ALL ABOUT LAXATIVES (Biguerlai Tea and BioFit Tea Review)

Hey everyone! I am back with another informative blog post. This time, its all about Laxatives or otherwise known as Purgatives. The reason behind me writing about Laxatives would include the fact that summer is just around the corner here in the Philippines. This is because summer practically starts as soon as classes are over and that can be as early as March. Well, considering its almost summer, slimming products are a must have during this time of the year because almost everyone wants to look good in that bikini or beach body. I mean, hello? Who doesn’t want to look good even in their birthday suit, right? That’s why I decided to write about a  common slimming product that most Filipinos use during summer. Since that’s the case, I handpicked two of the most popular slimming teas, which would be none other than Biguerlai and BioFit Tea. 🙂

I don’t know with you but most Filipinos really turn to Laxatives during summer time, and this blog basically aims to explain the reason why. Also, this blog aims to at least provide a general background about Laxatives and how it should be used properly and what not. So shall we get started?

So first off, what is a Laxative?

According to Amber J. Tresca (2013) of http://ibdcrohns.about.com, “A laxative is any substance that affects the intestines in a way that facilitates a bowel movement. For mild constipation, a natural laxative or a bulk-forming laxative might be helpful in promoting a bowel movement.” Moreover, Tresca (2013) added that, “Laxative medications are typically given in liquid, pill, or suppository form and may be prescribed to treat constipation that is not responding to other treatments. The use of laxatives (except bulk-forming laxatives) on a regular basis is typically not recommended, except in certain circumstances and on the advice of a physician. A physician will be able to make the determination as to which laxative will be most effective in each particular case.”

Now that you know what Laxatives are, let’s now move on to the Different Types of Laxatives which would include the following:

Tresca (2013) indicated in her article the several types of laxatives are available over-the-counter in drug store such as:

  • Bulk-forming laxatives (such as FiberCon, Metamucil, and Citrucel) are made of a type of fiber that is not absorbed by the intestine, but instead passes through it. This has the effect of absorbing water and softening stool, which makes having a bowel movement easier. Bulk-forming laxatives can be safely used long-term.
  • Emollient laxatives called “stool softeners” allow more fat and water into the stool, which makes the stool softer and easier to pass.
  • Lubricant laxatives, such as mineral oil, work by coating the stool in an oil, which makes it difficult for water to be withdrawn. The extra water helps to keep the stool soft.
  • Hyperosmotic laxatives, such as milk of magnesia or Epsom salt, aid digestion by causing more water to be drawn into the intestine to keep stool soft.
  • Stimulant laxatives, such as castor oil, cause the movement of the intestines (peristalsis) to speed up, and stool is passed through at a faster than normal rate.
  • Natural laxatives are foods that tend to have mild laxative properties, such as prunes. Other foods that may help relieve constipation include prune juice, figs, licorice, rhubarb, and foods that are high in fiber.

Now that you know what the different types of Laxatives are, let’s move on to the common side effects that this drug has. I will also indicate the possible consequences this poses to people who are using them for weight loss.

SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS OF USING LAXATIVES:

The website NHS.UK (n.d.) stated that Laxatives can cause side effects, which vary between the different types.

For example:

  • bulk-forming laxatives can cause bloating and flatulence (wind)
  • stimulant laxatives can cause abdominal (tummy) pain; using them for long periods of time can result in a weakened or ‘lazy’ bowel
  • osmotic laxatives can cause abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence
  • stool softener laxatives can cause abdominal cramps, a feeling like you are going to be sick (nausea) and a skin rash

Make sure you stay well hydrated when taking laxatives by drinking plenty of fluids. At least two litres (six to eight glasses) of water a day is recommended.

Less common side effects include:

  • being sick (vomiting)
  • dizziness – do not drive or use tools or machinery if you feel dizzy
  • passing blood out with your stools
  • fainting

If you experience any of these less common side effects then stop taking the laxatives and contact your GP for advice.

Avoiding long-term use

In most cases, you should only take laxatives occasionally and on a short-term basis. Using laxatives frequently or every day can be harmful.

Using laxatives on a long-term basis can make your body dependent on them, so your bowel no longer functions properly without the medication.

