Hemorrhoids are a nasty and nagging ailment that affects about half of the population by the age of 50, according to the National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse. Hemorrhoids are normally not a serious health concern and tend to go away on their own.
At their worst, hemorrhoids can cause pain, itching and even bleeding. But you can make some simple lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of developing them again:
- Include more high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and legumes, in your diet. Fiber softens stools, making them easier to pass and helps you avoid straining during a bowel movement, which can cause hemorrhoids.
- Drink six to eight glasses of water and other liquids a day (not alcohol) to keep stools soft.
- Exercise. Sitting or standing still for long periods of time puts pressure on the veins in the rectum and anus. To reduce this pressure, get moving. As obesity is also linked to the presence of hemorrhoids, exercise can also help you shed pounds to help prevent the problem.
- Use the restroom as soon as you feel the urge.