Simple Ways to Avoid Hemorrhoids

hh_fiberLet’s face it: some people are just more prone to develop hemorrhoids than others. Hemorrhoids are a common but uncomfortable condition that can be managed with some easy steps.

First of all, hemorrhoids occur when veins in the anus or rectum become twisted, strained or enlarged. One of the most basic steps to avoid hemorrhoids is to refrain from straining to have a bowel movement. The strain and pushing will exacerbate the hemorrhoids and make them worse, or even create new irritations.

Eliminating strain when using the restroom can be solved by two simple changes that require discipline: drinking at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water per day and increasing daily fiber to 25 grams. The water consumption is usually the easier part because water is accessible everywhere. Keep a water bottle with visible measurements at your desk or near you at all times so you can keep record of how much you are drinking.

Fiber is more tricky because high-fiber foods are not always tasty or exciting, and reading food labels can be tedious. A good alternative is to take a fiber supplement so you can track your fiber intake. If you would rather eat your fiber, try navy beans at a whopping 19 grams of fiber per cup, artichokes at 10 grams of fiber per cup, or figs at 14 grams of fiber per cup. Reducing your intake of processed food will help relieve hemorrhoids. You certainly will not be getting adequate fiber, so substitute more fruits and vegetables for processed foods and snacks.

Sleeping on your side will help take pressure off the rectum , especially if you are pregnant. Try to avoid sleeping on your back, which would add pressure to the veins around the anus. Taking a sitz bath can also help relieve pressure, swelling and pain. You can even add apple cider vinegar to the bath to help soothe affected areas.

Try these tips first before using a stool softener or a laxative, which can be habit-forming. Laxatives also can create more problems and aggravate hemorrhoids. Use natural methods first, and then talk to your doctor if you continue to experience discomfort.

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