Watch Out For Hemorrhoids: Prevention is always better than cure

It has always been said that prevention is better than cure. And this is true for all cases especially hemorrhoids. If we think about it, hemorrhoids are not really life-threatening but they could be really painful and uncomfortable. Plus, the chances of it recurring are very likely even if you have already received treatment for a previous hemorrhoid case. Hemorrhoids are also hereditary. If there are members of your family that have had this condition, you better take action now to prevent yourself from suffering this disease.
To prevent hemorrhoids, we must know first what causes it. Hemorrhoid itself is not a disease. In fact, hemorrhoids are present in everyone. It is when the hemorrhoids enlarge that it is treated as a disease. Though there are no clear evidences as to why hemorrhoids enlarge, it is an assumption that extra pressure exerted during bowel movements aggravates hemorrhoids and causes them to enlarge. When our body expels solid waste, our large intestine pushes out the stool through gentle pressure waves.
These waves pushes out the stool into the rectum then to the anal canal and finally to the anus. These gentle pressure waves can easily push out stool that is in ideal form, which is moist, soft and large. When the stool happens to be dry, hard, and small, the gentle waves of the large intestine are not enough to push it out. This is when straining happens, where extra force is needed by using the abdominal muscles to help facilitate in pushing out the stool. This extra force on the anal canal is what aggravates the hemorrhoids and causes it to enlarge.
To sum it up, extra force exerted upon or put into the anal canal is believed to be the primary cause of hemorrhoids.
Now that we know how hemorrhoids occur, we can find ways on how to avoid it. First of all, you can start by having diet with high fiber content. Fiber itself is not a cure to hemorrhoid but it helps prevent it from getting worst because it softens the stool and soft stool means less pressure on the anal canal. You can be sure with 20-30 grams of fiber since this is the recommended daily fiber intake. Fruits, vegetables, cereals, and grains are foods rich in fiber.
Fiber supplements could also be taken. Metamucil and Citrucel are over-the-counter products that you can try to help keep your stool soft. But bear in mind that you have to make sure that you take in at least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily if you are taking fiber supplements or else you might end up even more constipated. Introducing fiber to your diet should also be done slowly for you to avoid having gas problems.

Section image with hemroids Instead of stuffing up yourself with junkfood during break time, eat fruits instead. Phytochemicals like anthocyanidins that are present in fruits help strengthen the walls of weak blood vessels and veins. Cherries, blueberries, and blackberries are fruits rich in anthocyanidins. In case these fruits are hard to find, an alternative you can do is by doing supplementation with Vitamin C. This is rich in bioflavonoids and has the same effect. Citrus fruits have high amounts of bioflavonoids. Buckwheat and some herbal teas, like rosehip, also contain large amounts of bioflavonoids.

Increased liquid intake can also help. Men and women have different amounts of water intake needs. This is because men generally have more lean muscle tissue than women so they need more water. On the average, a man who burns 2,900 calories a day needs to take in about 12 glasses of water while. An average woman, on the other hand, who burns about 2,200 calories a day, needs to take in about 9 glasses of water daily. Other than drinking water, eating solid foods also contributes to your daily liquid intake because they also contain water. Solid food provides 3 to 4 cups of water daily.
Doing daily exercise and keeping yourself active also helps in preventing hemorrhoids from occurring. This is because long periods of standing and sitting can cause pressure on the veins in the anal canal and hence the enlargement of hemorrhoids. Keeping yourself active will prevent this pressure from building up on your veins. If your job requires you to sit for long hours, maintaining the proper posture could help reduce the pressure on your anal area. Also, do not use an inflatable doughnut cushion as chair padding.
Herbal preparations are also significant in hemorrhoid prevention. These herbal preparations include teas, herbal ointments and even suppositories. These are especially helpful to people who are prone to hemorrhoids due to genetic disposition or to those who are already suffering from the discomforts of hemorrhoids and are finding ways to alleviate the pain.
Liquids made from herbs such as horsechestnut, mistletoe leaves, mallow, grape-vine leaves, nettle, and oak bark are found to be capable of preventing the start of hemorrhoids and in alleviating the symptoms. The mentioned herbs are also of great help to people trying to treat external hemorrhoids. Compressions with mixtures of such herbs can be applied directly on the affected areas. A great herb you can try for its soothing and cooling properties is Aloe vera.
Another thing that should not be forgotten, of course, is to avoid straining while doing your thing in the toilet. As mentioned before, excessive straining causes pressure on the anal veins and therefore enlarges hemorrhoids. Do not strain for more than 1 minute during bowel movement and avoid sitting on the toilet bowl longer than necessary because the design of the toilet seat causes pressure on the anal veins - much like the same effect as the inflated doughnut cushion.
So, reading the newspaper while in the toilet is not really advisable. Also, as soon as you feel the urge, go to the toilet and avoid passing a bowel movement because passing a bowel movement sometimes makes your stool become dry and hard.
Reflecting on it, avoiding hemorrhoids is actually easy as long as you live a healthy lifestyle. Eat the right food and doing daily exercise is the best way to keep hemorrhoids at bay. Doing simple brisk walking on the way to work could already help a lot.