How to Prevent Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are a common condition that can cause pain, itching, and bleeding. They occur when the blood vessels in the anal area become swollen and inflamed. While hemorrhoids are usually not serious, they can be very painful and uncomfortable.
There are several things you can do to prevent hemorrhoids from developing or to relieve the symptoms if you already have them.
A high-fiber diet is often recommended for overall gastrointestinal health, and with good reason. Fiber helps to add bulk to the stool, promoting regularity and preventing constipation. In addition, fiber helps to keep the colon healthy by absorbing toxins and eliminating them from the body. Hemorrhoids are often caused by straining during bowel movements, and fiber can help to soften the stool and reduce straining. For best results, aim for 25-35 grams of fiber per day. You can find fiber in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and legumes.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Staying hydrated is important for preventing constipation, which can lead to hemorrhoids. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, including water, throughout the day. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases recommends that adults consume eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid per day.
For many people, regular exercise is an important part of staying healthy and maintaining a healthy weight. However, exercise can also have an impact on the digestive system. In particular, regular exercise can help to regulate the bowels and prevent hemorrhoids. The act of exercising helps to stimulate the contractions of the intestinal muscles, which in turn helps to move food through the digestive system more efficiently. Additionally, exercise can help to reduce the amount of strain placed on the anal canal, which can lead to hemorrhoids.
Avoid Straining During Bowel Movements
When you strain during bowel movements, it can put extra pressure on the veins in your anus and rectum. This can cause the veins to swell and bulge, eventually leading to hemorrhoids. If you feel the need to strain, it is important to take a few deep breaths and relax your body as much as possible. You may also want to try walking around for a few minutes before returning to the toilet. If you are still feeling the need to strain, it is best to wait until another time. Straining too hard can not only cause hemorrhoids but also increase your risk of other health problems such as fecal incontinence or anal fissures.
Reduce Toilet Time
Spending too much time on the toilet can cause hemorrhoids. This is because sitting puts pressure on the veins in the anal area. To prevent hemorrhoids, reduce the amount of time you spend on the toilet. This also applies to sitting in general so if you must sit for long periods of time, such as when working at a desk, take frequent breaks to stand and stretch.
Allied Digestive Can Help
If you think you might have hemorrhoids, don't hesitate to reach out to Allied Digestive for more information. Our team of experts can help you identify the source of your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In many cases, simple lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications are all that is needed to provide relief. However, in more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. No matter what your situation, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get back to feeling your best.