Overusing laxatives can also cause:

– diarrhoea

– dehydration

– unbalanced levels of salts and minerals in your body

If you need to use laxatives more regularly, or if you have been taking them for more than a week, see your GP for advice.

LAXATIVES FOR WEIGHT LOSS (CONSEQUENCES)

The website, Fitday.com (n.d.) indicated that the other serious possible consequences from taking laxatives to lose weight are:

1. Stomach Cramps

Laxatives can cause painful stomach cramps. Because of this, it is important to choose a gentle laxative that specifically states that is does not cause cramps.

2. Nausea

Laxatives can cause nausea in some people, which is an uncomfortable feeling that can last for up to 3 days after taking a laxative.

3. Vomiting

Vomitting can occur with laxative use because the medication in the laxatives upset the lining in the stomach.

4. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common side effect of laxative use. This is dangerous because it can lead to dehydration.

5. Rectal bleeding

Frequent laxative use can cause rectal bleeding. This is a side effect of frequentbowel movements and/or diarrhea.

6. Fainting

Fainting can occur with laxative use. This normally happens when a person becomes very weak from diarrhea and dehydration.

7. Dizziness

Laxative use can cause dizziness. Again, this side effect is usually caused by dehydration.

8. Electrolyte Imbalance & Dehydration 

Electrolytes are important to the functioning human body. Laxative use causes loss of important electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, and sodium. A long-term electrolyte imbalance can lead to an electrolyte disorder. Some of the symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance include muscle fatigue, mental changes, cramping, irregular heart beat and even death. Also, chronic diarrhea creates a loss of water which can lead to dehydration, which is a life threatening situation. Dehydration can cause weakness, blurry vision, fainting, kidney damage and death.

9. Damage to Intestinal Functioning

Consistent use of laxatives as a method for dieting can cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract, which can be permanent. Chronic use of laxatives can lead to a loss in the proper functioning of the tract. The body becomes habituated to the laxative doses. Once laxative use is halted, the intestines can slow down and lose their ability to remove food from the body. This, in turn, can lead to severe constipation. Also, the nerve endings which surround the large intestines are changed by chronic laxative use, causing them to no longer respond to stimulation. This creates a cycle of requiring larger doses of laxatives to create a bowel movement.

Now that you have a background on Laxatives, I will now go into detail with regard to the most popular kind of Laxative here in the Philippines which is none other than Senna.

So what is Senna?

According to Amy Long Carrera (n.d.) of http://healthyeating.sfgate.com, “Senna is a yellow-flowered plant that typically grows in India and China. The leaves of the senna plant are used in non-prescription medicines and herbal supplements to treat constipation. There is not enough research to rate senna as effective for other health concerns, such as hemorrhoids or weight loss, according to the National Institutes of Health. Exercise caution when using senna to relieve constipation.”

What is Senna used for?

According to WebMD (n.d.), “Senna is Likely Effective for constipation. Taking senna orally is effective for short-term treatment of constipation. Senna is an FDA-approved nonprescription drug for adults and children ages 2 years and older. However, in children ages 3-15 years, mineral oil and a medication called lactulose might be more effective. In elderly people, senna plus psyllium is more effective than lactulose for treating ongoing constipation.”

Furthermore, WebMD (n.d.) states that, “Senna is Possibly Effective for bowel preparation before colonoscopy. Taking senna by mouth might be effective for bowel cleansing before colonoscopy; however, sodium phosphate or polyethylene glycol are more effective.”

Lastly, WebMD (n.d.) indicated that, Senna has Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Irritable bowel disease.
  • Losing weight.
  • Other conditions.

Side Effects and Safety Use of Senna:

According to Cathy Wong (2013) of http://altmedicine.about.com, “Senna should not be used for more than seven consecutive days unless under a doctor’s supervision. It should not be used to get a daily bowel movement.” Furthermore, Carrera (n.d.) adds that, “Senna can cause diarrhea, which may lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. You may experience nausea or vomiting, although these issues are less common. Some people may be allergic to senna leaves. The color of your urine may change while you are taking senna laxatives, but should go back to normal when you stop. Avoid using senna for long periods of time, as chronic use may impair the normal function of your colon, cautions the American Cancer Society. Consult with your doctor before using senna if you are pregnant or nursing.”

