These days, it seems like more and more Americans are taking laxatives to combat constipation. Osmotic laxatives, like Miralax and Lactulose, are one of the most popular OTC options for this. What these types of laxatives do is fill the digestive tract with particles, which attract fluid inside the gut, flushing out the system and causing a bowel movement.
A new study looks to understand if these types of treatments are a free ride to improved digestion, or if the body is actually paying a price for these interventions. Let’s take a look at the results of this study, which was performed in mice.