Some people say that prevention is better than cure. That is a wise statement indeed. We may not know it but many of our common habits are the main causes of hemorrhoids. This article will show us which habits they are as well as list out a few tips to hemorrhoid prevention.
Your diet can play a big part in hemorrhoid prevention. If you are accustomed to eating a lot of processed food then you could have a higher chance of getting hemorrhoids because of the lack of fiber content in those foods. The lack of roughage in your intestine means that stool cannot pass as easily which leads to straining on the toilet.
Changing your diet to increase your intake of fiber such as bran cereal, fruits and vegetables are a start to hemorrhoid prevention. It is also advisable to drink more water. Doing so will make your stool softer and will reduce straining.
Foods that may cause indigestion, gas or diarrhea should also be avoided in your diet.
2. Toilet Habits
Changing your toilet habit can also help prevent hemorrhoids. If possible, do not wait until ‘nature calls’ to visit the toilet because this means that your stool may be dry and hard making it more difficult to pass.
An important part of preventing hemorrhoids is to minimize the amount of strain put on your anus. To avoid straining, it is actually better for you to NOT sit on the toilet. Reading while we are trying to pass motion is also a bad toilet habit. This means that we spend unnecessary time sitting in the toilet when we could actually be done in about 5 minutes.
Another essential and basic toilet habit is of course to wash well after you’ve finished with your business.
A little hard to believe maybe but exercising is another way we can help ourselves to hemorrhoid prevention.
Sitting for long periods of time can also add pressure to hemorrhodial veins. It is understood that some of us have jobs where we need to be seated at all times but there are a few tips you can remember to preventing hemorrhoids while doing your job.
In order to avoid unwanted rectal pressure, try to make it a point to stand and walk around for 5 minutes at least once an hour. This simple exercise can help greatly with hemorrhoid prevention.
Having an active lifestyle can also reduce the pressure on your veins and keep you from getting constipated.