stools. Thursday , April 27th , 2017 - 16:25:07 PM
Stool softeners, unlike laxatives are not habit-forming and are used on short-term basis, till bowel movements are regularized. They only soften the stool and do not stimulate bowel movements. There are various natural stool softeners, as well as over-the-counter drugs to soften stool. Let's have a look!
Algae plays a potent role in causing this condition as they consist essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that are dedicated to improving the defense mechanisms, thereby helping one to feel healthy. Algae supplements when administered are known to be high in fiber content, due to which the stools may appear green. It could also be caused due to certain medications, such as iron supplements that change the color of stool drastically. Iron supplements are multivitamins having a high iron content, or even the inclusion of foods that are rich in iron, may cause green stool due to the body's incapability of absorbing excess iron. The body supplements the need by introducing iron salts into the system due to which its color may turn green.
Taking stool softeners during pregnancy is considered to be safe. The active ingredients in the stool softeners are not absorbed by the body, unless it is taken in large dosages. Therefore, it does not have an adverse effect on the growing baby. However, it is important that stool softeners be taken after consulting your health care professional. Same is the case with taking any other kind of laxatives. The health care professional will take your health into consideration, before recommending a stool softener or any other laxative to you.
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