One of the things that both my PM and my Dentist have said to me, are any medicines including all narcotics and muscle relaxers, because of their properties they not only cause constipation by 'slowing down' the intestines....they also 'draw away' water in our bodies....so this causes dehydration of our bowels, mouth, and skin..
So this ends up causing dry mouth which is harmful to our teeth....I have had 4 cracked/broken teeth in the last two years due to my medicine. My Dentist has said to use Trident..ONLY with Xylitol in it..to help keep my mouth have more saliva, and use of Biotene mouthwash...This is specifically for dry mouth and issues with teeth.
I also drink anywhere from 14-20 glasses of water a day...I do NOT drink any sodas...sugar or not.. and maybe a glass of iced tea every so often..and only one cup of coffee in the am....I stick to water all day, everyday.
Water also helps people who take an antidepressant or nerve pain medicine that can lead to weight gain because those meds make you retain water....so drinking more water along with lowering your salt intake and less simple carbohydrates, this actually helps flush out your system and keep your weight in check.
So, not only has water helped my bowel movements....it's helped my energy level and it keeps the side effects of the medicines I take to be minimal...
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
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