Please forward this error screen to 192. A hemorrhoid diet is not something I thought I would ever need, but I was 6 months pregnant and looked like a house. I immediately started on a haemorrhoid diet. While my haemorrhoids didn’t disappear until after I had my daughter, it made a difference and has helped avoid recurrence. 7 years later, I occasionally get a milder version of hemmorhoids I had after that fateful bike ride. When this occurs, I revert to my hemorrhoid diet, which improves symptoms in short order.
Hemorrhoids are swollen and inflamed blood vessels inside and outside the anus that can cause discomfort while sitting, standing or defecating. In vulgar terms, hemorrhoids are similar to varicose veins around the pooper. The vascular rich connective tissue in the anus becomes engorged and swollen. This is usually as a result of excess pressure in the abdominal or pelvic area on blood vessels near the anus. Like callouses on your foot from tight fitting shoes, they play a protective role to cushion the tissue in the colon and anus from damage caused by excess pressure. Sometimes hemorrhoids remain inside the anus.
Out of sigh, out of mind. Other times, unfortunately, they protrude to form gruesome looking asteroid-like bumps around the anal opening. They can bleed profusely and create discomfort, including intense pain especially in the case of a thrombosed hemorrhoid.
In addition, they can cause annoying itching and discomfort that results in part from difficulty keeping the rectal area clean of feces. As anyone who’s had them will agree, hemorrhoids are a colossal drag and that is an understatement. The Bottom Line on the Hemorrhoid Diet – How many people get them? The number of adverts for hemorrhoid treatments including creams, unguents and medicated wipes designed to reduce swelling, itching and bacterial infection is a testament to the frequency and annoyance of hemorrhoids. US population or 10 million people suffer from hemorrhoids. People may not necessarily be talking about their hemorrhoids but many are spending a good deal of money on the problem. Interestingly, most of OTC hemorrhoid remedies available in pharmacies are designed to treat the symptoms of hemorrhoids and many of the products do that fine. Prevention and eradication of hemorrhoids are where diet and lifestyle changes come in. The hemorrhoid diet can play a role in this.
Complications can include thrombosed or strangulated hemorrhoids, bacterial infection and skin fissures. Rarely does bleeding from hemorrhoids lead to anemia. Don’t self-diagnose suspected hemorrhoids or, for that matter, any bleeding, inflammation or swelling in the anal area. Get checked by a medical professional to eliminate more serious conditions like stomach, anal or colon cancer, diverticulitis, Chron’s and other intestinal problems. While hemorrhoids may eventually disappear or shrink over time, surgery is an option, especially in situations where the hemorrhoid is large, persistent or painful. Surgical techniques include cutting, freezing or strangling its blood supply via rubber band ligation. The latter has become the standard medical treatment for removing hemorrhoids.
Press here to read more about the current medical treatment for hemorrhoids in this 2011 Clinics in Colon Surgery article. While surgery or ligation can be effective in certain situations, recurrence can be high, especially if you don’t eliminate or modify the factors that may have caused them in the first place. This is where lifestyle and diet including following a hemorrhoid diet may help. Diet and lifestyle factors indeed can be an effective tools to manage, if not prevent, the little buggers. The poop on healthy evacuation techniques? It’s not necessary to squat on your toilet seat or go to the expense of converting your current throne toilet into an Eastern squat toilet. Simply ensure, when sitting on the seat, to keep your knees above your hips by placing your feet on low bench placed in front of the toilet. Make sure your children learn good toilet techniques to avoid future bowel and pelvic floor problems.
Weston Price and Dennis Burkitt have pointed out, less developed cultures that consume a whole foods diet and adopt different evacuation techniques that avoid straining, hemorrhoids and other bowel conditions like constipation, diverticulitis, colon cancer etc. This suggests a change in diet and lifestyle may make a difference in preventing or healing hemorrhoids. It is overall an inflammatory condition and diet and lifestyle can play a big role in avoiding this ugly contributor to bad health. Bottom line on the Hemorrhoid Diet: What dietary factors can increase your hemorrhoid risk? This is especially the case when certain other risk factors are added to the mix, like constipation, pregnancy or sitting at a desk for long hours. Bottom line on the Hemorrhoid Diet: The goals of dietary intervention when it comes to hemorrhoids?
See Foods for Constipation and Constipation Remedies for details. See Anti-inflammatory Diets for for additional details. Constipation and impacted feces are linked to a higher incidence of hemorrhoids because of increased abdominal and colonic pressure during the elimination process. A diet high in fruits and vegetables and whole grains including a good dose of raw fruits and veg on a daily basis is the number one tip here. Water is key for fiber to function as an antidote to constipation. Too much saturated fat found predominately in animal foods like meat and dairy as well as a high ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fats can lead to inflammation. For extensive tips on constipation including implementing a high fiber diet, water intake and avoiding constipating foods check out the pages Remedies for Constipation as well as Foods for Constipation. Increase your Omega 3 fat intake is important for healthy skin and mucous membrane as well as lowering your Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio.
Our modern diet often leaves us Omega 3 deficient as well, via an overabundance of inflammation causing Omega 6 oils compared to Omega 3’s, with the anti-inflammatory effect of our Omega 3’s impaired. Flax Seeds to Combat hemorrhoids – Flax seeds are high in Omega 3 oils and are a good way to soften stool to avoid constipation and the pain of hemorrhoids. Recall that the primary symptoms of the iconic Vitamin C deficiency disease, scurvy, are leaky blood vessels. Mmn, sounds like the modern diet! Nuts and seeds are vitamin E rich. This is an important micro minerals often deficient in our western diet because it is removed in the refining process.
Getting enough is important in any anti-inflammatory diet including the hemmaroid diet. For more about reducing inflammation via diet, key when it comes to avoiding hemorrhoids, check out the page on anti-inflammatory diets as well as inflammatory foods. While prevention is better than cure, these lifestyle strategies can both help avoid hemorrhoids and reduce recurrence. Have I now piqued your interest? The key is that your bent knees remain higher than your hips. Aside from my overly ambitious bicycling efforts while pregnant, physical activity that maintains toned abdominal and pelvic floor muscles are great choices to avoid hemorrhoids.
Kegel exercises that maintain your pelvic floor can help. Avoid standing or sitting for long periods or doing any activity that puts prolonged pressure on the backside. Stress is a risk factor for hemorrhoids as well as, for that matter, constipation and inflammation. Stress releases hormones that on a chronic basis can inhibit bowel action as well as contribute to inflammation. Magnesium rich foods can have a calming effect on muscles. Train muscles to relax, instead of tense in stressful situations and eat only when calm and in a relaxed environment.
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