What exactly is the bowel?
  • The bowel also known as the colon is a part of the digestive system. More specifically the colon is part of the large intestine. The large intestine is the final part of the digestive system. We all have an idea of what happens in the digestive system. The bites of food that we consume orally starts by being chewed and swallowed. After that the upper GI - the stomach gives the food an acid wash to break it down. Once it's broken down the colon - large intestine - bowel starts to do the finish work. Good bacteria and digestive enzymes reduce the food to a molecular level and seperate the nutrition from the waste. Once the nutrition is seperated it is absorbed into the blood stream to deliver energy and vitality to the whole body.
What does the bowel do?
  • Its function is to reabsorb fluids and process waste products from the body and prepare for its elimination. The colon consists of four parts: descending colon, ascending colon, transverse colon, and sigmoid colon.
Why is it important to have regular bowel movements?
  • A healthy bowel movement is:
    • A healthy bowel movement is defined as the elimination of feces from the body. The feces should have a consistancy that allows elimination without strain and should also be solid not liquid. If the feces is too hard it can require strain to push it out. This condition is often referred to as constipation. Sometimes constipation can cause a person to retain rather than eliminate the feces from the body. Constipation has other issues that come with it that will be discussed later. Feces that is eliminated in the form of liquid is called diarrhea. Often times diarrhea is the result of consuming food that might be tainted and doesn't agree with your constitution (digestion system). When tainted food is eated the body liquifies it for immeadiate elimination.
  • The importance of REGULAR BOWEL MOVEMENTS. 
    • The scientists and doctors who study the feces in human bowel movements have found that it's the byproduct of a diverse community of bacteria in your gut that impacts your health in all sorts of ways. Paying closer attention to your stool can tell you about the condition of these vital bacteria — and your overall health.
    • There are also other things that are being eliminiate. The feces or stool consists of waste products that are being eliminated from the body. It may include undigested food particles, bacteria, salts, sulphers and other substances. All of the toxins preservatives and other undigestable matter in the food that we eat are also eliminated through as a part of the fecal matter. If a person thinks about it the purpose of elimination should be obvious. Anything that shouldn't be in the body or that might cause harm to the body needs to be eliminated. Thus the importance of a regular, healthy bowel movement is paramount to a person's overall health.
What are the most common bowel issues?
  • Constipation: con·sti·pa·tion (kŏn'stə-pā'shən) n.
    • Difficult, incomplete, or infrequent evacuation of dry hardened feces from the bowels.
    • Obstruction; stultification.
  • Diarrhea: di·ar·rhe·a (dīəˈrēə) n.
    • A condition in which feces are discharged from the bowels frequently and in a liquid form. 
What causes constipation?
  • Being constipated means your bowel movements are tough or happen less often than normal. Almost everyone goes through it at some point.
  • Constipation usually occurs when stools remain in the colon (large intestine) for too long, and the colon absorbs too much water from the stools, causing them to become hard and dry.
    • The movement of the hard dry stool through the bowel requires serious effort. The stool causing the blockage can also be very uncomfortable.
  • What Are the Symptoms?
    • Few bowel movements
    • Trouble having a bowel movement (straining to go)
    • Hard or small stools
    • A sense that everything didn’t come out
    • Belly bloating
    • You also may feel like you need help to empty your bowels, such as pressing on or massaging your belly.
What are some easy natural ways to get relief from constipation?
  • Drink two to four extra glasses of water a day, unless your doctor told you to limit fluids for another reason.
    • The extra liquid will possibly rehydrate the fecal matter and allow it to finish moving through the bowel.
  • Add fruits and vegetables to your diet.
    • Fruits and vegetables are an excellant source of fiber. Fiber assists with healthy bowel movements.
  • Eat prunes and bran cereal.
    • Prunes are dried plums which are considered to be a super fruit. Prune are considered to be very good for your overall health because of the antioxidants and because of the laxative effects they have on the digestive tract. Prunes are effective laxatives because of their high sorbitol content.
  • Exercise most days of the week.
    • When you move your body, the muscles in your intestines are more active, too.
  • Don’t ignore the urge to poop. (ENOUGH SAID!!!)

What is a laxative?
  • Laxative: (lăk'sə-tĭv) n.
    • A food or drug that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
  • adj: Stimulating evacuation of the bowels.
    • Causing looseness or relaxation, especially of the bowels.
  • History: [Middle English, from Old French laxatif, from Medieval Latin laxātīvus, preventing constipation, from Late Latin, assuaging, from Latin laxātus, past participle of laxāre, to relax, from laxus, loose.]
It is very obvious that by definition there is a very specific action that is required before a food or drug can be considered to be a laxative. There are several different kinds of laxatives on the market today. Some of them are chemically based, such as drugs, both over the counter (OTC) and prescription and others are in food groups such as dried fruits or herbs.
Laxatives can also be grouped by mechanism of action.
  • Saline cathartics, include dibasic sodium phosphate, magnesium citrate, magnesium hydroxide, magnesium sulfate, sodium biphosphate, and others. They act by attracting and holding water in the intestinal lumen, and may produce a watery stool. Magnesium sulfate is the most potent in this group. The
  • Hyperosmotic laxatives are either glycerin or lactulose. They both act by holding water within the intestine. Lactulose may also increase peristaltic action of the intestine.
  • A Docusate, is the only real stool softener. It holds water in the fecal mass, creating a larger, softer stool. The issue here is that docusates have no effect on constipation since it must be present in the digestive tract before the fecal mass forms to have any effect. It may however, be useful for prevention of recurrent constipation or for those who are about to take a constipating drug, such as narcotic analgesics.
  • A Stimulant, laxative increases the peristaltic movement of the intestine. Some examples are Cascara Sagrada and Bisadocyl. Castor oil also works in a similar fashion. Peristaltic movement is the rhythmic contraction of the peristaltic muscles which surround the intestine. The rhythmic contractions move the food through the digestive tract, through the colon and out of the bowel.
  • Bulk producing laxatives or fiber increase the volume of the stool, and will both soften the stool and increase motility. Psyllium and methylcellulose are examples of this type. The overall effect is similar to that of eating high fiber foods, this class and the stimulant class,(in moderation) of laxatives are the most suitable for regular use.

