Have hemorrhoids and don’t know what to do about them? Want to know how to prevent them in the first place? Hemorrhoids are common, uncomfortable, but temporary during pregnancy. Hormonal changes cause the blood vessels to expand. They can also occur in people with chronic constipation or diarrhea. Sitting for long periods and heavy lifting, and genetics can also be a factor.
A high fiber diet with plenty of fluids- water, low glycemic fruits, juices, and herbal teas help prevent hemorrhoids because the fiber and fluids soften the stool so they pass through with ease.
Hemorrhoids cause discomfort but should not cause a lot of itching. If you have extreme itching check for pinworms. Another cause of rectal itching is pruritus ani which can be caused by food sensitivities, contact with irritating substances (laundry detergent or toilet paper) fungi, bacterial infection, or tight clothing.
7 Tips for Hemorrhoid Prevention
Upgrade your diet- A high-fiber diet helps to prevent hemorrhoids and allows them to heal. Water is so important, make sure to drink a lot of water.
Use Psyllium seeds– Psyllium seeds add bulk and water to the stool which allows for easy passage and also coats the intestinal lining. They can be helpful for both diarhea and constipation and since they are not a laxative they don’t create a harmful dependency. Gradually build up to 1 teaspoon of pysillum seeds with each meal, in a smoothie, to prevent the onset of gas from sudden introduction of fiber. As you bulk up on the greens, grains, beans, and seeds, you will find that you no longer need to take the pysllium seeds.
Take Probiotics– Poor intestinal flora causes the digestive system to move sluggishly. Use of antibiotics, hormones, or high stress levels and poor diet can cause an imbalance of intestinal flora. Take acidophilus and bifidobacteria two to three times daily to help regulate peristalsis.
Address Magnesium deficiency– Americans have a widespread magnesium deficiency that contributes to constipation. According to recent studies we loose 75% of Magnesium during food processing. One of the many functions of magnesium is the proper relaxation of the muscles, and peristalsis is a rhythmic muscle contraction and relaxation. A deficiency in calcium-magnesium can create poor bowel tone. Take 400-500mg daily. This can be liquid or capsule. Best taken at night so you can empty your bowel first thing in the morning. The calcium also doubles to help reduce cramping in the legs and feet.
Eliminate dairy– Dairy products can cause constipation, acidity, and lactose intolerance can be a factor in a hemorrhoidal episode.
Examine Hormonal Changes– Women can observe the changes in their bowel habits at various times of the menstrual cycle. Pregnancy is a common but temporary cause of constipation and hemorrhoids. An underactive thyroid can also cause constipation.
Take Vitamin C– Vitamin C can be used to help soften stool. You can take 500-1000mg daily
Try these tips and notice what changes occur! Leave your questions or comments below.