4 strategies to reduce recurring haemorrhoids

You are not alone if you suffer from the discomfort of haemorrhoids. Almost three out of four adults will develop this condition at some point in their lifetime. Haemorrhoids occur when the veins in your anus and lower rectum swell due to excessive straining. It can also happen if you are pregnant. Your risk of haemorrhoids increases as you get older as well as if you are obese. Haemorrhoids are usually not painful and often disappear by themselves. In some cases, a blockage can occur in the vein and this can make haemorrhoids painful, cause bleeding or itching.

There are ways you can reduce the likelihood of developing haemorrhoids on repeated occasions. ┬áTry these four strategies to help reduce recurring haemorrhoids…

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Movement is Medicine

Movement keeps your whole body working at its best and keeps things moving more easily through your gut. This will reduce the need to strain when you need to open your bowels.

Healthy Toilet Habits

When you are on the toilet do not strain or hold onto your breath as your lower rectum will experience an increase in pressure. Also, if you need to go to the toilet it is important not to hold on and ignore the urge. This can cause your stool to lose fluid and make it much difficult to pass later.

Remember to Drink Enough Fluid

Fibre needs fluid to work its magic in your gut. If your urine is a dark yellow this is a good sign that you need to increase the amount you are drinking. Aim for a pale yellow and you are on the right track.

Does Your Diet Include Enough Fibre?

If you are not meeting your daily fibre needs, then you are likely to have to strain because of constipation. Over 70% of Australian adults and over 50% of Australian children are not meeting their recommended daily fibre needs required for health. Adults need between 25-38g of fibre each day.

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Structuring your day so each meal and snack has some form of plant-based food is a good starting point. Foods like wholegrains, nuts, seeds, vegetables, legumes, and fruit. Also, to help fill over 1/3rd of your daily fibre needs in one delicious custard pouch there is an exciting new product on the market. Each pouch of South Australian Gourmet Food Company Fruit Custard with Added Fibre gives your body between 10.9-11g of dietary fibre.

The type of fibre in these fruit custard pouches are called inulin. This is a type of dietary fibre called soluble fibre and is especially important for reducing recurring haemorrhoids as it makes your stool softer and more comfortable to pass.  Before you head to the shops and fill your day with lots of fibre, it is important to start slowly as increasing fibre too fast can make constipation and straining worse.

Take home message:

Make going to the bathroom a pleasant and not a painful experience by adopting these four strategies. This will put you on the path to reduce recurring haemorrhoids.

References:

  1. Eating, Diet, & Nutrition for Hemorrhoids – What should I eat if I have hemorrhoids?
  2. Mayo Clinic