Hemorrhoids can be one of the most painful and irritating conditions you can ever suffer from. And the statistics show that over half of those 50 and over have experienced the burning, itching and bleeding associated with hemorrhoids.
There are several schools of thought as to the best ways to treat hemorrhoids ranging from natural remedies, to surgical treatments and everything in between. But by and large most people opt for the short term relief they get from creams or suppositories and avoid taking the steps to create a more lasting solution.
But there are things you can do right now that will reduce your symptoms quickly, reduce your incidence of flare-ups and keep you comfortable. And it all starts with paying attention to what you eat and making some modifications to your diet.
Here are some common foods that you are best avoided when dealing with the pain and itching of hemorrhoids.
Spices and Spicy Foods
If you love spicy foods, it’s time to come to the realization that they may not love you back. Foods like chili’s, peppers, and hot sauces can irritation the digestive system and wreak havoc on your bowel movements. Remember, hemorrhoids are swollen veins with weakening walls; often they can bleed leaving them open to external irritation. Spicy foods can cause major flare-ups and increase your pain because they can cause more inflammation to the veins in and around the anus. At the very least you should cut down on them or eliminate them for a short while to see if they help your symptoms.
Give up alcohol you say? How can that help? Well the truth is alcohol dehydrates you and yes while it can be enjoyable at the time it can lead to constipation which can make bowel movements more difficult. If a few glasses of wine at night or a cocktail is your thing then just make sure to hydrate yourself. Meaning for every glass of alcohol match it with a glass of water and drink 1-2 glasses after you are done with your alcoholic beverage. This will go a long way in protecting you from the straining and increased pressure that comes with drier stool.
Salt and Salty Foods
If you are like most people you often salt your food before you even taste it. And just like most people it’s probably become a habit more than a preference. The problem is when you have hemorrhoids the combination of the dehydrating effects of salt and the fact that it increases your blood pressure can lead to an increase in symptoms.
Processed and Refined Foods
This should go without saying, but a lot of foods on the market are pushed on you as healthy because they are low in fat or calories or both. The issue is that these foods contain very little nutritional value and are full of preservatives. These artificial preservatives can affect digestion and irritate the gut lining; these foods are also notoriously high in salt which we’ve already discussed. It’s best to eat natural foods that are higher in fiber and water content.
By eliminating or reducing your intake of these foods, you can dramatically reduce the symptoms of hemorrhoids. The problem is that changing your lifestyle can sometimes be difficult and having to watch everything you eat can get a little boring.
It’s because of this that many people are turning to supplements with proven ingredients designed to address the causes of hemorrhoids. By doing this proactively you won’t be as susceptible to certain foods because your digestive system and venous system will be much healthier.
A supplement like Hem-Help contains a variety of clinically proven nutrients designed to reduce the itching, bleeding and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids.
So while you are reducing or eliminating foods that can bring on your symptoms by taking Hem-Help you’ll be creating lasting change that can give you long term benefits. As you heal you’ll be less susceptible to these foods, giving you much more flexibility in your diet.