Herbs that contribute to bowel health.

Senna Seed:

  • Traditionally people in northern Africa and southwestern Asia have used senna as a laxative for centuries. It was considered a "cleansing" herb because of its cathartic (purging - cleansing) effect.
  • Senna is an FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) laxative. A prescription is not required to purchase senna. It is used to treat constipation and also to clear the bowel before diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy.
  • Senna contains many chemicals called sennosides. Sennosides affect the lining of the bowel, which causes a laxative effect.
  • In a report titled; Is Senna Laxative Use Associated to Cathartic Colon, Genotoxicity, or Carcinogenicity?  Published online 2009 Sep 10. doi: 10.1155/2009/287247 in The Journal of Toxicology it states: 'Due to their natural origin, apparent low oral toxicity, effectiveness, and accessibility without a medical prescription, the [sennoside] laxatives are a popular remedy for constipation.'

Cascara Sagrada:

  • The literal Spanish translation of Cascara Segrada is Sacred Bark.
    • This is the name given to the plant by the Spanish Priests.
      • There are two possible reasons for the name.
      • One is that the bark was dried and used as a laxative or purgative by the priests.
      • The other is that the wood closely resembles the wood used to build the ark of the covenant.
  • Cascara Sagrada has active componants called anthraquinones. These are thought to be the reason that Cascara is an effective laxative. They stimulate the peristoltic muscles and thereby assist in the elimination of fecal matter from the colon.
  • Constipation relief is cascara sagrada’s best known possible benefit. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • A 2002 study published in Life Sciences researched the effects of aloe-emodin, a component of cascara, on two human liver cancer cell lines, Hep G2 and Hep 3B. The researchers found that aloe-emodin inhibited cancer cell proliferation and induced apoptosis (programmed cell death) in both cell lines, concluding that aloe-emodin “may be useful in liver cancer prevention.” (Study Link

Aloe Vera:

  • Aloe vera has been known for its healing properties for at least 6,000 years. In the early days, the plant was known for being a “plant of immortality” and was presented to Egyptian pharaohs as a funeral gift.
  • Over time, groups from many geographical areas have used aloe vera, including Indians, Chinese, Mexicans, and North Americans.
  • There are two medicinally useful parts of the aloe vera plant.
    • First, the leaves are filled with a clear gel. This gel is extracted from the plant and usually used on the skin to treat burns and various skin conditions. The gel can also be found in liquid or capsule form and taken orally.
    • The second substance the plant produces is called aloe latex. This is the yellow pulp that’s found just under the outer part of the plant leaf. Aloe latex has been shown to have laxative properties, and it’s usually taken orally to treat constipation.
  • Aloe latex contains aloin, which is an anthraquinone that gives aloe vera its laxative properties and may help treat constipation. (NIH Report Link)
  • The healing properties and the laxative properties of Aloe Vera are both vital in the process of a healthy colon cleanse.

The studies sited above are for informational purposes only. They do not reflect or relate to the performance or purpose of any products that contain similar materials.

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10/17/2018 - 04:56:19 PM
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SUPER LAX- Natural Formula That Gives a Little Extra Push When You Need It.

Grandma's Herbs SUPER LAX is an all-natural, expertly formulated herbal formula. SUPER LAX is gentle, effective and non-habit forming. Some herbs in this unique combination are for cleansing the bowel, and some are for soothing and toning. SUPER LAX is our most popular and requested herbal combination which has given thousands of people just what they are looking for.

SUPER LAX is gentle enough to use every day. It is ideal for traveling when our body’s system tends to get out of its normal function and needs gentle, push without worrying about having to be close to a restroom. This is our number one selling product, because it really works!

What are the side effects?

  • More energy!
  • Help with weight loss and bloaty feeling. 
  • Better health and wellbeing.

Grandma’s Herbs has a tried and true formula that has helped countless customers! Why does it work so well?

  • Super-Lax has herbs that stimulate the peristaltic muscles that surround the bowel.
  • This unique blend of herbs was formulated to assist the body’s normal bowel function.
  • Good bowel movements target and eliminate harmful toxins.
  • While some of the herbs address cleansing the bowel, we also have herbs that soothe and tone the bowel, adding to its effectiveness.
  • It is gentle, effective and non-habit forming!
This awesome formula was ahead of its time and has been our #1 product for #2 for over forty years.

What's Included:

  • 1 Bottle of Grandma's Herbs SUPER LAX
    • 100 Capsules - 476 mg.

Product Features:

  • Gentle, Effective for Temporary Bouts With Constipation
  • This all natural formula is especially good for cleansing the bowel.
  • It is not habit forming cleansing action.


  • Take 1 capsule the first night, then 2 the second night and continue to increase but do not excede 4 capsules per night. The goal is to have 1 or 2 comfortable bowel movements a day. One capsule may be all you need to get the desired results. Some people need 3 or 4 per night. We recommend you increase by one capsule each day and find out what works best for you, your body makeup and your eating habits.


  • Cascara Sagrada (bark), Psyllium (seeds), Senna (herb), Turkey Rhubarb (root), Aloe Vera (leaf), Barberry (root), Slippery Elm (bark)