Lazy Bowel or Sluggish Bowel Syndrom

Do you suffer from Lazy Bowel or Sluggish Bowel Syndrome?


What is Lazy Bowel Syndrome?

Lazy bowel syndrome is a term that has been coined to describe constipation following the long term and/or excessive use of laxatives.

It is a rebound effect of using these drugs but may also just be an exacerbation of a pre-existing problem.  Lazy bowel syndrome is commonly seen in those with certain types of eating disorders, particularly anorexia nervosa and bulimia, where laxative use is seen as a means of purging and used in excess, even if the person did not suffer with constipation. Subsequent cessation of laxative use invariably causes some degree of constipation.  But it is not limited to eating disorders, Lazy Bowel is often also a result of medications taken for other ailments.

Normal bowel movements vary in frequency from person to person.  It is accepted that passing stool anywhere from 2 times a day, to 3 times a week is the norm.


Sluggish Bowel

With a sluggish bowel, the defecation reflexes and colonic motility are impaired. This means that the stretching of the colon wall associated with distension does not elicit the reflexes that are responsible for propelling the colonic contents. Defecation reflexes associated with food entering the stomach may also not stimulate mass movements in the colon under normal circumstances.

Eventually the accumulation of fecal matter stretches the colon wall excessively.  This elicits the natural reflexes to promote colonic motility and defecation. The distended colon (megacolon) loses its ability to create a propulsive force of sufficient magnitude for an easy passage of feces, leading to straining. At this point, the prolonged time period during which the feces remained in the colon leads to over-absorption of water from the colon. Therefore dry, hard feces are eventually evacuated from the bowel with much difficulty.

In order to pass stool, a person uses laxatives to induce bowel movements. Other means include an enema or colon cleansing where the introduction of water into the rectum and distal colon leads to excessive stretching and subsequently triggers the relevant reflexes and propulsive movements seen with defecation.


Treatment for a Lazy or Sluggish Bowel

For obvious reasons, the use of laxatives and enemas are not advisable as it compounds the problem further. The aim is to restore normal bowel habit and not induce a bowel movement.


Aloe 24/7 is an aloe drink made from organic aloe ferox pulp, water and citric acid – nothing else.  The process used to manufacture this product results in the natural sugars in the aloe – the key active components of this amazing plant – becoming thick and gelatinous. Aloe has been known for hundreds of years for its soothing and healing properties when used topically, but only in more recent years has its ability to offer similar benefits when consumed, come to the fore.  The fibre in the aloe, plus the gelly-like texture of the drink helps to ease the way for regular, comfortable bowel movements, without the purging effects of a laxative.


There is substantial anecdotal evidence available to corroborate claims that it can offer significant relief to sufferers from ailments such as Lazy or Sluggish Bowel, as well as constipation.  Here is one such testimonial from a young woman, living in Cape Town – Amanda’s Testimonial.