Technically speaking, coconut oil is not a laxative. It, however, does help to stimulate bowel movement.
Most laxatives work to help absorb water into the stool causing it to soften up so that it can easily "slide" through the wavy "tunnel" and get out of the "dirty place". However, many constipation sufferers are still not getting their freedom with laxatives because it could be their sluggish bowels that are causing the problem, in addition to not having adequate water intake to create the bulk and soften the stool.
This makes coconut oil a popular solution for relieving constipation because coconut oil can turn a sluggish bowel into a hyperactive bowel. Thanks to its medium-chain fatty acids that are capable of achieving that since these compounds can easily break through the barrier and penetrate cells without much difficulty.
When they enter the cells, they convert to energy and power up the cells to help regain normal intestinal muscle contractions upon stimulation by bulk.
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Coconut oil does help to make you poop, but not all people taking coconut oil get to poop easily. That's because coconut oil works more effectively on people who have sluggish bowels.
For example, you may have taken good loads of fiber (from fruits and vegetables) and you drink 8 glass of water every day. You exercise regularly as well. However, you still find hard to poop. This is a sign of sluggish bowels.
Coconut oil can make you poop more easily in this case because it can power up your intestinal cells and help gather more water in your stools to stimulate muscle contractions on your bowels.
But if your intestines are inflamed due to ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis, then it may take longer for coconut oil to take its effect on moving bowels. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties as well. So, what coconut oil does is it will first help to reduce the inflammation in your intestines and if it has excess fatty acids left then these compounds will help to move your bowels.
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Constipation is mainly caused by factors like lack of fiber intake, too much fiber intake, insufficient fluid to soften the stool, stress, or sluggish bowels. Of course, some medications can dry up your fluid and cause constipation too.
If you have taken a good amount of fiber-rich food and drink plenty of water and you're just as relax as leaves on a tree but yet you're still constipated, then your constipation is likely caused by a sluggish bowel system.
Coconut oil is particularly good for constipation that is caused by sluggish bowels because its high content of medium-chain fatty acids can energize your bowels and make the muscles move vigorously so as to help push the waste through your intestines easily.
On top of that, when coconut oil breaks down into glycerols (aka glycerin molecules – active ingredient for rectal laxatives) and different chains of fatty acids, these glycerols can help to draw water into your intestines to soften the dry, hard waste so that it gets to slide through your gut effortlessly.
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