Leann RimesIt's no secret that LeAnn Rimes has had her fair share of health issues within the last few years. Last year, the wife of Eddie Cibrian and arch nemesis of Real Housewife Brandi Glanville stepped out looking thinner than thin in a teeny bikini. More recently, pictures emerged of a recent vacation showcasing LeAnn's toned, healthier body -- I was proud of her (because we're besties, of course). But celebrity publicist Jonathon Jaxson is shedding new light on LeAnn's true habits in his book Don't You Know Who I Am Yet, claiming that the singer has a problem with laxative abuse.

According to Jaxson, he was with her manager once when LeAnn called asking for laxatives after noshing on a ton of food. That same manager told the publicist that Rimes takes them every day to maintain her bod. Holy whoa.

Let's be real: laxatives are nothing to mess around with. In fact, laxative abuse can be VERY dangerous to your body.

They remove a LOT of water from the body, making the user dehydrated and can worsen digestion. Aside from water, users also lose loads of essential minerals like magnesium, potassium, and sodium, which can create an electrolyte imbalance. Sound like no big thing? Wrong. The imbalance can cause harsh pains and, scarily enough, an irregular heartbeat. That irregular heartbeat is SUPER dangerous, and can even cause death.

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Not to mention, the more and more laxatives you take, the more likely you are to develop a dependency -- which I wouldn't be surprised if LeAnn has at this point. When this happens, your body stops reacting appropriately to the usual doses of laxatives so that the user needs to take higher amounts to produce any bowel movements.

In my eyes, these just aren't worth getting involved with. Whether or not the claims that Jaxson makes are true, there are SO many healthier ways to stay fit, and I hope LeAnn knows that. A habit like this is nothing to brag about, and if it's true, it sets a horrible example for her fans (the ones she has left, anyway) as well as Eddie's kids.

Do you know anyone who has abused laxatives in the past?

 

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