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Best high fibre foods to help treat hemorrhoids

What are hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in lowest part of your rectum and anus. Sometimes the walls of these blood vessels stretch so thin, that the veins get bulged and irritated, especially when you poop. Hemorrhoids are also called piles.

Hemorrhoids are one of the main causes of rectal bleeding. They often go away on their own. Treatments can also help.

Symptoms of hemorrhoids:

There are two types of hemorrhoids:

  1. Internal hemorrhoids
  2. External hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids:

They are present in internal part of your rectum.  You cannot usually see or feel them. They don’t generally hurt because you have few pain sensing nerves there. Their symptoms include:

  • Blood on your poop, toilet paper after you wipe or your toilet bowl.
  • Tissue that bulges outside your anal opening. This may hurt often when you poop. You might be able to see prolapsed hemorrhoids as moist bumps that are pinker than the surrounding area. These usually go back inside on their own.

External hemorrhoids:

External hemorrhoids are under the skin around your anus, where there are many pain sensing nerves. Symptoms of external hemorrhoids include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Itching
  • Swelling

There is nothing to worry about piles. They can be treated with ayurvedic medicine for piles.

There are many high fibre foods that can be helpful in controlling your problems of rectal lump.

How helpful is diet?

High fibre, low fat, whole foods can often reduce or prevent the symptoms of haemorrhoids. Fibre in your food can lead to:

  • Increase stool weight, reducing the time faeces spends in the colon.
  • Increase water retention in colon, resulting in softer stools that pass more easily.
  • Decrease the pH levels in the colon, which also decreases colon transit time

Some high fibre foods can act as a natural laxative medicine for piles.

Which foods to eat?

Lots of food contain fibre, but some of the best foods to eat to help with rectal lump include:

  1. Prunes:

Prunes are dried plum. Stewed or dried prunes are rich in fibre. Just half a cup of stewed prunes contains around 3.8gm of fibre.

Dried prunes may also keep the stomach feeling full for longer, which means a person will not need to eat so often. This can help reduce constipation and obesity.

Compounds in prunes called phenols may act as an antibacterial agent in the gastrointestinal system, reducing the risk of infection.

  • Wheat bran and shredded wheat:

1-1/4 cups of shredded, ready to eat wheat cereal contains 5-9gm of fibre. Wheat bran and shredded wheat contains insoluble fibre, giving stool bulk and making it easier to pass.

  • Pears:

Pears are very rich in fibre. So ultimately eating pears will help you bulk up your stool and make it easy to pass off. Make it a point to eat it with the peel on as the skin contains the maximum amount of essential fibre. You can eat them as a snack or stew them or can eat them with other fruits in a bowl of fruit salad.

  • Apples:

Not only an apple a day, keeps the doctor away, but also your rectal lump. Apples have tremendous amount of fibre. If you eat one medium apple, that will be 5gm of fibre in your body. they are also known as soluble fibre pectin which helps to clear your bowels nicely and without difficulty. This happens because it creates a gel-like consistency in the digestive tract. This helps in preventing constipation and hence piles and its symptoms. Remedy medicine for piles can help control the problems associated with it.

  • Barley:

Barley is rich in fibre called beta-glucan, which breaks down and forms a viscous gel in the colon and softens the stool. Research shows that consuming barley may also improve colon health.

  • Corn:

Corn has been used as a treatment for constipation and thus rectal lumps from ancient times. That is probably because aside from fibre, corn contains anti-oxidants that prevent cellular damage from free radicals and other compounds that may help reduce pain.

Oatmeal is also useful as it softens stool and prevents rectal area from straining.

  • Lentils:

Pulses such as lentils, chickpeas, lima beans and split peas are among the best sources of fibre out there.

Consuming green lentils leads to significant increase in the weight of stool and reduces the time it spends in the colon.

  • Berries: All berries are fibrous to varying degrees. Raspberries and blueberries are filled with fibre. They are rich in iron; they can help restore the damage in the blood vessels and increase the overall health of the vascular system.
  • Broccoli: Broccoli contains high amount of fibre and contains a compound called sulforaphane, which may help improve digestion and protect the gut. Medicines for fistula and piles can be found online as well.
  1. Root vegetables: Root vegetables contain a lot of fibre, around three to five grams per serve. They include beets, carrots, turnips, potatoes and rutabagas. Tubers also have a lot of fibre in their skin, so that needs to be kept during consumption. Potatoes, that have been specifically cooked and cleaned, contain a lot of resistant starch. This passed through our tract without being digested and helps our citizens.

Take away:

Well, you can try changing your diet and lifestyle for your haemorrhoids issues. These food items are known as superfoods and are really good for your digestive and gut health.

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