Hemorrhoids are quite obviously a very painful condition. Whilst they are fairly easy to treat when they do pop up (providing you start treatment as soon as possible!) it is probably best that you try and avoid them all together. After all, as with everything, prevention is far better than the cure. On this page I want to talk to you a little bit about how you can prevent hemorrhoids. This is NOT a complete guide by any stretch of the imagination. There are probably other things that you could do. However I just want to talk to you about the things that have been proven to work time and time again. Anyway, let’s jump straight in, shall we?
How to Prevent Hemorrhoids With Your Diet Plan
Honestly, when it comes to how to prevent hemorrhoids, there is absolutely nothing which is going to have more of an impact on preventing the condition than the food that you eat. One of the main reasons why people get hemorrhoids is that they ‘strain’ too much when they attempt to pass a stool. This is in part down to a lack of fiber in the diet.
It is important that you try to get as much fiber into your diet as possible. It is recommended that men should get at least 38 grams a day. Women should get at least 25 grams. If you can’t get it easily (and trust me, it should be fairly easy, all you need to do is eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains) then you should look into fiber supplements to help. The wonderful thing about going down this route is that you will also be able to use it to ‘fight’ against the hemorrhoids should they appear.
Remember, at the same time as consuming foods that will ‘soften’ your stool up, you also want to get less of the food that is known to ‘harden’ up the stool into your diet. This means saying goodbye to basically anything that is unhealthy. Just about anything that is high in saturated fat is going to be pretty much a no go.
As long as you remember to get more fiber into your diet then you should have combatted the main things that could lead to hemorrhoids. Read more about foods to eat and to avoid with hemorrhoids.
Drink More Fluids
I suppose this ties into your diet somewhat when it comes to the prevention of hemorrhoids. However I am going to give its own section due to how important it is.
You need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Your body needs fluid. You do not want to drink things which are known to dehydrate (soft drinks, coffee etc.) you want pure water. You may want to flavor it a tiny bit, but please, make it as pure as possible. The idea of drinking more fluids is that not only is it healthy for the human body, but it will also help to keep those stools loose. It also promotes better digestion so you don’t get ‘clogged up’.
How to Avoid Hemorrhoids With Exercise Plan
If you want to prevent hemorrhoids then you are going to need to ensure that you put as little strain on the ‘lower reaches’ of your body as possible. This means that if you are overweight you are going to need to shed some of it. Don’t worry, despite what people have told you, it is actually fairly easy to lose weight. Providing you eat well and have a good exercise regime then you should not have too much difficulty here.
Even if you are NOT overweight then you should still come up with a decent exercise plan. You do not have to do too much work. In fact, thirty minutes a day is more than suffice when you are trying to prevent hemorrhoids. The main idea of the exercise is to really take the pressure off the lower half of your body.
Whilst we are on the subject you also need to make sure that you are not standing still or sitting down for too long. Both of these are going to be a lot of pressure on the lower regions of your body, and this is just going to lead to all sorts of problems in the long run. If you are going to be standing up for long periods of time then do sit down once in a while. It will help. If you sit down for long periods of time at work then stand up and have a walk about for five minutes or so every single hour. Again, this is going to help you out A LOT.
If you are looking into how to prevent hemorrhoids then you really need to think about your lifting habits. Many people who lift heavy objects over and over again are prone to suffering from hemorrhoids. This is because they are obviously going to be putting a lot of strain on the lower regions of their body. You should NOT be struggling to lift anything. If it is too difficult then ask somebody else to help you out. You should also try and learn proper lifting technique (although there is sadly no evidence that this is going to help prevent hemorrhoids in the long run)
Keeping the Area Clean
This is not going to help prevent the condition as such. However, it is always worth ensuring that you keep the anal area as clean as possible at all times. This will prevent any bacteria getting into the anus and causing the blood vessels to become inflamed. As you are about to see in the next section, you do not want to be using tissue paper too often to clean out the area. You will most likely want to use some water. We will come to that next though. All you need to remember is to ensure that you keep the area as clean as possible. Again, this is something that is going to help a lot if you ever find that you are dealing with hemorrhoids.
Your Bathroom Habits
I want to wrap up this list on how to prevent hemorrhoids by mentioning how you can change your bathroom habits up for the better. The main reason behind this is the fact that the vast majority of people out there will do absolutely everything right when it comes to hemorrhoid prevention, but they slip up when they use the bathroom.
First and foremost, when you are passing a stool you need to make sure that you do not ‘strain’. If it does not come out after a couple of minutes sitting on the toilet then you should come back later. Those who sit for hours on end on the toilet (and yes, there are people like this), texting, reading, or doing whatever, will be putting a LOT of pressure on the lower area of their body. This means that they are making themselves very prone to having to deal with hemorrhoids. If you can, try to set up a bathroom schedule so you use it at the same time every day. You will be surprised at how quickly your body will be able to adapt to this schedule.
Secondly, you need to make sure that whilst keeping the area as clean as possible you do not ‘irritate it’. By this I mean that you should avoid toilet paper as much as possible. Toilet Paper is unbelievably coarse, even the softest varieties, and using it could cause the blood vessels to become agitated. In addition to this, many toilet papers on the market are laced with all sorts of chemicals in order to give them a certain smell or a degree of softness. These are not going to be good for your anal area at all. In fact, these chemicals are going to lead to some degree of ‘irritation’ out there. If you must use toilet paper then do make sure you purchase it ‘unscented’, it is going to be much better for you in the long run.
Instead of using toilet paper I really do suggest that you wash out your anal area in the shower after passing a stool. It is much gentler on your anus, and it also means that you are going to be able to clean it properly. Again, you should make sure that you use no ‘chemicals’ down there in order to clean it out. This means no shower gel. Water should be suffice. After that you should just dry it out by dabbing with a soft and dry towel.
Remember, if you believe that you have hemorrhoids then you should head to the doctor as soon as possible for a diagnosis. This will enable you to start the treatment plan as quickly as you can. Remember, just like every other condition, the earlier you catch the hemorrhoids, the easier they are going to be to deal with.