To know more about the side effects, uses and recommendations of both Senna and Laxatives, please do visit the following websites to be listed down at the end of this blog. 🙂

So now that you know what Senna and Laxatives are, let’s move on to the review, shall we?

Biguerlai Tea:

BIGUERLAI

BioFit Tea:

BIOFIT

SIMILARITIES:

  • Aids Constipation
  • Both should be steeped for 15-20mins
  • Both contain 75% (1.5g) Senna Leaves/Fruits and 25% (0.5g) Senna Pods
  • Both claim to reduce surplus fats, weight and excess body fluids
  • Both are Laxatives
  • Only one cup a day for both teas

DIFFERENCES:

  • Biguerlai is more expensive for it costs about Php 38.00 to 40.00 depending on which local drugstore you purchase it from.
  • BioFit Tea is cheaper for it only costs Php 29.00 for both Mercury Drugstore and SouthStar Drug.
  • BioFit Tea claims to promote a slimmer and sexy figure with continued use.
  • Biguerlai comes with a precaution while BioFit Tea doesn’t have any.
  • Biguerlai Tea should be placed in 200ml cup of lukewarm water while BioFit Tea only indicated that it should be steeped using hot water.
  • With Biguerlai, the taste of the Senna Fruits/Leaves and Pods are more evident as compared to BioFit Tea
  • Biguerlai works faster for you could easily feel as if you need to go to the restroom as soon as you wake up.

Which one do I recommend?

Personally, I do recommend that you use the Biguerlai Tea instead of the BioFit one it contains a precaution with regard to how the product is to be used by someone. Medically speaking, it is always advisable to take in products/drugs that have a precaution written on the packaging itself for this will help people know how it should be taken. Moreover, it is also best to invest in a brand that has been around in the market for quite some time already because this only goes to show that it is very effective. 🙂

READ ME:

I ONLY RECOMMEND THIS TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING CONSTIPATION AND OTHER ABDOMINAL DISEASE THAT PREVENTS ANYONE FROM HAVING FREQUENT STOOLS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 🙂

Well, that’s it, everyone. I hope you have found this blog post as informative as possible. If you have any comments, adverse reactions and the like, feel free to comment down below. Again, all my comments are subject to approval because I tend to overlook them at times. 🙂 Thank you very much for reading! I hope you have an amazing day wherever you are! Take care and God bless you always! ❤

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY

Xoxo,

Makeup Artist ♥

Sources and Works Cited:

– http://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/Glossary/g/Laxatives.htm

– http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-652-SENNA.aspx?activeIngredientId=652&activeIngredientName=SENNA

– http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/senna.htm
– http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Laxatives/Pages/Cautions.aspx

– http://www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-health/all-about-laxatives.aspx

– http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/weight-loss/taking-laxatives-to-lose-weight-9-possible-consequences.html#b

– http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-side-effects-senna-leaves-9043.html

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FACTS ABOUT SPIRULINA + REVIEW ON PURITAN’S PRIDE SPIRULINA 500mg AND MORE

Hey everyone! I am back with another blog post and this time, its about Spirulina and the numerous health benefits of this so called “superfood”. Hihi. I know this sounds quite odd coming from a beauty blogger but since the trend now focuses on the idea of health and wellness, I think its just right that I post a blog related to it as well. Besides, this can be beneficial to those people suffering from numerous skin deceases and the like. Who knows? This blog just might help you get that perfect skin paired with that super healthy and fit body, right? 🙂

So first of all, what is Spirulina? According to Joanne Marie (n.d.) of healthyeating.sfgate.com, “Spirulina is a type of blue green algae. These tiny, one-celled organisms are actually bacteria, not algae, but because they live in water, contain chlorophyll and are a blue-green color, they were originally classified as algae. Also called cyanobacteria, blue green algae such as spirulina are extremely high in protein nutrients. Besides being nutritious, spirulina may have additional benefits for your health.”

(Source: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/spirulina-used-for-5489.html)

Now that you know what Spirulina is, let’s go to the good part where I mention some of the great health benefits this blue green algae brings us humans. As stated by Cathy Wong, ND (2013)  in her article entitled as,  Spirulina: Health Benefits, Uses, Side Effects & More, “Spirulina contains a number of nutrients, including B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene, and vitamin E. Spirulina is high in protein and also contains antioxidants, minerals, and chlorophyll.”

