Like a lot of health issues, hemorrhoids appear on the ‘outside’ but are reflective of something that is wrong on the inside.
There are some factors which contribute to hemorrhoids that are pretty unavoidable such as pregnancy and working a desk job, but there are also some factors that can be reduced through lifestyle adjustments.
Although there are many different factors that increase your risk of suffering from hemorrhoids, they mostly include things that increase pressure on the abdomen.
One of the biggest contributors to this is constipation.
Although this is not fun to talk about, it is important that you are aware of it if you are a chronic sufferer of this condition.
Constipation is one of the contributing factors to hemorrhoids that can be avoided and improved by a combination of a supplement to improve colon health and diet adjustments.
Does Diet Affect Hemorrhoids?
The answer to this question is a resounding yes.
Your diet can affect your hemorrhoid condition more than you thought possible.
Because constipation is such a large contributing factor to hemorrhoid issues, one way to improve this condition is to make lifestyle adjustments which will improve digestion and reduce constipation- particularly changed to your diet.
By adding some foods to your daily routine, as well as a colon health and hemorrhoid treatment supplement, you can reduce or eliminate constipation and improve your hemorrhoid condition.
Consuming the right amount of fluids on a daily basis is a great way to prevent hemorrhoids.
Drinking a lot of fluids reduces or eliminates constipation and diarrhea. All fluids are not made equal, so you need to make sure that the majority of those that you consume are:
Pure Fruit Juices
Fluids found in fresh fruits and vegetables.
Ideally, your goal should be to consume at least eight glasses of water a day (about 2 litres).
Here is a short video about the effects on the body by dehydration. There is nothing about hemorrhoids as they seem pretty trivial compared to the other effects. You should watch this regardless.
Dietary Secret #2 – Avoid Caffeinated Beverages
Caffeinated beverages are one fluid that you want to avoid if you are a chronic sufferer (e.g. Tea, Coffee, Cola & Stimulating Sports Drinks)
Beverages that contain caffeine can actually dehydrate you, which can lead to constipation and further irritation of your hemorrhoids.
Replace caffeinated beverages like coffee with fresh fruit juice, which will also give you a boost of energy in the morning but will keep you hydrated.
Herbal Teas, although not to everybody’s tastes are also a good replacement….if in doubt or you can’t make up your mind, stick to water. There are so may other benefits to drinking water above & beyond the links with Hemmorrhoids.
We’re not stupid…a lot of people cannot get through the day without numerous hits of coffee/tea so there are 2 simple solutions that may help.
Firstly drink less, just cut a few cups out per day, it doesn’t need to be many to start, but it all helps.
Secondly, if you drink less or not, every time you have a cup of tea/coffee, drink the equivalent amount of plain water before you are allowed another cup of tea/coffee.
Dietary Secret # 3 – Increase Your Consumption of Whole Grains
One of the most important things that you can do to encourage regular bowel movements is to increase your fiber consumption.
One of the best sources of fiber is found in foods with whole grains. Adding more whole grains to your diet is a simple lifestyle adjustment to make in your daily life.
Switch out any white bread and pasta in your home for the whole wheat or whole grain options. You will come to enjoy the taste perhaps even better. If you can’t bear to be without your white bread, go for one of the 50/50 loafs you can get where it is still white but has 50% equivalent of wholegrain in it.
Whole grain has a ton of advantages over white bread products, including a lower sugar content. This is not only good for your general health, it will also improve digestion and possibly your hemorrhoid condition.
Dietary Secret # 4 – Increase your Consumption of Legumes
Legumes such as split peas, lentils, and various beans are extremely high in fiber (e.g. Kidney beans, Butter beans, Cannellini beans)
Adding these things to your diet can also improve digestion and prevent or help with hemorrhoids.
Dietary Secret # 5 – Increase Your Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Fruits and vegetables are not only rich in fiber, they also contain fluids, so they help with digestion and hemorrhoids in two different and essential ways.
One healthy and easy way to really increase your fruit and vegetable consumption is through juicing. Juicing is an extremely healthy habit to incorporate into your daily life.
It is not only a very easy way to increase your fruit and vegetable consumption, it will also allow your body to absorb the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants contained in these foods. It will improve your digestion as well as numerous other health problems.
If you do decide to go the juicing route, there is one downside in that it removes the fiber from the fruits and vegetables so only do this if you are sure that you are getting enough fiber from other sources.
If you do increase your intake of vegetables, try streaming them instead of boiling. They are much better from a nutritional point of view (most of the vitamins & minerals disappear into the water when boiling) which is a good thing regardless but they will tend to be firmer which aid digestion. On a side issue, they just taste better!
Sorry! This is one ‘secret’ I don’t much care for…..I enjoy my glass of red in an evening!
Alcohol is one thing that you could be including in your diet that actually very well may be contributing to your hemorrhoid problem.
Alcohol causes the body to become dehydrated. This can undo the benefits of many of the foods mentioned above by causing constipation.
A potential aid if you can’t give up the booze, is to adopt the same regime that we have proposed for the big coffee drinkers amongst us….drink water in between alcoholic drinks.
Dietary Secret # 7 – Take A Fiber Supplement
If you have tried adding more fiber rich goods into your diet and are still having digestion problems, or are having a hard time including enough fiber rich foods into your diet, you can also take a fiber supplement.
There are products on the market that contain a full serving of fiber and they generally come in the form of bars and cereal. This can be a quick and easy way to be sure that you are getting the right amount of fiber on a daily basis.
If you are like me & wary of just taking loads of supplements then before you go down this road it maybe worth watching this YouTube vid of someone describing all the foods that are high in fiber – it’s only 2 minutes long & you may stumble across something that you weren’t aware was good in that department e.g. I didn’t realise that nuts were high in fiber – I always thought they were high in ‘good fats’.
Want To Investigate Other Solutions?
Your diet is just one of many avenues which will affect your Hemorrhoids. We are adding new content & articles as we investigate them in the hope that we can help in some way.
One of the avenues are the various products on the market…..we mention this as we have just reviewed one of these in a previous article, it was one of the main products that seemed to have been talked about a lot & we were interested in finding out more, click the link – Venapro Review – to see what we discovered.
Thanks for reading.