Hemorrhoids can be very painful if you don’t know what foods to eat and what foods to avoid. Thankfully, certain foods can help in reducing pain, discomfort, and inflammation caused by hemorrhoids. Additionally, people over the age of 45 and with a bad diet and lifestyle are on higher risk of obtaining them.
Studies showed that hemorrhoids are normally a result of having high-processed foods, chronic constipation, and a bad diet. In some cases, genetics also plays its part when it comes to hemorrhoids. Thankfully, it is possible to treat and prevent hemorrhoids with the help of medical and non-medical methods and by improving two areas of your life: Diet and Exercise.
What to Eat?
Below mentioned are a few solutions that you can use to manage your hemorrhoids and avoid them reaching the point where they become painful.
So let’s take a look at these five tips:
Increase Fiber-Rich Foods:
These fiber-rich foods are essential for a soft and easy bowel movement.
People suffering from hemorrhoids should increase fiber-rich foods such as whole grain (whole wheat, barley, oats), nuts (walnuts, almonds, Pistachios, etc.) and seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds).
Dietary Fiber adds bulk to stools helping them to pass through the intestinal tract.
A good example of fiber-rich diet plan is eating oatmeal in the breakfast, brown wheat pasta in the lunch, and pumpkin seed salad in the snacks. This inclusion in your normal diet plan will help you to avoid constipation.
Vegetable and Fruits:
Although vegetables and fruits may not contain as much fiber as nuts, and seeds but still you should include vegetables and fruits in your diet to replace unhealthy and constipating foods.
These vegetables and fruits supply enough minerals, and vitamins that your body needs to function properly. And they also prevent your hemorrhoids from getting painful.
Some of the best vegetables and fruits which you should include are: apples, berries, bananas, kiwi, pumpkin, and green leafy vegetables.
These fruits and vegetables contain enough fiber and water that prevent constipation and also keep intestine clean.
Drinking herbal juice containing licorice root, fennel seeds, dandelion, and senna leaf can help in reducing hemorrhoids pain.
All these four herbs remove toxins from the body and prevent constipation. If you also want a feeling of relaxation then add lemon balm tea and chamomile.
Try different herbs and see what combination works best for you. You can also include these herbs in your tea and you should drink at least 1-3 cups to get benefit from them.
Pregnant women and people with allergies with these herbs should consult their doctor before using them.
Natural and unsaturated fats found in oils and seeds such as flaxseed oil, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, tuna, avocado, and salmon can help in handling hemorrhoids.
Fats work as lubrication on the passage of bowel movement and reduce strain.
Additionally, fatty acids improve heart health and blood flow into the body.
Drink Lots Of Liquids:
Constipation is the biggest reason for hemorrhoids. And the best way to prevent constipation is to drink lots of liquids such as water, natural fruit juices, and herbal teas.
You have to drink a sufficient amount of liquid and see I mentioned ‘sufficient amount of liquid’ because everyone is different and there is no set amount of liquid that you need to drink to avoid hemorrhoids.
People with short height may need around 1.5 liters of water a day, but taller people may need around 3 liters. There is no set amount.
The best way to find out how much water you need every day is to keep water on your hand reach and drink it when you feel thirsty. This way, you remain hydrated and you will not feel thirsty.
Be careful, drinking too much water can cause nutrient deficiency.
So these five tips are all about increasing fiber foods in your diet, replacing unhealthy foods with veggies and fruits, increasing unsaturated fatty acids, using herbal teas, and drinking lots of liquids to stop constipation and help your body to fight against hemorrhoids.
If you are suffering from hemorrhoids, then it is important to eat healthy foods, and if you don’t then it can worsen your hemorrhoids.
Take a look at what can make your hemorrhoids worse?
Foods You Should Avoid:
Too Much Processed Meat:
Processed meat is full of preservatives that can cause constipation. For this reason, you have to avoid them as much as possible. Eating one serving of meat in a week is enough, don’t go more than that. If you feel bloated after eating meat, then avoid it.
You should replace meat with fish or chicken. Try including chicken legs and breasts to fulfill your protein and fats needs.
Don’t avoid vegetables. Your plate should include one serving of vegetables next to the meat.
Wrong Dairy Products:
Many people have allergies with dairy products and if you are one of them you have to avoid all dairy products.
However, if you are not then you can have sour milk and kefir because they help in bowel movements.
Avoid having hard cheese, cow milk, and their products because they increase the chances of constipation.
Additionally, dairy products slow down the digestion process and they are not a good source of fiber as well. So avoiding them is necessary to avoid hemorrhoids.
White Bread/Processed Foods:
All bakery items such as cakes, biscuits, pastries, doughnuts, pie, muffins, etc. increase the risk of constipation. For this reason, you have to avoid them.
Lack Of Exercise:
We are living in the modern era in which we can get anything by clicking just a few buttons on your Smartphone. However, our comfortable lifestyle is making us lazy and overweight.
Sitting for long hours can increase pressure on your lower region. The best way to overcome this situation is to stand up after every 40-45 minutes and if possible, then walk for just 5 minutes. This will improve blood circulation in the body.
If you are doing lower body exercises then avoid doing them until hemorrhoids disappear.
Spicy foods such as chili, pepper, and ginger can even reactivate quite hemorrhoids and cause great discomfort to the level where you can’t sit down.
Although spice foods increase metabolism and help in burning fat but as far as you have hemorrhoids, you should avoid them.
Final Few Words:
Hemorrhoids Surgery is not the only way to treat hemorrhoids. You can also get rid of hemorrhoids by making proper changes in your diet and lifestyle. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds can reduce the risk of constipation. Don’t forget to drink liquid to enhance blood circulation in your body. And you can also use these hemorrhoids creams for quick relief.