Top 6 Simple Tips on How to Avoid Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids affect about 4.4 percent of the U.S. population, meaning it’s a quite common concern. Hemorrhoids can occur in anyone, regardless of age and sex. Luckily, this issue is easily treated and preventable. 

Hemorrhoids are considered normal features of anatomy and we actually all have them. But they are considered a real problem when they become painful, itchy, or start to bleed. As we mentioned above, it’s a preventable condition, so keep reading to find out some effective ways to prevent hemorrhoids: 

1. Get regular exercise 

Moderate exercise is one of the best ways to improve gut function. But it’s important to remember that being involved in activities that increase abdominal pressure like weightlifting may contribute to hemorrhoids. 

Being physically active prevents you from sitting for a long time which puts additional pressure on the veins in your lower rectum. If you are at increased risk of bleeding hemorrhoids, stay away from lifting heavy weights or other strenuous activities. Yoga, swimming, or walking are your best options.

2. Avoid things that put pressure on your veins down there 

Putting extra pressure on the veins in your rectum is one of the most common reasons for painful and bleeding hemorrhoids. It can sometimes be the result of pushing too hard when trying to have a bowel movement. Lifting heavy objects, persistent cough, pregnancy, or not getting enough fiber can provoke hemorrhoids as well. If you have problematic hemorrhoids, be aware of the pressure you’re putting on your bowels.

3. Eat plenty of fiber 

People with infrequent bowels are more prone to hemorrhoids. One of the best natural ways to fix this problem is to follow a fiber-rich diet or take supplements that contain fiber. Getting the right amount of fiber is the universal recommendation of most doctors. An average person needs 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. Consider eating more:

  • Whole grains (barley, bran flakes, oatmeal, and brown rice)
  • Legumes (split peas, lentils, black beans, lima beans, and baked beans)
  • Fruits (raspberries, pears, apples, and bananas)
  • Veggies (artichoke, green peas, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts)

4. Don’t try to fight the urge 

If you have to go, go. Fighting the urge is another common cause of problematic hemorrhoids. Don’t ignore Mother Nature, otherwise, you run the risk of hemorrhoids and other unpleasant things. Listening to your body is the best way to have a healthy and long life.

5. Stay hydrated 

Hydration is another good and simple strategy to get a healthy gut and prevent hemorrhoids. Along with following a healthy diet rich in fiber, sufficient hydration is the key to having regular bowel movements. Drinking enough water also fights constipation and thus reduces straining. You need to drink six to eight glasses of water each day. 

6. Be careful when using laxatives 

Fiber supplements, particularly psyllium capsules help fight constipation and achieve regular bowel movements both of which help prevent bleeding hemorrhoids. Laxatives are also effective and helpful as long as you choose the appropriate ones. 

Laxatives that work by stimulating intestinal contraction to move the contents along are not as safe as you may think. They increase hemorrhoid pressures and provoke symptoms. To avoid or to treat hemorrhoids, choose laxatives that simply increase the amount of water in the gut, and alleviate constipation.

The Bottom Line 

If you’re dealing with frequent constipation, or you’re engaged in activities that put additional pressure on your veins, or you have a history of problematic hemorrhoids, see your doctor. These tips are good at preventing hemorrhoids but a specialist’s consultation is also important. This condition is curable if treated properly and there is nothing bad about getting professional help.

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