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Will Laxatives Impair My Ability To Build Muscle?


#1

I was wondering as I have IBS and I’m currently unemployed which makes drinking milk a good option for mass, Lots of Food can constipate me and the probiotics that worked (Symprove) if any IBS-C’ers want to know averages around £16 a week but I have 2 bottles of lactulose laxatives, should I use them?


#2

I would be working out why/what foods constipate you and work on managing that rather than living on laxatives.

EDIT: just saw the IBS part.


#3

Yeah I tried an SCD diet, definitely not good for bulking at all and it is so expensive

EDIT: Don’t plan to live off laxatives, going to get my powerful pro biotics once I’m working again.


#4

Ever tried to ferment your own food? (Kefir, sauerkrauts, etc)
Might help and is cheaper in the long run


#5

ever tried glutamine? Look it up; can really help with IBS


#6

Won’t work as well, Yes Saurkrauts are full of bacteria but how many of those bacteria are live?, The probiotic I got was a liquid that I can put in the fridge.

May try it when I have more cash I just want to know if the laxatives will diminish my ability to make “gainz”.


#7

No, they will be alive.


#8

Trust me a lot of them aren’t I tried it, Symprove worked best for me.


#9

You need to make it yourself, then put in the fridge when its done fermenting


#10

I just want to know if I’m able to use the laxatives, as I’m a busy guy, I ate sauerkraut, Just want to use them as a temp as I find myself occupied a lot of the time


#11

Si or non?


#12

mate it’s pretty clear nobody knows.

Just take your medicine and make the best of it.


#13

I guess if the doctor offered me it it can’t be too bad.


#14

My brother has taken lactulose for a couple of decades for low bowel motility due to a spinal chord injury. As laxatives or stool softeners go its a pretty mild one.

Can’t remark on gains, given that he’s quadriplegic, but the muscles he can control are pretty well developed.