Now that you have that swollen and unbearably painful bottom, it would be good to
put on a checklist of foods to avoid and to munch on more.
Inflamed and swollen hemorrhoids are usually caused by what we eat or drink. Thus,
when preventing and treating the condition, doctors usually point to one’s diet as
both the culprit and way to a cure.
In many cases, the first prescription given upon the diagnosis of hemorrhoids is
a change in the diet from the popular fiber-deprived western menu to ones that are
rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Clearly, our choice of food, drinks and lifestyles dictates the condition of the
health of our behind.
Avoid Hot And Spicy Foods?
Try to steer clear of chili peppers. Eating too much chili peppers can cause a burning
feeling in the rectum or anus. Folk stories have it that there are more people in
India who have hemorrhoids because of the abundance of chili peppers in their cuisine.
I wonder if this as also true for Mexicans and the Arabs who also prefer to have
their food spicy hot.
Peppers are not necessarily all that bad, as they are also able to give better blood
circulation and heal ulcers as well. But while those swellings are still there, you
must refrain from giving in to those cravings yet.
Avoid Processed Foods
Processed foods also have their share of blame in the onset of hemorrhoids. As most
processed foods have fibers already extracted, they tend to produce hard and compact
stools and lead to constipation. Constipation is among those considered as the “root
causes” of hemorrhoids.
While not all processed foods may be labeled as “bad”, the ones to steer well clear
of are foods with large quantities of sugar, sodium, and saturated fats.
• White bread or pasta made with white flour • Refined sugars • Canned foods
with lots of sodium • High fat convenience foods • Cakes and cookies • Processed meats •
Breakfast cereals with added sugar
Animal fats and red meat, when not supplemented with enough fiber may cause constipation
as well. Instead, take foods that are high in fiber such as grains, fruits and vegetables.
You should also limit your intake of low-fiber or no-fiber foods such as ice cream
Drink In Moderation
Dehydration is among the leading cause of constipation that oftentimes triggers the
formation of hemorrhoids. Hydrating your body is the surefire way of preventing hemorrhoids.
In search for tastier beverages that please our palates, we try on a variety of flavored
drinks and take it as suitable substitutes for water. However, not all fluids that
we take are beneficial in preventing and treating hemorrhoids.
Excess alcohol intake also dehydrates the body as it acts as a diuretic. It induces
you to pass water more frequently and in bigger volumes. So are drinks that contain
caffeine such as coffee, tea, colas and softdrinks. Thus, if we can’t avoid these
beverages, it is recommended that we take them in moderation.