Hemorrhoids are a very common health problem, in which a lump or mass of tissue in the anus contains enlarged blood vessels. They are caused by an increase in abdominal pressure.
People usually experience hemorrhoids because of:
- Frequent constipation
- Persistent diarrhea
- Rushing to complete a bowel movement
Additionally, hemorrhoids are likely to develop in individual who do not get enough fiber in their diet or who d not exercise frequently. These poor diet and exercise habits can lead to constipation and straining during bowel movements, which cause or inflame the hemorrhoid.
Reducing your risk of suffering from hemorrhoids can be achieved by making a few simple changes to your diet and lifestyle. The following changes should help soften your stool so that you avoid the straining that leads to hemorrhoids:
- Increase your fiber intake. You should aim to have about 25 – 30 grams of fiber a day to decrease the risk of constipation.
- Stay hydrated. Drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water every day to keep your stool soft.
- Exercise regularly. Staying active helps prevent constipation and reduces pressure on the veins.
- Go to the bathroom as soon as you have the urge to have a bowel movement. If you wait to go to the bathroom the stool can become dry and harder to pass.