Once you discover that hemorrhoids are the reason you are seeing blood in the toilet bowl and your stool, you’ll want to get rid of this painful and irritating condition. Hemorrhoids can be very painful, maddeningly itchy, and cause pain when sitting too long or even walking. Most people can get rid of them naturally and avoid costly, painful surgery.
One of the main culprits in the creation of hemorroids is what you eat. Many developed countries are noticing that their populations are developing health problems, including hemorroids, as families and individuals begin eating more prepared and processed foods. Aside from the all the nutrition lost in the process of producing frozen, pre-prepared, and preserved foods you have added calories and sugars that interfere with digestion and cause hard stools. Taking the time to prepare your own food or your family’s from fresh ingredients will not only help you avoid hemmorhoids but it will keep you healthy all over!
You should avoid foods that cause constipation like too much cheese, dairy products (even ice cream), junk foods like potato chips, and processed foods. Stay away from fast foods which are highly processed and have a lot of salt in them; salt absorbs water that would normally go to your intestinal tract and help move waste. Red meat especially slows down the digestive process of digestion and causes difficult bowel movements that can create hemorrhoids. Cut down on starches, too, although you do need some to be healthy. As an added bonus you’ll notice that you feel healthier and have more energy.
One very tasty remedy for hemorrhoids is to eat a lot of fiber, raw fruits, and raw vegetables. Why not try that new, exotic looking fruit you saw in the grocery last week? Substitute fruit for your morning juice and snack on raw vegetables with your favorite low-fat dressing when you’re hungry between meals. It is easy to take cut up broccoli and cauliflower florets, carrots, celery, grapes, and other raw fruits and vegetables to work or on a trip than it is to take junk foods like potato chips. You’ll be fuller longer, too, as these healthy snacks digest more slowly than high-sugar junk snacks with little protein or fiber.
Water is your best friend when you want to prevent or remedy constipation that can cause hemorroids or if you just want to feel better! Most people think that because they drink a lot of soda, coffee, tea, and juice that they don’t need much water but nothing could be further from the truth. The kidneys have to work hard to separate all the sugars, chemicals, and other things in most liquids but plain water hydrates the body without straining the kidneys. If you’re not used to drinking a lot of water, you’ll also notice that your skin looks younger and firmer and you may even lose some of the fine wrinkles you’ve been developing. Water improves the digestive process and helps the body flush out toxins and waste with less work. Your stools will be softer, too, preventing tearing of inflamed and swollen tissues.
Alcohol is notorious for causing constipation, which helps create hemorrhoids and irritates the ones you’ve already developed. This is not to say that you can’t have a drink or two at the occasional party but avoid regular use. Did you know that every drink of alcohol destroys brain cells? You’ll not only be healthier if you cut down on or avoid alcohol, you’ll be smarter!
Exercise is as important as what you eat when it comes to preventing or getting rid of hemorroids. It’s no coincidence that hemorrhoids are more common in sendentary people who sit a lot. You don’t have to invest in a gym membership or buy expensive equipment, either. In fact, weight lifting and other exercise that causes you to strain can actually aggravate hemmorhoids. Walking, swimming, tennis and raquetball, jogging and even gardening are great exercises to maintain good health and prevent hemorrhoids or minimize their impact on your life.
Lastly, one of the most important things you can do to prevent hemmorrhoids or keep them from getting inflamed is to take your time in the bathroom. Straining will cause them to burst or help them develop by irritating the tissues in your anus. People joke about others who keep reading material in their bathroom but it’s no joke–relax and avoid forcing a bowel movement. If your life is so busy that you can’t spend a few minutes for a healthy elimination of waste, you’ll probably develop other problems such as hypertension. Slow down, enjoy some good reading material, and be kind to your body!