Hemorrhoids and diet

Increasing the amount of fiber in your diet and drinking lots of water will make your stools softer and easier to pass.

High fiber foods include fruits and vegetables. Prunes contain a natural laxative that helps relive constaption. You can also try fiber supplements like Metamucil to increase fiber in your diet.

Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day in combination with a high-fiber diet is important. The water works with the fiber to increase the size of your stools and make them soft. Your bowel absorbs a lot of the water from your stools so it's important to keep your system hydrated.

Reducing the amount of meat you eat compared to the amount of grains, vegetables and fruit. Meat contains no fiber and fiber is important to your digestive system.

Eating a more healthy diet can also help you lose weight. Extra weight you carry can put strain on the veins which become inflamed into hemorrhoids. Consult your health care provider to develop a healthy diet to promote a healthy digestive system.