When you first discover that you have hemorrhoids, the natural temptation is to run to your nearest pharmacy and grab a cream to solve the problem. However, the hemorrhoids may have been caused in the first place by the diet choices that you have made and unless you address the root cause and make changes to your diet, you are unlikely to rid yourself fully of your hemorrhoids.
This article about hemorrhoids diet focuses on what you should eat. It is vitally important that you increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Fiber is essential for your digestive health, ensuring that food moves along your intestines easily and quickly, resulting in stools that are soft enough to be easy to pass (but not too soft). This results in less straining on the toilet, which is known to be one of the main causes of hemorrhoids. It is recommended that an adult should eat 20g-35g of fiber per day, but how do you get this much?
Five foods to make a big difference are:
- Dates - 1/2 cup = 7.1g fiber. You don't have to eat them all in one go, if this seems a bit much. Try putting a few into your breakfast cereal or oatmeal in the morning. You could also bake some delicious date and walnut muffins.
- Lentils - 1/2 cup = 7.8g fiber. The best way to get lentils into your diet is by adding them to soups and stews - they are a great thickener and absorb other flavors superbly. You don't need to soak lentils first, just rinse them before adding to the pot.
- Raspberries - 1/2 cup = 5.5g fiber. The good news here is that they taste really great too! Probably the best way to enjoy raspberries is simply by eating them on their own, raw - they make a quick, light dessert. Alternatively put them in a blender with a banana, fruit juice and some yogurt to make a smoothie - this makes a good breakfast on the run and the kids love them too.
- Frozen Peas - 1/2 cup cooked = 4.4g fiber. You should have these as a vegetable with your regular meals - they can be cooked in a few minutes in a saucepan or microwave. You could also try adding them to a salad - they go well with mint and cucumber.
- Chick Peas - 1/2 cup = 6g fiber. You can buy these tinned or dried - the tinned are more convenient to use as you don't need to soak them. I love to whiz these in a food processor with lemon juice, fresh coriander and a clove of garlic, to make hummus. Dip pieces of toasted wholemeal pitta bread into the hummus for a healthy, high fiber snack. It is probably best to avoid adding chillies whilst you have hemorrhoids, but you could do so once they clear up.
Try the tips above to see how some small changes to your hemorrhoids diet can make a real difference to your quality of life.