Hemorrhoid treatment - nutrition:

Fiber Is Fantastic!
Feed Your Body What It Needs

Changing your diet is an easy and effective way to naturally treat hemorrhoids.

Fiber, also known as roughage or bulk, is an important part of a diet to fight hemorrhoids. Fiber, unlink fats, proteins and carbohydrates is not digested by your body. Therefore it passes through your digestive system and out of your body.

High fiber diet helps fight hemorrhoids.
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High-fiber diets reduce constipation. Constipation is a factor which contributes to hemorrhoids. Fiber softens the stools which makes it easier to pass through the bowels. Hard stools can cause hemorrhoids to bleed by scratching them. Soft stools reduce straining and irritation of the walls of the anus.

To increase your daily fiber intake eat high-fiber foods such as: whole grain foods (eg. wheat, barley, oats, rice); legumes; nuts and seeds; fresh, leafy, green vegetables and fruit - especially prunes and bran.

Increase the amount of fiber you eat slowly to avoid bloating, gas and cramps.

Fiber works best when water is ingested so increase your fluid intake as you increase your fiber intake. Drinking sufficient water will help keep stools soft and bulky and prevent constipation.

If you add fiber to your diet but are still not getting enough there are fiber supplements you can take made from psyllium husks or ground flax seeds. These supplements come in different forms and can be found in most drug stores. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which one is right for you.

There are other benefits to a high-fiber diet which include:

  • Lowers blood cholesterol levels
  • Helps control blood sugar levels
  • Aids in weight loss