A substance that stimulates stretch receptors in the bowels and promotes bowel movements.
• Sluggish bowels
• Chronic constipation
• Psyllium husk (Plantago psyllium)
• Ground flax (Linum usitatissimum) seeds
Mechanism of Action
• High in fiber - absorbs water and expands
• Makes the stool more malleable
• Stimulates stretch receptors to stimulate peristalsis
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