Hemorrhoids are incredibly common. They are caused amongst others by straining during bowel movement, lifting heavy objects, being overweight and by pregnancy. Smaller hemorrhoids are apt to go away in a few days. However, the problem arises when the hemorrhoids cause itching, burning, pain and bleeding.
The good news is there are simple ways to prevent and treat hemorrhoids. The best way is by avoiding constipation and bulky stools.
The tips below may prevent or improve conditions of hemorrhoids :-
- WATCH YOUR DIET
Making the right diet choices can help prevent or improve haemorrhoids. Consuming a diet that is rich in fiber and consuming sufficient amount of water daily, keeps your stool soft and allows regular bowel movements, which helps fight against one of the leading causes of hemorrhoids, which is constipation.
Great sources of fiber include fruits such as avocados and berries and vegetables such as artichokes, broccoli, and brussels sprouts. Whole grains such as oatmeal and quinoa and legumes, nuts and seeds, are also important sources of fiber.
These dietary intake help decrease straining during bowel movement which avoids pressure being placed on the veins in the rectum and anal canal which leads to the formation of hemorrhoids.
- GET MOVING
Staying active reduces your time spent sitting and putting pressure on the veins in the lower rectum. Exercise helps promote healthy bowel movement as it helps avoid dry and hard stool. However, avoid vigorous exercises such as heavy-duty weightlifting and similar exercises that causes exertion and straining which increases abdominal pressure.
- GO WHEN YOU NEED TO GO
Do not delay bowel movements when the need arises. Allowing the urge to subside can make stools harder to pass. Avoid spending too much time sitting on the toilet as it causes stress to the veins in the anus, resulting in straining leading to hemorrhoids..
The above tips may prevent or relieve hemorrhoids symptoms. However, in more severe cases, surgical and non-surgical procedures may be needed.
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