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HEMORRHOIDS

FOODS THAT HEAL

  • Water
  • Black beans
  • Lima beans
  • Barley
  • Bran flakes
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Oats
  • Flaxseeds

    FOODS TO LIMIT

  • Red meat

    WHO’S AFFECTED

  • Overweight people
  • Those ages 45 to 65
  • Pregnant women
    Hemorrhoids are enlarged blood vessels found in the anal canal
    They can be either internal or external
    Hemorrhoids are an all-too-familiar problem for millions of people—and have been since the dawn of time

    Nutrition Connection

    Drink lots of water
    This softens the stool, which can relieve pain, bleeding, and prolapse (when hemorrhoids protrude outside the anal canal at the rectum)
    Fill up on fiber
    Women should aim for 21 to 25 g of fiber a day; men should get 30 to 38 g a day
    Be sure to eat at least two servings of a high-fiber food such as beans, whole grains, berries, apples, and pears (with the skin on) at every meal
    Adding freshly ground flax seeds to cereals, smoothies, and yogurt is another way to add more fiber to your diet

    QUICK TIP:

    Add a fiber supplement Incorporating a fiber supplement containing psyllium helps prevent hemorrhoids

    Beyond the Diet

    Go when nature calls
    Delaying a bowel movement can make it harder to pass later on, which exacerbates hemorrhoids
    Don’t strain
    Forcing out a bowel movement creates pressure that makes hemorrhoids worse
    Relax, breathe, and let things pass naturally
    But don’t dally
    When you peruse a book or magazine while sitting on the commode, you also place pressure on hemorrhoids
    Take exercise breaks
    Spread exercise breaks throughout your day, especially if you sit for a living, as many people do
    Avoid lifting
    If you can forgo picking up heavy objects, do so
    If you can’t, be sure to exhale while you’re lifting and don’t hold your breath
    Sleep on your side, especially if you’re pregnant
    This relieves pressure on the blood vessels in your pelvic region and may prevent hemorrhoids from enlarging