Everyone once in their lifetime probably had problems with hemorrhoids, and many know what a torment it was each time going to the bathroom.
It is not for comfort, but every other person older than 50 years has hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids are more susceptible to pregnant women, overweight and inactive people, as well as those who do not pay attention to their diet and take in excessive amounts of refined, processed foods.
Symptoms include painless bright red bleeding, pain during bowel movements and itching. For internal hemorrhoids you can see a trail of blood on the toilet paper, but it is a bigger problem if internal hemorrhoids come out from the anus – then the whole area hurts, itches and it is very sensitive.
A trigger for hemorrhoids is usually constipation, due to increased pressure in the blood vessels when straining during bowel movements. Constipation also worsens the condition, because of the already existing hemorrhoids, because the colon and rectum are under pressure, so they mechanically scratch the dilated veins, thus intensifying.
Prevention should mainly be based on healthy eating.
To save yourself from eventually having a surgical removal of the hemorrhoids, it is best if you follow these tips:
1. If you are overweight, lose some weight, because of excessive weight you have a greater load on the whole body – the blood circulation and the digestive system. Get plenty of dietary fiber to prevent constipation and maintain the health of your blood vessels. Make sure that your diet is varied and rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Avoid spicy food, because it irritates the inflamed body part.
2. Regularly eat soup or stew, and drink more water than the recommended 2 liters, for a softer stool.
3. Try, if you can, not to spend a lot of time sitting, because in addition to not burning calories you insufficiently stimulate the blood circulation.
4. Discharge should not be too short, but also not with straining. Long sitting on the toilet increases the pressure on the anus.