Cathy Wong, ND (2013) also listed some of the Health Benefits, Uses, Side Effects and Information about Safety purposes with regard to Spirulina which would include:

Health Benefits of Spirulina

  • 1) Allergies

    Spirulina holds some promise in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies), according to a research review published in 2009. Indeed, a previously published study of patients with allergic rhinitis found several benefits for spirulina consumption (including improvement in symptoms like nasal discharge, sneezing, congestion, and itching).

  • 2) Diabetes

    In a 2008 study involving 37 people with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that those assigned to 12 weeks of spirulina supplementation experienced a significant reduction in blood-fat levels. Spirulina benefits also included a decrease in inflammation and, for some patients, a decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • 3) Oral Cancer

    Spirulina may offer some protection against oral cancer, according to one small study of tobacco chewers with precancerous oral lesions. For 12 months, study members took either a daily dose of spirulina or a placebo. By the study’s end, the lesions cleared up in 20 of the 44 participants who’d consumed spirulina (compared to three of the 43 participants who’d been assigned to the placebo group).

  • 4) Weight Loss

    Despite widespread marketing claims that spirulina can suppress appetite, there is insufficient evidence to show that spirulina can boost weight loss.

    Common Uses for Spirulina

    Spirulina proponents claim that the benefits of spirulina include treatment and/or prevention of the following health problems:

    • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
    • cancer
    • fatigue
    • high cholesterol
    • viral infections

    Purported spirulina benefits also include weight loss and stimulation of the immune system.

    Side Effects

    Although few adverse effects are associated with use of spirulina, consuming spirulina may cause headache, muscle pain, sweating, and insomnia in some cases.

    Safety

    As with all supplements, it’s also important to consult your health-care provider before using spirulina in combination with other medications and/or supplements.

(Source: http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/spirulina.htm)

Now that you know some of the health benefits this blue green algae brings to us, let’s go ahead and start on the review. If you are following me on Instagram and Twitter, you’d know that my boyfriend, Patrick recently got me a bottle of Spirulina manufactured by Puritan’s Pride.  The product information will be listed below via pictures so you will have a better idea of what this product looks like and  what its claims are.

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So on my first day of taking this product, I have consumed 3 tablets 30 mins prior to taking my first meal. This is because some claim that this suppresses your appetite naturally. So going into the bandwagon, I decided to follow that and take it as is. After 30 mins, inevitably I ate my first meal and I didn’t pretty much feel anything. Why so? Its because I portion control my food intake on a daily basis and I do count my calories as well. Basically, the 30 mins before meals didn’t really pretty much do anything to me. However, after eating, like about 3 hours later, I felt really excited and energetic. It was as if someone had injected some kind of energy boost to my system. Thus, I began to read on the product and there I found out that it also boosts your energy level. I guess that’s a pretty good thing though if you are also into fitness because loads amount of energy really is what you need to keep you going. Moving on, I took again the same 3 tablets 30 mins before my next meal and I felt the same as well. I can’t really claim that it will suppress your appetite because again, I do count my calories. Nonetheless, what I can say is that it really makes you energetic throughout the day. I honestly do not follow the normal dosage of this product which would be 9 tablets a day simply because I want to save on the supplement and consume it on a longer period of time. That is why I cut down on my intake of this product and just took in about 6 tablets daily. Two days after taking in the same product with pretty much the same dosage, I began to feel the need to visit the restroom the moment I wake up and before going to bed. I guess its because it has somehow aided my body in the removal of unwanted toxins. Hence, making my visit to the restroom worthwhile.

So there you have it, that would probably just be my personal view on this blue green algae. I am still trying to see what other changes it may bring to my body in the long run. Yes, that would be basically what this blog will contain because I just really wanted to share my experience on this and well, hear from you guys if you also have had the same experience with this product or with Spirulina per se.

BIG QUESTION: DO I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT?

YES, I do recommend that you take in Spirulina IF AND ONLY IF YOU HAVE CONSULTED YOUR DOCTOR OR LOCAL PHYSICIAN ABOUT IT. I personally do not want to recommend something that does not work or may bring people numerous side effects. Hence, I always research on the product before I write about it. However, if you are experiencing what I have listed above and you think this will be helpful to you, I suggest that you purchase this bottle or the drug itself manufactured by a different company.

