The Clinically Proven Laxative
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The active ingredient in Relaxa™
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Who Suffers from Constipation?

Constipation is a common condition that most people will experience at some point in their lifetime.

It can affect people at all stages of life; however, it becomes more common as we age.  This can be attributed to factors such as a slower metabolism, a less active lifestyle and use of certain prescription medicines.  In addition, statistics reveal that more women than men suffer from the condition – twice as many, in fact.  Pregnancy is a time when women often become constipated due to hormonal changes and the intestine being compressed by a growing baby.

While constipation is generally a temporary condition, the symptoms associated with it can be very uncomfortable and may negatively impact on their quality of life.

What is Constipation?

Constipation occurs when you don't have a bowel movement as often as you normally would, or when bowel movements become difficult or painful.

Normal stool is generally soft and is passed with ease.  During periods of constipation, stool is usually smaller, harder, drier, and can be painful to eliminate.

Symptoms of constipation include:

•  straining and/or difficulty passing stool
•  hard or lumpy stool
•  less frequent bowel movements
•  the sensation of having a full bowel even after a movement
•  abdominal bloating
•  general overall discomfort.

What Causes Constipation?

In most cases, constipation is caused by a change in lifestyle or diet.  Common causes of constipation include:

  • Not eating enough fibre
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Not having enough physical activity
  • Travel that disrupts your normal routine or diet
  • A busy schedule that causes you to postpone bowel movements
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Certain prescription medications, such as pain medications, antidepressants and diuretics*


*A health care practitioner can help you understand whether the medications you're taking cause constipation as a side effect.

How Can I Prevent Constipation?

Understanding the causes of constipation is an important first step to preventing it from occurring.  Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle are critical to your success.  In addition, using a gentle laxative like Relaxa™ can also help your body to relieve occasional constipation.

Actions you can take to deal with constipation:

  • Drink Lots of Water – staying hydrated helps to keep your digestive system moving.
  • Eat a High-Fibre Diet – well balanced meals with plenty of fibre-rich foods and snacks - such as unprocessed bran, whole grain bread and fresh fruits and vegetables - support an active and healthy digestive system.
  • Get Moving – creating an active lifestyle through regular exercise helps to keep you vibrant on the outside and moving on the inside.
  • Focus on Regular Bowel Movements – never put off a bowel movement or fight one if you have the urge to go, as this could weaken your colon muscles.
  • Relax with Relaxa™ - the clinically proven laxative that works with your body to gently relieve occasional constipation.

    This website is for information purposes only. If you have questions or concerns about symptoms you are experiencing, or wish to learn more about other treatment options talk to your doctor, pharmacist or other qualified healthcare professional.

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