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Welcome to another edition of toilet talks, to get up close and personal with your porcelain throne to answer your dirtiest darkest secrets. Today Abbey has got a question from Straining Sally who wants to know what to foods to eat with hemorrhoids and what foods to avoid with hemorrhoids.
Time to get personal, lovelies. Let’s talk about our anus. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in the anal canal. These swollen veins can form inside the anal canal, while also on the outside of your anus. Symptoms of hemorrhoids include bleeding during bowel movements, itching and rectal pain.
Whenever too much pressure is placed on our veins, in our pelvic and rectal area, hemorrhoids may occur. Here are a few reasons why:
Sitting On The Toilet Too Long
When it’s time for us to poop, tissue inside our anus fills with blood. When we spend a lot of time sitting on the toilet, the increased pressure to move stool overtime can cause the veins in the tissue to swell and stretch causing hemorrhoids.
Constipation or Diarrhea
When we have constipation or diarrhea, the increased straining and pressure on our veins in our anal canal, causing hemorrhoids.
Pregnancy & Labour
It is possible that some pregnant women can get hemorrhoids in the last six months of pregnancy because of the increased pressure on our blood vessels in the pelvic area. Also, during labour, the straining to push the baby out can either cause hemorrhoids or worsen them.
What Can you Do for Hemorrhoids Treatment?
If it’s an external hemorrhoid (not an internal one), over-the-counter ointments can help reduce the itching and stool softeners may help to reduce irritation during bowel movements. For internal hemorrhoids, a doctor may have to step in reduce the blood supply to the hemorrhoid so it shrinks and goes away.
Fibre does wonders for us, including our bowel movements by making our stools softer so it’s easier to pass. It is recommended that you get 25-38 grams of fiber a day. Rich food sources of fibre include: whole grain cereals, pastas and breads, as well as a variety of fruits (with the skin on) and vegetables and beans.
Eating a diet rich in ultra-processed foods like chips, candies and baked foods can lead to constipation and may have caused your hemorrhoids in the first place, so try to limit your intake of these foods as much as possible when treating your hemorrhoids.
Like most health advice, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Drinking water and other clear liquids will help the fiber in your diet work better.
Sitting in a tub of warm water several times a day can help to relieve the pain temporarily.
Exercise keeps us regular and can help to move our bowel movements along, so aim to get some exercise in everyday.
With our heavy reliance on smartphones and tablets, our visits in the washroom tend to be accompanied by these devices keeping us even longer on the toilet. There’s a new clinical study in the works that is looking at the relationship between smartphones usage on the toilet and hemorrhoid incidence. Leave your smartphones out of the stall and focus on the business at hand!
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