Well that is about it, people! I will list below some websites wherein you guys could get additional information about Spirulina. You guys can check it out when you have the time. That’s all for now. Thank you for reading! I hope you found this information very helpful. Hit me up on the comment bar below if you want me to do a review on a certain product and what not! 🙂

HELPFUL SITES FOR ADDED INFORMATION:

Thank you so much again for reading and God bless you always!

#TOGODBEALLTHEGLORY

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

THE MAKEUP ARTIST POSES

Hey everyone! What’s up? I know I haven’t posted anything in here for a very long time, and I do apologize for that because I have been busy with my fitness goals and studies. I am finally going to graduate next year (2014) at the University of Santo Tomas. My course is, AB Economics, for those who don’t know yet. Well, anyway, I just wanted to share a few of my modeling pictures because I was finally given a chance to pose FOR THE FIRST TIME, after losing a lot of weight. Thanks to my trainer, Coach Mike Lagdameo from UP Diliman, and to my fitness coach, Ms. Jin Rufo. They’ve helped me a lot in terms of my weight loss journey that actually led me to meeting my new boyfriend, Mr. Patrick Anama. Yes, that’s how awesome these people are. Well, anyway, enough rambling because I do am planning on posting a different blog post on my weight loss journey soon. I don’t know when, but I will surely hit you guys up on Twitter when. Oh, and I don’t know if you guys caught me on TV, at Umagang Kay Ganda when I was chosen to “model” for David’s Salon. Oh well. Just let me know if you did. Anyway, here are the photos! ENJOY! ❤

Photographed By: Allan Lafuente

Photographed By: Allan Lafuente

The photo above with this pretty woman beside me is Ms. Jin Rufo, my fitness coach,  was taken last April of 2013.

Photographed By: Von Espina

Photographed By: Von Espina

Photographed By: Von Espina

Photographed By: Von Espina

Photographed By: Von Espina

Photographed By: Von Espina

This photo above was taken last June after my street shoot with Ms. Marlo Ramos and Mr. Von Espina.

Photographed by: Mea Oropesa

Photographed by: Mea Oropesa

This photo above was taken last September after my pre-debut shoot with Ms. Mea Oropesa.

Photographed By: Choy Palo

Photographed By: Choy Palo

Photographed By: Choy Palo

Photographed By: Choy Palo

Photographed By: Choy Palo

Photographed By: Choy Palo

This was taken last September after my shoot with  stylist, Ms. Yna Mendez and Mr. Choy Palo.

THANK YOU, DAVID'S SALON AND ABS-CBN'S UMAGANG KAY GANDA.

THANK YOU, DAVID’S SALON AND ABS-CBN’S UMAGANG KAY GANDA.

If you guys saw me on TV, let me know. But this was my shoot with David’s Salon last September.

Photographed By: Red Images

Photographed By: Red Images

The photo above was taken last September by Red Images.Inc after during my Graduation Picture Shoot.

Photographed By: Portia Ruiz

Photographed By: Portia Ruiz

Photographed By: Portia Ruiz

Photographed By: Portia Ruiz

The photo above was taken last October by Ms. Portia Ruiz after my shoot for GAC, the shop of stylist, Ms. Yna Mendez.

Photographed By: Mr. Kerwin Tan

Photographed By: Mr. Kerwin Tan

The photo above was a makeup look done by my Makeup Artist friend, Ms. Joti Ty that was photographed by her boyfriend, Mr. Kerwin Tan.

Photographed By: Mike Galang

Photographed By: Mike Galang

Photographed by: Michael Galang

Photographed by: Michael Galang

Photographed By: Michael Galang

Photographed By: Michael Galang

The last few photos were taken by Mr. Mike Galang, the boyfriend of Ms. Marlo Ramos last December 2013.

Thank you so much and good day to all of you! I missed blogging, by the way. I hope to have more time to share my experiences soon! That’s a promise! God bless you all! ❤

Xoxo,

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan, Freelance Aspiring Professional Makeup Artist ♥

Claire Stephanie P. Lingan,
Freelance Aspiring Professional
Makeup Artist ♥