Digestive disorders are often caused by a modern lifestyle and are linked to inadequate fluid intake, a diet lacking in fibre, overconsumption of dairy products, overuse of laxatives, and a lack of physical activity. Constipation may also be caused by medical conditions such as stress, pregnancy, taking some medications, and the poor motor function of the intestine.

When constipation occurs, most people seek quick relief and solutions. Many types of laxatives are available, but since they function in different ways, they should be used with caution. Some are more aggressive than others and cause stomach cramps, while long-term use can lead to lazy bowel syndrome.

To stimulate peristalsis or to prepare the colon for surgical or diagnostic procedures, Epsom salt is often used. Epsom salt, or magnesium sulphate, is commonly used as an osmotic laxative. This type of laxative is fairly safe for long-term use.

Epsom salt is also the main active ingredient of Donat Mg natural mineral water. Donat Mg can thus be classified as a laxative based on sulphate salts. It owes its natural laxative function to sulphate salts (magnesium sulphate, or Epsom salt, and sodium sulphate, or Glauber’s salt), as well as its high magnesium concentration of 1000 mg per litre.

Mode of use

Through osmosis, sulphates in Epsom salt draw water from the intestinal wall cells, thus increasing the volume of intestinal content by three to five times. This creates pressure on the intestinal wall and triggers peristalsis, or bowel movement. Furthermore, magnesium stimulates the release of intestinal hormones, which in turn boost peristalsis. Magnesium sulphate increases the water content in the intestinal lumen, thereby softening stool and facilitating its passage though the colon.

It has been clinically proven that drinking 0.5 L of Donat Mg daily can regulate digestion because of its natural Epsom salt content. Drink 0.3 L of Donat Mg in the morning on an empty stomach and 0.2 L in the evening before bed. Since the severity of constipation varies from person to person, intake might need to be adjusted.

Diet and lifestyle changes are the best long-term ways of managing constipation. Diet should contain enough fibre (around 20 g per day) to achieve adequate stool volume. We should drink enough fluids, maintain regular physical activity, and not delay going to the toilet. The intake of fibre should be increased gradually to avoid bloating and flatulence.