea can adversely affect the health in the early days of starvation, especially in beginners.

It is also necessary to take into account contraindications for taking laxatives, as well as possible complications resulting from their use.

So, saline laxatives contraindicated pregnant women, during menstruation, with hypersensitivity to the drug, hypermagnesemia, intestinal obstruction, acute inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

С caution should be used magnesium sulfate and sodium sulfate in acute hemorrhoids, anal channel cracks, inflammatory changes and ulcerative lesions of the lower gastrointestinal tract, kidney and heart failure.

Another important warning - Any laxatives during the fasting are categorically forbidden!! The irritation of saline laxatives of the stomach and intestines can lead to the development of such unpleasant phenomena as diarrhea, vomiting, and colic pain in the abdomen. And although much of the same magnesium sulphate is excreted along with the feces, 20% is absorbed into the bloodstream and, if used during prolonged fasting, can cause dangerous disturbances in water-salt metabolism with convulsions, heart rhythm disturbances, up to loss of consciousness. 

Thus, we can formulate the basic rules for taking laxatives in fasting practice:

First: laxative is taken before starvation to purify the gastrointestinal tract. It is best to do this in the evening before fasting on an empty stomach.

Second: it is recommended to choose the correct dose of laxative and the way it is taken. The laxative should cause a mild laxative effect and in no case, not diarrhea.

Thirdly: if for some reason the effect of a laxative does not come, re-taking a laxative is not recommended. It is better to just make an enema.

Fourthly: taking laxatives during fasting categorically forbidden, especially after an acidotic crisis. 

In conclusion, it should be noted that if, for some reason, the laxative is not possible, it can be replaced without its severe damage to starvation with an enema that is carried out on the eve of fasting.

In addition, the use of laxative in no case replaces the use of enemas during fasting, especially in beginners.

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